Django2.0手册:Django’s cache framework

A fundamental trade-off in dynamic websites is, well, they’re dynamic. Each
time a user requests a page, the Web server makes all sorts of calculations —
from database queries to template rendering to business logic — to create the
page that your site’s visitor sees. This is a lot more expensive, from a
processing-overhead perspective, than your standard
read-a-file-off-the-filesystem server arrangement.

For most Web applications, this overhead isn’t a big deal. Most Web
applications aren’t or; they’re simply
small- to medium-sized sites with so-so traffic. But for medium- to
high-traffic sites, it’s essential to cut as much overhead as possible.

That’s where caching comes in.

To cache something is to save the result of an expensive calculation so that
you don’t have to perform the calculation next time. Here’s some pseudocode
explaining how this would work for a dynamically generated Web page:

given a URL, try finding that page in the cache
if the page is in the cache:
    return the cached page
    generate the page
    save the generated page in the cache (for next time)
    return the generated page

Django comes with a robust cache system that lets you save dynamic pages so
they don’t have to be calculated for each request. For convenience, Django
offers different levels of cache granularity: You can cache the output of
specific views, you can cache only the pieces that are difficult to produce,
or you can cache your entire site.

Django also works well with “downstream” caches, such as Squid and browser-based caches. These are the types of
caches that you don’t directly control but to which you can provide hints (via
HTTP headers) about which parts of your site should be cached, and how.

See also

The Cache Framework design philosophy
explains a few of the design decisions of the framework.

Setting up the cache¶

The cache system requires a small amount of setup. Namely, you have to tell it
where your cached data should live — whether in a database, on the filesystem
or directly in memory. This is an important decision that affects your cache’s
performance; yes, some cache types are faster than others.

Your cache preference goes in the CACHES setting in your
settings file. Here’s an explanation of all available values for


The fastest, most efficient type of cache supported natively by Django,
Memcached is an entirely memory-based cache server, originally developed
to handle high loads at and subsequently open-sourced by
Danga Interactive. It is used by sites such as Facebook and Wikipedia to
reduce database access and dramatically increase site performance.

Memcached runs as a daemon and is allotted a specified amount of RAM. All it
does is provide a fast interface for adding, retrieving and deleting data in
the cache. All data is stored directly in memory, so there’s no overhead of
database or filesystem usage.

After installing Memcached itself, you’ll need to install a Memcached
binding. There are several Python Memcached bindings available; the
two most common are python-memcached and pylibmc.

To use Memcached with Django:

  • Set BACKEND to
    django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache or
    django.core.cache.backends.memcached.PyLibMCCache (depending
    on your chosen memcached binding)
  • Set LOCATION to ip:port values,
    where ip is the IP address of the Memcached daemon and port is the
    port on which Memcached is running, or to a unix:path value, where
    path is the path to a Memcached Unix socket file.

In this example, Memcached is running on localhost ( port 11211, using
the python-memcached binding:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache',
        'LOCATION': '',

In this example, Memcached is available through a local Unix socket file
/tmp/memcached.sock using the python-memcached binding:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache',
        'LOCATION': 'unix:/tmp/memcached.sock',

When using the pylibmc binding, do not include the unix:/ prefix:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.PyLibMCCache',
        'LOCATION': '/tmp/memcached.sock',

One excellent feature of Memcached is its ability to share a cache over
multiple servers. This means you can run Memcached daemons on multiple
machines, and the program will treat the group of machines as a single
cache, without the need to duplicate cache values on each machine. To take
advantage of this feature, include all server addresses in
LOCATION, either as a semicolon or comma
delimited string, or as a list.

In this example, the cache is shared over Memcached instances running on IP
address and, both on port 11211:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache',
        'LOCATION': [

In the following example, the cache is shared over Memcached instances running
on the IP addresses (port 11211), (port 11212), and (port 11213):

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache',
        'LOCATION': [

A final point about Memcached is that memory-based caching has a
disadvantage: because the cached data is stored in memory, the data will be
lost if your server crashes. Clearly, memory isn’t intended for permanent data
storage, so don’t rely on memory-based caching as your only data storage.
Without a doubt, none of the Django caching backends should be used for
permanent storage — they’re all intended to be solutions for caching, not
storage — but we point this out here because memory-based caching is
particularly temporary.

