Using Memcached with Drupal 9.x recommends using Redis for caching with Drupal over Memcached, as Redis offers better performance when dealing with larger values as Drupal tends to produce. However, Memcached is also available if desired and is fully supported.


Add a Memcached service 

1. Configure the service 

Use the memcached type to define the service:

    type: memcached:<VERSION>

2. Add the relationship 

Use the memcached endpoint to define the relationship

You can define <SERVICE_NAME> and <RELATIONSHIP_NAME> as you like, but it’s best if they’re distinct.

Example Configuration 

Service definition:

    type: memcached:1.6

App configuration:
    memcachedcache: "cachemc:memcached"

Add the Memcached PHP extension 

You will need to enable the PHP Memcached extension. In your file, add the following right after the type block:

# Additional extensions
        - memcached

Add the Drupal module 

You will need to add the Memcache module to your project. If you are using Composer to manage your Drupal site (which we recommend), run:

composer require drupal/memcache

Then commit the resulting changes to your composer.json and composer.lock files.


The Drupal Memcache module must be configured via settings.platformsh.php.

Place the following at the end of settings.platformsh.php. Note the inline comments, as you may wish to customize it further. Also review the README.txt file that comes with the memcache module, as it has a more information on possible configuration options. For instance, you may want to consider using memcache for locking as well and configuring cache stampede protection.

The example below is intended as a “most common case”.


// If you named your memcached relationship something other than "memcachedcache", set that here.
$relationship_name = 'memcachedcache';

if ($platformsh->hasRelationship($relationship_name) && extension_loaded('memcached')) {
  $platformsh->registerFormatter('drupal-memcached', function($creds) {
    return sprintf("%s:%d", $creds['host'], $creds['port']);

  // This is the line that tells Drupal to use memcached as a backend.
  // Comment out just this line if you need to disable it for some reason and
  // fall back to the default database cache.
  $settings['cache']['default'] = 'cache.backend.memcache';

  $host = $platformsh->formattedCredentials($relationship_name, 'drupal-memcached');
  $settings['memcache']['servers'][$host] = 'default';

  // By default Drupal starts the cache_container on the database.  The following
  // code overrides that.
  // Make sure that the $class_load->addPsr4 is pointing to the right location of
  // the memcache module.  The value below should be correct if memcache was installed
  // using Drupal Composer.
  $memcache_exists = class_exists('Memcache', FALSE);
  $memcached_exists = class_exists('Memcached', FALSE);
  if ($memcache_exists || $memcached_exists) {
    $class_loader->addPsr4('Drupal\\memcache\\', 'modules/contrib/memcache/src');

    // If using a multisite configuration, adapt this line to include a site-unique
    // value.
    $settings['memcache']['key_prefix'] = $platformsh->environment;

    // Define custom bootstrap container definition to use Memcache for cache.container.
    $settings['bootstrap_container_definition'] = [
      'parameters' => [],
      'services' => [
        'database' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\Core\Database\Connection',
          'factory' => 'Drupal\Core\Database\Database::getConnection',
          'arguments' => ['default'],
        'settings' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\Core\Site\Settings',
          'factory' => 'Drupal\Core\Site\Settings::getInstance',
        'memcache.settings' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\memcache\MemcacheSettings',
          'arguments' => ['@settings'],
        'memcache.factory' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\memcache\Driver\MemcacheDriverFactory',
          'arguments' => ['@memcache.settings'],
        'memcache.backend.cache.container' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\memcache\DrupalMemcacheInterface',
          'factory' => ['@memcache.factory', 'get'],
          'arguments' => ['container'],
        'lock.container' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\memcache\Lock\MemcacheLockBackend',
          'arguments' => ['container', '@memcache.backend.cache.container'],
        'cache_tags_provider.container' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\Core\Cache\DatabaseCacheTagsChecksum',
          'arguments' => ['@database'],
        'cache.container' => [
          'class' => 'Drupal\memcache\MemcacheBackend',
          'arguments' => ['container', '@memcache.backend.cache.container', '@lock.container', '@memcache.config', '@cache_tags_provider.container'],