Laravel provides an easy way to use caching mechanisms to improve the performance of web applications. Memcached is one of the caching drivers supported by Laravel. In this guide, we will see how to configure and use Memcached as a caching driver in Laravel.
First, you need to install the Memcached server on your system. You can install it using the package manager of your operating system. For example, if you're using Ubuntu, you can install it with the following command:
sudo apt-get install memcached
You also need to install the Memcached PHP extension for Laravel to communicate with the Memcached server. You can install it using the following command:
sudo apt-get install php-memcached
Next, you need to configure Memcached as the cache driver in Laravel. Open the
.env file at the root of your Laravel project and set the
CACHE_DRIVER variable to
memcached. You can also set other configuration options like the Memcached server host and port.
Now that Memcached is configured in Laravel, you can use it to cache data in your application. The simplest way to use caching in Laravel is through the
cache() function. Here's an example:
In this example, we retrieve data from the cache using the
cache() function. If the data is not found in the cache, we retrieve it from the database and cache it for 60 minutes using the
cache() function again.
That's it! You now know how to use Memcached as a caching driver in Laravel.