Changed in Django 1.11:

The LOCATION setting now supports defining
multiple servers as a comma-delimited string.

Database caching¶

Django can store its cached data in your database. This works best if you’ve
got a fast, well-indexed database server.

To use a database table as your cache backend:

  • Set BACKEND to
  • Set LOCATION to tablename, the name of the
    database table. This name can be whatever you want, as long as it’s a valid
    table name that’s not already being used in your database.

In this example, the cache table’s name is my_cache_table:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.db.DatabaseCache',
        'LOCATION': 'my_cache_table',

Creating the cache table

Before using the database cache, you must create the cache table with this

python createcachetable

This creates a table in your database that is in the proper format that
Django’s database-cache system expects. The name of the table is taken from

If you are using multiple database caches, createcachetable creates
one table for each cache.

If you are using multiple databases, createcachetable observes the
allow_migrate() method of your database routers (see below).

Like migrate, createcachetable won’t touch an existing
table. It will only create missing tables.

To print the SQL that would be run, rather than run it, use the
createcachetable --dry-run option.

Multiple databases

If you use database caching with multiple databases, you’ll also need
to set up routing instructions for your database cache table. For the
purposes of routing, the database cache table appears as a model named
CacheEntry, in an application named django_cache. This model
won’t appear in the models cache, but the model details can be used
for routing purposes.

For example, the following router would direct all cache read
operations to cache_replica, and all write operations to
cache_primary. The cache table will only be synchronized onto

class CacheRouter:
    """A router to control all database cache operations"""

    def db_for_read(self, model, **hints):
        "All cache read operations go to the replica"
        if model._meta.app_label == 'django_cache':
            return 'cache_replica'
        return None

    def db_for_write(self, model, **hints):
        "All cache write operations go to primary"
        if model._meta.app_label == 'django_cache':
            return 'cache_primary'
        return None

    def allow_migrate(self, db, app_label, model_name=None, **hints):
        "Only install the cache model on primary"
        if app_label == 'django_cache':
            return db == 'cache_primary'
        return None

If you don’t specify routing directions for the database cache model,
the cache backend will use the default database.

Of course, if you don’t use the database cache backend, you don’t need
to worry about providing routing instructions for the database cache

Filesystem caching¶

The file-based backend serializes and stores each cache value as a separate
file. To use this backend set BACKEND to
"django.core.cache.backends.filebased.FileBasedCache" and
LOCATION to a suitable directory. For example,
to store cached data in /var/tmp/django_cache, use this setting:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.filebased.FileBasedCache',
        'LOCATION': '/var/tmp/django_cache',

If you’re on Windows, put the drive letter at the beginning of the path,
like this:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.filebased.FileBasedCache',
        'LOCATION': 'c:/foo/bar',

The directory path should be absolute — that is, it should start at the root
of your filesystem. It doesn’t matter whether you put a slash at the end of the

Make sure the directory pointed-to by this setting exists and is readable and
writable by the system user under which your Web server runs. Continuing the
above example, if your server runs as the user apache, make sure the
directory /var/tmp/django_cache exists and is readable and writable by the
user apache.

Local-memory caching¶

This is the default cache if another is not specified in your settings file. If
you want the speed advantages of in-memory caching but don’t have the capability
of running Memcached, consider the local-memory cache backend. This cache is
per-process (see below) and thread-safe. To use it, set BACKEND to "django.core.cache.backends.locmem.LocMemCache". For

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.locmem.LocMemCache',
        'LOCATION': 'unique-snowflake',

The cache LOCATION is used to identify individual
memory stores. If you only have one locmem cache, you can omit the
LOCATION; however, if you have more than one local
memory cache, you will need to assign a name to at least one of them in
order to keep them separate.

Note that each process will have its own private cache instance, which means no
cross-process caching is possible. This obviously also means the local memory
cache isn’t particularly memory-efficient, so it’s probably not a good choice
for production environments. It’s nice for development.

Dummy caching (for development)¶

Finally, Django comes with a “dummy” cache that doesn’t actually cache — it
just implements the cache interface without doing anything.

