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Memcached Transport for Elasticsearch

DEPRECATED: The memcached transport is deprecated as of Elasticsearch v1.5.0, and will be removed in 2.0

The memcached transport plugin allows to use the REST interface over memcached (though with limitations). The memcached protocol supports both the binary and the text protocol, automatically detecting the correct one to use.

In order to install the plugin, simply run:

bin/plugin install elasticsearch/elasticsearch-transport-memcached/2.7.0

You need to install a version matching your Elasticsearch version:

elasticsearch memcached Plugin Docs
master Build from source See below
es-1.7 2.7.0 2.7.0
es-1.6 2.6.0 2.6.0
es-1.5 2.5.0 2.5.0
es-1.4 2.4.1 2.4.1
es-1.3 2.3.0 2.3.0
es-1.2 2.2.0 2.2.0
es-1.0 2.0.0 2.0.0
es-0.90 1.7.0 1.7.0

To build a SNAPSHOT version, you need to build it with Maven:

mvn clean install
plugin --install transport-memcached \
       --url file:target/releases/

mapping rest to memcached protocol

Memcached commands are mapped to REST and handled by the same generic REST layer in elasticsearch. Here is a list of the memcached commands supported:


The memcached GET command maps to a REST GET. The key used is the URI (with parameters). The main downside is the fact that the memcached GET does not allow body in the request (and SET does not allow to return a result...). For this reason, most REST APIs (like search) allow to accept the "source" as a URI parameter as well.


The memcached SET command maps to a REST POST. The key used is the URI (with parameters), and the body maps to the REST body.


The memcached DELETE command maps to a REST DELETE. The key used is the URI (with parameters).


The memcached QUIT command is supported and disconnects the client.


The following are the settings the can be configured for memcached:

Setting Description
memcached.port A bind port range. Defaults to 11211-11311.

It also uses the common network settings.

disable memcached

The memcached module can be completely disabled and not started using by setting memcached.enabled to false. By default it is enabled once it is detected as a plugin.

Known limitations

Memcached protocol only allow the key length to be under 250. It means that when you send a "big" query using GET, the JSON document passed as a URI parameter it could ends up to be truncated. So elasticsearch don't get the whole query and generate a JsonParseException error. It's better to use SET in that case.


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