Amnesia is what you get when you lose your memory.

Hopefully with Amnesia you'll know exactly whats happening with memory when it comes to memcached.

Amnesia screen shot


Its always nice to have some statistics to see how everything is performing within your stack. Memcached seems to be a mystery box that people don't really pay a lot of attention to.

Amnesia tells you how your application is performing, when it misses, when it is running sweet, when you're about to run out of memcached and (perhaps) fall down in a screaming heap.

What does it tell you?

All stats are since each memcached instance was restarted

Available as a cumulative result of all your memcached instances, or single instances alone:

  • Cache hits and misses
  • Reads and writes
  • Remaining memory

Available for single instances only:

  • Amount of items stored in cache
  • Connections (current and total)
  • Accesses (Read / Write)
  • Accuracy (Hits / Misses)
  • Memory (Used / Total)

Installation / Getting started

gem install amnesia

How to run it alongside your application


require 'amnesia'
use Amnesia::Application
run Sinatra::Application

Then, cruise on over to your-host.tld/amnesia

Configuration options


Amnesia will work automagically if you drop it on a Heroku powered app, likewise—for a "standard" memcache host (running on localhost:11211, the default.).

When you need to specify where your memcache hosts can be found, you can either set an environment variable:

ENV["MEMCACHE_SERVERS"] = ['localhost:11211']

or alternately, you can set it within your

use Amnesia::Application, :hosts => ["", ""]


When you want to keep your Amnesia data private, you can set an environment variable that will enable http basic authentication:

ENV["AMNESIA_CREDS"] = ben:schwarz

in your shell, you might do it like this:

export AMNESIA_CREDS=ben:schwarz

on heroku, like this:

heroku config:add AMNESIA_CREDS=ben:schwarz

Potential issues

  • Hosts are listed as "Inactive" or "Not Responding"

Amnesia uses memcached-client to connect to memcached on the standard memcached port (11211), be sure to enter your full hostname with the port if you are using a non standard port. (localhost:11211 will work)

Within my slices, I punched a hole through iptables

sudo iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -s HOST_THAT_REQUIRES_ACCESS -p tcp --destination-port 11211 -j ACCEPT

You won't need to do this unless you've explicitly blocked ports to your server. (When in doubt, block nearly everything)

Let me know if you come accross any issues using Github messaging.

Something missing?

Amnesia used to be a full blown application that required a datamapper sqlite database, yml file for configuration and a bit of pain to get deployed. I decided these were all false constraints and wrapped it up as a middleware instead. Now—You can drop it alongside your rails/sinatra/rack application and see what the hell is going on with Memcached.


MIT, See LICENCE file.