This is useful if you have a production site that uses heavy-duty caching in
various places but a development/test environment where you don’t want to cache
and don’t want to have to change your code to special-case the latter. To
activate dummy caching, set BACKEND like so:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.dummy.DummyCache',


While Django includes support for a number of cache backends out-of-the-box,
sometimes you might want to use a customized cache backend. To use an external
cache backend with Django, use the Python import path as the
BACKEND of the CACHES setting, like so:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': '',

If you’re building your own backend, you can use the standard cache backends
as reference implementations. You’ll find the code in the
django/core/cache/backends/ directory of the Django source.

Note: Without a really compelling reason, such as a host that doesn’t support
them, you should stick to the cache backends included with Django. They’ve
been well-tested and are easy to use.

Cache arguments¶

Each cache backend can be given additional arguments to control caching
behavior. These arguments are provided as additional keys in the
CACHES setting. Valid arguments are as follows:

  • TIMEOUT: The default timeout, in
    seconds, to use for the cache. This argument defaults to 300 seconds (5 minutes).
    You can set TIMEOUT to None so that, by default, cache keys never
    expire. A value of 0 causes keys to immediately expire (effectively
    “don’t cache”).

  • OPTIONS: Any options that should be
    passed to the cache backend. The list of valid options will vary
    with each backend, and cache backends backed by a third-party library
    will pass their options directly to the underlying cache library.

    Cache backends that implement their own culling strategy (i.e.,
    the locmem, filesystem and database backends) will
    honor the following options:

    • MAX_ENTRIES: The maximum number of entries allowed in
      the cache before old values are deleted. This argument
      defaults to 300.

    • CULL_FREQUENCY: The fraction of entries that are culled
      when MAX_ENTRIES is reached. The actual ratio is
      1 / CULL_FREQUENCY, so set CULL_FREQUENCY to 2 to
      cull half the entries when MAX_ENTRIES is reached. This argument
      should be an integer and defaults to 3.

      A value of 0 for CULL_FREQUENCY means that the
      entire cache will be dumped when MAX_ENTRIES is reached.
      On some backends (database in particular) this makes culling much
      faster at the expense of more cache misses.

    Memcached backends pass the contents of OPTIONS
    as keyword arguments to the client constructors, allowing for more advanced
    control of client behavior. For example usage, see below.

  • KEY_PREFIX: A string that will be
    automatically included (prepended by default) to all cache keys
    used by the Django server.

    See the cache documentation for
    more information.

  • VERSION: The default version number
    for cache keys generated by the Django server.

    See the cache documentation for more

    A string containing a dotted path to a function that defines how
    to compose a prefix, version and key into a final cache key.

    See the cache documentation
    for more information.

In this example, a filesystem backend is being configured with a timeout
of 60 seconds, and a maximum capacity of 1000 items:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.filebased.FileBasedCache',
        'LOCATION': '/var/tmp/django_cache',
        'TIMEOUT': 60,
        'OPTIONS': {
            'MAX_ENTRIES': 1000

Here’s an example configuration for a python-memcached based backend with
an object size limit of 2MB:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache',
        'LOCATION': '',
        'OPTIONS': {
            'server_max_value_length': 1024 * 1024 * 2,

Here’s an example configuration for a pylibmc based backend that enables
the binary protocol, SASL authentication, and the ketama behavior mode:

    'default': {
        'BACKEND': 'django.core.cache.backends.memcached.PyLibMCCache',
        'LOCATION': '',
        'OPTIONS': {
            'binary': True,
            'username': 'user',
            'password': 'pass',
            'behaviors': {
                'ketama': True,
Changed in Django 1.11:

Memcached backends can now be configured using OPTIONS.

In older versions, you could pass pylibmc behavior settings directly
inside OPTIONS. This is deprecated in favor of setting them under a
behaviors key within OPTIONS instead.

The per-site cache¶

Once the cache is set up, the simplest way to use caching is to cache your
entire site. You’ll need to add
'django.middleware.cache.UpdateCacheMiddleware' and
'django.middleware.cache.FetchFromCacheMiddleware' to your
MIDDLEWARE setting, as in this example:



No, that’s not a typo: the “update” middleware must be first in the list,
and the “fetch” middleware must be last. The details are a bit obscure, but
see Order of MIDDLEWARE below if you’d like the full story.

Then, add the following required settings to your Django settings file:

  • CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_ALIAS — The cache alias to use for storage.
  • CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_SECONDS — The number of seconds each page should
    be cached.
  • CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_KEY_PREFIX — If the cache is shared across
    multiple sites using the same Django installation, set this to the name of
    the site, or some other string that is unique to this Django instance, to
    prevent key collisions. Use an empty string if you don’t care.

