memcache 0.7.0

memcached client for rust


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rust-memcache is a Memcached client written in pure rust.


The crate is called memcache and you can depend on it via cargo:

memcache = "*"


  • Binary protocal
  • TCP connection
  • UDP connection
  • UNIX Domain socket connection
  • Automatically compress
  • Automatically serialize to JSON / msgpack etc.
  • Typed interface
  • Mutiple server support with custom key hash algorithm

Basic usage

// create connection with to memcached server node:
let mut client = memcache::Client::new(["memcache://").unwrap();

// flush the database

// set a string value
client.set("foo", "bar", 0).unwrap();

// retrieve from memcached:
let value: Option<String> = client.get("foo").unwrap();
assert_eq!(value, Some(String::from("bar")));
assert_eq!(value.unwrap(), "bar");

// prepend, append:
client.prepend("foo", "foo").unwrap();
client.append("foo", "baz").unwrap();
let value: String = client.get("foo").unwrap().unwrap();
assert_eq!(value, "foobarbaz");

// delete value:

// using counter:
client.set("counter", 40, 0).unwrap();
client.increment("counter", 2).unwrap();
let answer: i32 = client.get("counter").unwrap().unwrap();
assert_eq!(answer, 42);

Custom key hash function

If you have multiple memcached server, you can create the memcache::Client struct with a vector of urls of them. Which server will be used to store and retrive is based on what the key is.

This library have a basic rule to do this with rust's builtin hash function, and also you can use your custom function to do this, for something like you can using a have more data on one server which have more memory quota, or cluster keys with their prefix, or using consitent hash for large memcached cluster.

let mut client = memcache::Client::new(vec!["memcache://", "memcache:///tmp/memcached.sock"]).unwrap();
client.hash_function = |key: &str| -> u64 {
    // your custom hashing function here
    return 1;