Python Memcached Get (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The get function in a Python Memcached client is primarily used for retrieving data (values) using respective keys. Common use cases include caching data to reduce database load, storing session data, or rapid retrieval of frequently accessed information.

Code Examples

Let's assume you're using the pymemcache library, which is a comprehensive Python client for Memcached.

Firstly, install pymemcache with pip:

pip install pymemcache

Then, here's an example of how to use the get method:

from pymemcache.client.base import Client # Create a memcached client client = Client(('localhost', 11211)) # Set a value for the key 'my_key' client.set('my_key', 'my_value') # Get the value of 'my_key' value = client.get('my_key') print(value) # Output: 'my_value'

In this code, we first create a connection to our Memcached server running on localhost at port 11211. Then we store a value 'my_value' under the key 'my_key'. After that, we retrieve the stored value using the get function and print it.

Best Practices

  1. Make sure to handle None returns from get. If the key doesn't exist in the cache, get will return None.
  2. Avoid unnecessary network calls by checking if you have a valid key before trying to get its associated value.
  3. For multiple gets, consider using get_multi to perform them in one network call.

Common Mistakes

  1. Not handling exceptions: Network issues or a downed Memcached can cause exceptions. Make sure to handle these in your code.
  2. Expecting Memcached to be a persistent store: Memcached is not intended to be a persistent data store, so don't assume that once data is stored, it will always be retrievable.


  1. What happens if I try to get a key that doesn't exist?

    • The get method will return None.
  2. Is there any difference between get and get_multi?

    • Yes, get retrieves a single key-value pair, while get_multi can retrieve multiple key-value pairs in a single call, optimizing network usage.

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