FetchFromCacheMiddleware caches GET and HEAD responses with status 200,
where the request and response headers allow. Responses to requests for the same
URL with different query parameters are considered to be unique pages and are
cached separately. This middleware expects that a HEAD request is answered with
the same response headers as the corresponding GET request; in which case it can
return a cached GET response for HEAD request.

Additionally, UpdateCacheMiddleware automatically sets a few headers in each

Changed in Django 1.11:

In older versions, the Last-Modified header was also set.

See 中间件 for more on middleware.

If a view sets its own cache expiry time (i.e. it has a max-age section in
its Cache-Control header) then the page will be cached until the expiry
time, rather than CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_SECONDS. Using the decorators in
django.views.decorators.cache you can easily set a view’s expiry time
(using the cache_control() decorator) or
disable caching for a view (using the
never_cache() decorator). See the
using other headers section for more on these decorators.

If USE_I18N is set to True then the generated cache key will
include the name of the active language — see also
How Django discovers language preference). This allows you to easily
cache multilingual sites without having to create the cache key yourself.

Cache keys also include the active language when
USE_L10N is set to True and the current time zone when USE_TZ is set to True.

The per-view cache¶


A more granular way to use the caching framework is by caching the output of
individual views. django.views.decorators.cache defines a cache_page
decorator that will automatically cache the view’s response for you. It’s easy
to use:

from django.views.decorators.cache import cache_page

@cache_page(60 * 15)
def my_view(request):

cache_page takes a single argument: the cache timeout, in seconds. In the
above example, the result of the my_view() view will be cached for 15
minutes. (Note that we’ve written it as 60 * 15 for the purpose of
readability. 60 * 15 will be evaluated to 900 — that is, 15 minutes
multiplied by 60 seconds per minute.)

The per-view cache, like the per-site cache, is keyed off of the URL. If
multiple URLs point at the same view, each URL will be cached separately.
Continuing the my_view example, if your URLconf looks like this:

urlpatterns = [
    path('foo/<int:code>/', my_view),

then requests to /foo/1/ and /foo/23/ will be cached separately, as
you may expect. But once a particular URL (e.g., /foo/23/) has been
requested, subsequent requests to that URL will use the cache.

cache_page can also take an optional keyword argument, cache,
which directs the decorator to use a specific cache (from your
CACHES setting) when caching view results. By default, the
default cache will be used, but you can specify any cache you

@cache_page(60 * 15, cache="special_cache")
def my_view(request):

You can also override the cache prefix on a per-view basis. cache_page
takes an optional keyword argument, key_prefix,
which works in the same way as the CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_KEY_PREFIX
setting for the middleware. It can be used like this:

@cache_page(60 * 15, key_prefix="site1")
def my_view(request):

The key_prefix and cache arguments may be specified together. The
key_prefix argument and the KEY_PREFIX
specified under CACHES will be concatenated.

Specifying per-view cache in the URLconf¶

The examples in the previous section have hard-coded the fact that the view is
cached, because cache_page alters the my_view function in place. This
approach couples your view to the cache system, which is not ideal for several
reasons. For instance, you might want to reuse the view functions on another,
cache-less site, or you might want to distribute the views to people who might
want to use them without being cached. The solution to these problems is to
specify the per-view cache in the URLconf rather than next to the view functions

Doing so is easy: simply wrap the view function with cache_page when you
refer to it in the URLconf. Here’s the old URLconf from earlier:

urlpatterns = [
    path('foo/<int:code>/', my_view),

Here’s the same thing, with my_view wrapped in cache_page:

from django.views.decorators.cache import cache_page

urlpatterns = [
    path('foo/<int:code>/', cache_page(60 * 15)(my_view)),

Template fragment caching¶

If you’re after even more control, you can also cache template fragments using
the cache template tag. To give your template access to this tag, put
{% load cache %} near the top of your template.

The {% cache %} template tag caches the contents of the block for a given
amount of time. It takes at least two arguments: the cache timeout, in seconds,
and the name to give the cache fragment. The fragment is cached forever if
timeout is None. The name will be taken as is, do not use a variable. For

{% load cache %}
{% cache 500 sidebar %}
    .. sidebar ..
{% endcache %}
Changed in Django 2.0:

Older versions don’t allow a None timeout.

