HTTP response caching for Koa. HTTP response caching for Koa. Supports Redis, in-memory store, and more!

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import koaCash from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/koa-cash';



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HTTP response caching for Koa. Supports Redis, in-memory store, and more!

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Caches the response based on any arbitrary store you'd like.

  • Handles JSON and stream bodies
  • Handles gzip compression negotiation (if options.compression is set to true as of v4.0.0)
  • Handles 304 responses

:tada: Pairs great with @ladjs/koa-cache-responses :tada:



npm install koa-cash


yarn add koa-cash


import LRU from 'lru-cache';
import koaCash from 'koa-cash';

// ...
const cache = new LRU();
  get: (key) => {
    return cache.get(key);
  set(key, value) {
    return cache.set(key, value);

app.use(async ctx => {
  // this response is already cashed if `true` is returned,
  // so this middleware will automatically serve this response from cache
  if (await ctx.cashed()) return;

  // set the response body here,
  // and the upstream middleware will automatically cache it
  ctx.body = 'hello world!';



Options are:


Default max age (in milliseconds) for the cache if not set via await ctx.cashed(maxAge).


Minimum byte size to compress response bodies. Default 1kb.


If a truthy value is passed, then compression will be enabled. This value is false by default.


If a truthy value is passed, then X-Cached-Response header will be set as HIT when response is served from the cache. This value is false by default.


If an object is passed, then add extra HTTP method caching. This value is empty by default. But GET and HEAD are enabled.

Eg: { POST: true }


A hashing function. By default, it's:

function hash(ctx) {
 return ctx.response.url; // same as ctx.url

ctx is the Koa context and is also passed as an argument. By default, it caches based on the URL.


Get a value from a store. Must return a Promise, which returns the cache's value, if any.

function get(key, maxAge) {
  return Promise;

Note that all the maxAge stuff must be handled by you. This module makes no opinion about it.


Set a value to a store. Must return a Promise.

function set(key, value, maxAge) {
  return Promise;

Note: maxAge is set by .cash = { maxAge }. If it's not set, then maxAge will be 0, which you should then ignore.


Using a library like lru-cache, though this would not quite work since it doesn't allow per-key expiration times.

const koaCash = require('koa-cash');
const LRU = require('lru-cache');

const cache = new LRU({
  maxAge: 30000 // global max age

  get (key, maxAge) {
    return cache.get(key)
  set (key, value) {
    cache.set(key, value)

See @ladjs/koa-cache-responses test folder more examples (e.g. Redis with ioredis).

Max age

const cached = await ctx.cashed([maxAge])

This is how you enable a route to be cached. If you don't call await ctx.cashed(), then this route will not be cached nor will it attempt to serve the request from the cache.

maxAge is the max age passed to get().

If cached is true, then the current request has been served from cache and you should early return. Otherwise, continue setting ctx.body= and this will cache the response.


  • Only GET and HEAD requests are cached.
  • Only 200 responses are cached. Don't set 304 status codes on these routes - this middleware will handle it for you
  • The underlying store should be able to handle Date objects as well as Buffer objects. Otherwise, you may have to serialize/deserialize yourself.



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Jonathan Ong http://jongleberry.com
Nick Baugh http://niftylettuce.com


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