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How to install PHP-Memcache on PHP 7.x using cPanel

How to install PHP-Memcache on PHP 7.x using cPanel
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After reading, investigating and tried lot of ways to install PHP-Pecl Memcache module in PHP 7.x I realized that there are many known issues with pecl’s provided memcache module in PHP 7+. But I found a way to install PHP-Memcache on PHP 7.x, keep reading.

Luckly, the guys at uploaded to Github an alternative version of PHP-Memcache that compiles and works fine in PHP 7.x versions. You can review all the changes at their Github proyect:

Step by step: install PHP-Memcache on PHP 7

Download and extract the file

cd /usr/local/src;
wget; unzip; cd pecl-memcache-NON_BLOCKING_IO_php7;

Configure, compile and install

/opt/cpanel/ea-php71/root/usr/bin/phpize && ./configure --enable-memcache --with-php-config=/opt/cpanel/ea-php71/root/usr/bin/php-config && make;

Copy and enable the modile inside cPanel PHP 7.1 php.ini files

cp -av modules/ /opt/cpanel/ea-php71/root/usr/lib64/php/modules/;
echo ';enable memcache pecl module php7' > /opt/cpanel/ea-php71/root/etc/php.d/40-memcached.ini; echo '' >> /opt/cpanel/ea-php71/root/etc/php.d/40-memcached.ini;

Restart Apache to apply changes:


After doing so, you will notice that the module is properly being reported by PHP 7.1:

[]php -v
ea-php-cli Copyright 2016 cPanel, Inc.
PHP 7.1.0 (cli) (built: Jan 4 2017 15:09:11) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2016 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.1.0-dev, Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Zend Technologies
with Zend OPcache v7.1.0, Copyright (c) 1999-2016, by Zend Technologies

Now run the following command to see if PHP-Memcache is loaded in your PHP server:

php -i | grep memcache -i

This should be the expected output:

[]php -i | grep memcache -i
memcache support => enabled
memcache.allow_failover => 1 => 1
memcache.chunk_size => 32768 => 32768
memcache.compress_threshold => 20000 => 20000
memcache.default_port => 11211 => 11211
memcache.hash_function => crc32 => crc32
memcache.hash_strategy => consistent => consistent
memcache.lock_timeout => 15 => 15
memcache.max_failover_attempts => 20 => 20
memcache.protocol => ascii => ascii
memcache.redundancy => 1 => 1
memcache.session_redundancy => 2 => 2
Registered save handlers => files user memcache

That’s it. Now you should have PHP-Memcache working fine with PHP 7.x versions on cPanel / EA4 based servers. If you know other ways to install PHP-Memcache on PHP 7.x, please let us know so we can add your method to this tutorial.


  • Nicola

    after following this guide, php is showing the memcache extension but when I try to login I get : PHP WARNING: session_start(): Failed to read session data: memcache

    Any help?

    • Hey Nicola,

      Make sure you have memcached system daemon installed and running ok.

      • Nicola

        Hey Esteban,
        yes the deamon is started and listening on port 11211.

        root 26650 0.0 0.0 364424 4424 ? Ssl Apr04 3:28 /usr/local/memcached/bin/memcached -d -p 11211 -u root -m 1024 -c 2048 -P /var/run/

        I’ve another instance of php5.6.6 and that is pointing to memcached for sessions, and it is working.

        I tried installing php7.0.13 and now, I don’t get the error anymore on the apache logs, but the login still does not work.

        • Make sure your session save path is writable, also read this, just in case:

          • Nicola

            Hi Esteban, yes the path is writable as the php5 is writing to it.
            I tried installing memcached extension and it worked using ‘’ but I would like to continue using memcache for failover etc. Any other suggestion?

            This is my php.ini now :
            session.save_handler = memcache
            session.save_path = ‘tcp://’
            memcache.lock_timeout = 60

          • Right now I can’t think about any other solution, you need to investigate more I’m afraid.
            Sorry I can’t help you this time. Good luck.