Sometimes you might want to cache multiple copies of a fragment depending on
some dynamic data that appears inside the fragment. For example, you might want a
separate cached copy of the sidebar used in the previous example for every user
of your site. Do this by passing one or more additional arguments, which may be
variables with or without filters, to the {% cache %} template tag to
uniquely identify the cache fragment:

{% load cache %}
{% cache 500 sidebar request.user.username %}
    .. sidebar for logged in user ..
{% endcache %}

If USE_I18N is set to True the per-site middleware cache will
respect the active language. For the cache template
tag you could use one of the
translation-specific variables available in
templates to achieve the same result:

{% load i18n %}
{% load cache %}

{% get_current_language as LANGUAGE_CODE %}

{% cache 600 welcome LANGUAGE_CODE %}
    {% trans "Welcome to" %}
{% endcache %}

The cache timeout can be a template variable, as long as the template variable
resolves to an integer value. For example, if the template variable
my_timeout is set to the value 600, then the following two examples are

{% cache 600 sidebar %} ... {% endcache %}
{% cache my_timeout sidebar %} ... {% endcache %}

This feature is useful in avoiding repetition in templates. You can set the
timeout in a variable, in one place, and just reuse that value.

By default, the cache tag will try to use the cache called “template_fragments”.
If no such cache exists, it will fall back to using the default cache. You may
select an alternate cache backend to use with the using keyword argument,
which must be the last argument to the tag.

{% cache 300 local-thing ...  using="localcache" %}

It is considered an error to specify a cache name that is not configured.

django.core.cache.utils.make_template_fragment_key(fragment_name, vary_on=None)

If you want to obtain the cache key used for a cached fragment, you can use
make_template_fragment_key. fragment_name is the same as second argument
to the cache template tag; vary_on is a list of all additional arguments
passed to the tag. This function can be useful for invalidating or overwriting
a cached item, for example:

>>> from django.core.cache import cache
>>> from django.core.cache.utils import make_template_fragment_key
# cache key for {% cache 500 sidebar username %}
>>> key = make_template_fragment_key('sidebar', [username])
>>> cache.delete(key) # invalidates cached template fragment

The low-level cache API¶

Sometimes, caching an entire rendered page doesn’t gain you very much and is,
in fact, inconvenient overkill.

Perhaps, for instance, your site includes a view whose results depend on
several expensive queries, the results of which change at different intervals.
In this case, it would not be ideal to use the full-page caching that the
per-site or per-view cache strategies offer, because you wouldn’t want to
cache the entire result (since some of the data changes often), but you’d still
want to cache the results that rarely change.

For cases like this, Django exposes a simple, low-level cache API. You can use
this API to store objects in the cache with any level of granularity you like.
You can cache any Python object that can be pickled safely: strings,
dictionaries, lists of model objects, and so forth. (Most common Python objects
can be pickled; refer to the Python documentation for more information about

Accessing the cache¶


You can access the caches configured in the CACHES setting
through a dict-like object: django.core.cache.caches. Repeated
requests for the same alias in the same thread will return the same

>>> from django.core.cache import caches
>>> cache1 = caches['myalias']
>>> cache2 = caches['myalias']
>>> cache1 is cache2

If the named key does not exist, InvalidCacheBackendError will be

To provide thread-safety, a different instance of the cache backend will
be returned for each thread.


As a shortcut, the default cache is available as

>>> from django.core.cache import cache

This object is equivalent to caches['default'].

Basic usage¶

The basic interface is set(key, value, timeout) and get(key):

>>> cache.set('my_key', 'hello, world!', 30)
>>> cache.get('my_key')
'hello, world!'

key should be a str, and value can be any picklable Python object.

The timeout argument is optional and defaults to the timeout argument
of the appropriate backend in the CACHES setting (explained above).
It’s the number of seconds the value should be stored in the cache. Passing in
None for timeout will cache the value forever. A timeout of 0
won’t cache the value.

