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Enable Memcached Support In Nagios – Steps to follow

by | May 18, 2021

Wondering how to enable Memcached support in Nagios? We can help you

With Memcached, we can cache SQL query results in memory on one or more Memcached servers. This can dramatically improve performance in heavily utilized Nagios XI deployments.

As part of our Server Management Services, we assist our customers with several Nagios queries.

Today, let us see how to increase the performance of Nagios XI by enabling Memcached.


Enable Memcached Support In Nagios

It is possible for us to set up one or more Memcached servers (hosts).

To do so, we establish a terminal server to Nagios XI server as a root user. Then we proceed with the following steps.


Install Memcached

Initially, we need to install the packages we require:


# yum -y install memcached php-pecl-memcached

Debian 9|Ubuntu 16/18

# apt-get install -y memcached php-memcached


Firewall Rules

Each of them should configure its firewall to allow traffic on TCP port 11211. Only then will it allow Nagios XI to contact the Memcached server.

To create the firewall rules we execute:

RHEL 7+|CentOS 7+

# firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-port=11211/tcp
# firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-port=11211/tcp –permanent


# ufw allow proto tcp from any to any port 11211
# ufw reload


# iptables -I INPUT -p tcp –dport 11211 -j ACCEPT


Configure Memcached

This ensures the Memcached server will start when the server boots. We can start it by issuing the following commands:

RHEL 7+|CentOS 7+|Debian|Ubuntu 16/18

# systemctl enable memcached
# systemctl start memcached


Enable Memcached Support In PHP

We need to add an extension line to the php.ini file. The location of this file differs depending on the OS/version.

To determine the location, we run:

# find /etc -name php.ini

In case we get multiple results, we need to change the one in the apache directory.

We add the extension line with the following command:

# echo “” >> /etc/php.ini

Then we restart the Apache service:

RHEL 7+|CentOS 7+

# systemctl restart httpd.service

Debian|Ubuntu 16/18

# systemctl restart apache2.service


Enable Memcached Support In Nagios XI

Moving ahead, we edit the Nagios XI configuration file to enable Memcached:

vi /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/

We find the following line:

$cfg[‘memcached_enable’] = false;

Then we change it to:

$cfg[‘memcached_enable’] = true;

Eventually, we save the changes and close the file.

On the other hand, the below commands will make the change for us:

# cd /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/
# sed -i “s/memcached_enable’] = false/memcached_enable’] = true/g”

Now, Nagios XI will start using Memcached to cache SQL query results.


View Memcached Statistics

To view the cache statistics, we can download and install the useful memcached-tool:

# cd /tmp
# wget
# chmod +x memcached-tool
# ./memcached-tool display
# ./memcached-tool stats


Multiple Memcache Servers

Nagios XI supports using multiple Memcache servers. In the config file /usr/local/nagiosxi/html/, the following line dictates this:


This is an array of addresses of the Memcached servers we want Nagios XI to use. The address surrounds by ‘single quotes’. The comma is to separate each entry.

For example,


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In short, we saw how our Support Techs enable Memcached for our customers.


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