If the object doesn’t exist in the cache, cache.get() returns None:

>>> # Wait 30 seconds for 'my_key' to expire...
>>> cache.get('my_key')

We advise against storing the literal value None in the cache, because you
won’t be able to distinguish between your stored None value and a cache
miss signified by a return value of None.

cache.get() can take a default argument. This specifies which value to
return if the object doesn’t exist in the cache:

>>> cache.get('my_key', 'has expired')
'has expired'

To add a key only if it doesn’t already exist, use the add() method.
It takes the same parameters as set(), but it will not attempt to
update the cache if the key specified is already present:

>>> cache.set('add_key', 'Initial value')
>>> cache.add('add_key', 'New value')
>>> cache.get('add_key')
'Initial value'

If you need to know whether add() stored a value in the cache, you can
check the return value. It will return True if the value was stored,
False otherwise.

If you want to get a key’s value or set a value if the key isn’t in the cache,
there is the get_or_set() method. It takes the same parameters as get()
but the default is set as the new cache value for that key, rather than simply

>>> cache.get('my_new_key')  # returns None
>>> cache.get_or_set('my_new_key', 'my new value', 100)
'my new value'

You can also pass any callable as a default value:

>>> import datetime
>>> cache.get_or_set('some-timestamp-key',
datetime.datetime(2014, 12, 11, 0, 15, 49, 457920)

There’s also a get_many() interface that only hits the cache once.
get_many() returns a dictionary with all the keys you asked for that
actually exist in the cache (and haven’t expired):

>>> cache.set('a', 1)
>>> cache.set('b', 2)
>>> cache.set('c', 3)
>>> cache.get_many(['a', 'b', 'c'])
{'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3}

To set multiple values more efficiently, use set_many() to pass a dictionary
of key-value pairs:

>>> cache.set_many({'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3})
>>> cache.get_many(['a', 'b', 'c'])
{'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3}

Like cache.set(), set_many() takes an optional timeout parameter.

On supported backends (memcached), set_many() returns a list of keys that
failed to be inserted.

Changed in Django 2.0:

The return value containing list of failing keys was added.

You can delete keys explicitly with delete(). This is an easy way of
clearing the cache for a particular object:

>>> cache.delete('a')

If you want to clear a bunch of keys at once, delete_many() can take a list
of keys to be cleared:

>>> cache.delete_many(['a', 'b', 'c'])

Finally, if you want to delete all the keys in the cache, use
cache.clear(). Be careful with this; clear() will remove everything
from the cache, not just the keys set by your application.

>>> cache.clear()

You can also increment or decrement a key that already exists using the
incr() or decr() methods, respectively. By default, the existing cache
value will be incremented or decremented by 1. Other increment/decrement values
can be specified by providing an argument to the increment/decrement call. A
ValueError will be raised if you attempt to increment or decrement a
nonexistent cache key.:

>>> cache.set('num', 1)
>>> cache.incr('num')
>>> cache.incr('num', 10)
>>> cache.decr('num')
>>> cache.decr('num', 5)


incr()/decr() methods are not guaranteed to be atomic. On those
backends that support atomic increment/decrement (most notably, the
memcached backend), increment and decrement operations will be atomic.
However, if the backend doesn’t natively provide an increment/decrement
operation, it will be implemented using a two-step retrieve/update.

You can close the connection to your cache with close() if implemented by
the cache backend.

>>> cache.close()


For caches that don’t implement close methods it is a no-op.

Cache key prefixing¶

If you are sharing a cache instance between servers, or between your
production and development environments, it’s possible for data cached
by one server to be used by another server. If the format of cached
data is different between servers, this can lead to some very hard to
diagnose problems.

To prevent this, Django provides the ability to prefix all cache keys
used by a server. When a particular cache key is saved or retrieved,
Django will automatically prefix the cache key with the value of the
KEY_PREFIX cache setting.

By ensuring each Django instance has a different
KEY_PREFIX, you can ensure that there will be no
collisions in cache values.

Cache versioning¶

When you change running code that uses cached values, you may need to
purge any existing cached values. The easiest way to do this is to
flush the entire cache, but this can lead to the loss of cache values
that are still valid and useful.

Django provides a better way to target individual cache values.
Django’s cache framework has a system-wide version identifier,
specified using the VERSION cache setting.
The value of this setting is automatically combined with the cache
prefix and the user-provided cache key to obtain the final cache key.

By default, any key request will automatically include the site
default cache key version. However, the primitive cache functions all
include a version argument, so you can specify a particular cache
key version to set or get. For example:

>>> # Set version 2 of a cache key
>>> cache.set('my_key', 'hello world!', version=2)
>>> # Get the default version (assuming version=1)
>>> cache.get('my_key')
>>> # Get version 2 of the same key
>>> cache.get('my_key', version=2)
'hello world!'

The version of a specific key can be incremented and decremented using
the incr_version() and decr_version() methods. This
enables specific keys to be bumped to a new version, leaving other
keys unaffected. Continuing our previous example:

>>> # Increment the version of 'my_key'
>>> cache.incr_version('my_key')
>>> # The default version still isn't available
>>> cache.get('my_key')
# Version 2 isn't available, either
>>> cache.get('my_key', version=2)
>>> # But version 3 *is* available
>>> cache.get('my_key', version=3)
'hello world!'

Cache key transformation¶

As described in the previous two sections, the cache key provided by a
user is not used verbatim — it is combined with the cache prefix and
key version to provide a final cache key. By default, the three parts
are joined using colons to produce a final string:

def make_key(key, key_prefix, version):
    return ':'.join([key_prefix, str(version), key])

If you want to combine the parts in different ways, or apply other
processing to the final key (e.g., taking a hash digest of the key
parts), you can provide a custom key function.

The KEY_FUNCTION cache setting
specifies a dotted-path to a function matching the prototype of
make_key() above. If provided, this custom key function will
be used instead of the default key combining function.

Cache key warnings¶

Memcached, the most commonly-used production cache backend, does not allow
cache keys longer than 250 characters or containing whitespace or control
characters, and using such keys will cause an exception. To encourage
cache-portable code and minimize unpleasant surprises, the other built-in cache
backends issue a warning (django.core.cache.backends.base.CacheKeyWarning)
if a key is used that would cause an error on memcached.

If you are using a production backend that can accept a wider range of keys (a
custom backend, or one of the non-memcached built-in backends), and want to use
this wider range without warnings, you can silence CacheKeyWarning with
this code in the management module of one of your

import warnings

from django.core.cache import CacheKeyWarning

warnings.simplefilter("ignore", CacheKeyWarning)

If you want to instead provide custom key validation logic for one of the
built-in backends, you can subclass it, override just the validate_key
method, and follow the instructions for using a custom cache backend. For
instance, to do this for the locmem backend, put this code in a module:

from django.core.cache.backends.locmem import LocMemCache

class CustomLocMemCache(LocMemCache):
    def validate_key(self, key):
        """Custom validation, raising exceptions or warnings as needed."""

…and use the dotted Python path to this class in the
BACKEND portion of your CACHES setting.


到目前为止,该文档主要关注缓存*自己的*数据。但另一种类型的缓存也与 Web 开发相关:缓存由“下游”缓存执行。这些系统甚至在请求到达您的网站之前为用户缓存页面。


  • 您的 ISP 可能会缓存某些页面,因此如果您从 请求页面,您的 ISP 将直接向您发送页面,而不必直接访问。 的维护者对这个缓存一无所知;ISP 位于 和 Web 浏览器之间,透明地处理所有缓存。
  • 您的 Django 网站可能会在一个*代理缓存*的后面,例如Squid 网页代理缓存(,为了性能而缓存页面。在这种情况下,每个请求首先由代理来处理,只有在需要时才将其传递给应用程序。
  • 你的网页浏览器也会缓存页面。如果 Web 页面发送了适当的请求头,浏览器将使用本地缓存的副本来对该页面进行后续请求,而不必再次与 Web 页面联系以查看它是否已经更改。

下游缓存是一个很好的效率提升,但是它有一个危险:许多网页的内容基于认证和其他变量的不同而不同,而纯粹基于 URL 的盲目保存页面的缓存系统可能会将不正确或敏感的数据暴露给那些页面的后续访问者。

比如说,你操作一个网络电子邮件系统,“收件箱”页面的内容显然取决于哪个用户登录。如果 ISP 盲目缓存您的站点,那么通过 ISP 登录的第一个用户将为随后的访问者缓存其特定于用户的收件箱页面。那就不妙了。

幸运的是,HTTP 为这个问题提供了解决方案。存在许多 HTTP 报头以指示下游缓存根据指定的变量来区分它们的缓存内容,并且告诉缓存机制不缓存特定的页面。我们将在下面的章节中查看这些标题。

使用 Vary 标头¶


默认情况下,Django 的缓存系统使用请求的完全合格的URL创建它的缓存密钥——例如,""。这意味着对该 URL 的每个请求都将使用相同的缓存版本,而不管用户代理差异(如 cookies 或语言首选项)。但是,如果这个页面基于请求头(如 cookie、语言或用户代理)中的某些差异而产生不同的内容,则需要使用“Vary“ 标头来告诉缓存机制,页面输出取决于这些东西。

To do this in Django, use the convenient
django.views.decorators.vary.vary_on_headers() view decorator, like so:

from django.views.decorators.vary import vary_on_headers

def my_view(request):

In this case, a caching mechanism (such as Django’s own cache middleware) will
cache a separate version of the page for each unique user-agent.

The advantage to using the vary_on_headers decorator rather than manually
setting the Vary header (using something like
response['Vary'] = 'user-agent') is that the decorator adds to the
Vary header (which may already exist), rather than setting it from scratch
and potentially overriding anything that was already in there.

You can pass multiple headers to vary_on_headers():

@vary_on_headers('User-Agent', 'Cookie')
def my_view(request):

This tells downstream caches to vary on both, which means each combination of
user-agent and cookie will get its own cache value. For example, a request with
the user-agent Mozilla and the cookie value foo=bar will be considered
different from a request with the user-agent Mozilla and the cookie value

Because varying on cookie is so common, there’s a
django.views.decorators.vary.vary_on_cookie() decorator. These two views
are equivalent:

def my_view(request):

def my_view(request):

The headers you pass to vary_on_headers are not case sensitive;
"User-Agent" is the same thing as "user-agent".

You can also use a helper function, django.utils.cache.patch_vary_headers(),
directly. This function sets, or adds to, the Vary header. For example:

from django.shortcuts import render
from django.utils.cache import patch_vary_headers

def my_view(request):
    response = render(request, 'template_name', context)
    patch_vary_headers(response, ['Cookie'])
    return response

patch_vary_headers takes an HttpResponse instance as
its first argument and a list/tuple of case-insensitive header names as its
second argument.

For more on Vary headers, see the official Vary spec.



用户通常面临两种缓存:它们自己的浏览器缓存(私有缓存)和它们的提供者的缓存(公共缓存)。公共缓存由多个用户使用,并由其他用户控制。这给敏感数据带来了问题——你不希望,比如说,你的银行帐号存储在一个公共缓存中。因此,Web 应用程序需要一种方法来告诉缓存数据是私有的,哪些是公开的。

解决方案是指出一个页面的缓存应该是“私有的”。在 Django中,使用 cache_control() 。例子:

from django.views.decorators.cache import cache_control

def my_view(request):

这个装饰器负责在场景后面发送适当的 HTTP 头。

注意,缓存控制设置“私有”和“公共”是互斥的。装饰器确保“公共”指令被移除,如果应该设置“私有”(反之亦然)。这两个指令的一个示例使用将是一个提供私人和公共条目的博客站点。公共条目可以缓存在任何共享缓存上。下面的代码使用 patch_cache_control(),手动修改缓存控制头的方法(内部调用的是 cache_control() 装饰器):

from django.views.decorators.cache import patch_cache_control
from django.views.decorators.vary import vary_on_cookie

def list_blog_entries_view(request):
    if request.user.is_anonymous:
        response = render_only_public_entries()
        patch_cache_control(response, public=True)
        response = render_private_and_public_entries(request.user)
        patch_cache_control(response, private=True)

    return response

You can control downstream caches in other ways as well (see RFC 7234 for
details on HTTP caching). For example, even if you don’t use Django’s
server-side cache framework, you can still tell clients to cache a view for a
certain amount of time with the max-age

from django.views.decorators.cache import cache_control

def my_view(request):

(If you do use the caching middleware, it already sets the max-age with
the value of the CACHE_MIDDLEWARE_SECONDS setting. In that case,
the custom max_age from the
cache_control() decorator will take
precedence, and the header values will be merged correctly.)

Any valid Cache-Control response directive is valid in cache_control().
Here are some more examples:

  • no_transform=True
  • must_revalidate=True
  • stale_while_revalidate=num_seconds

The full list of known directives can be found in the IANA registry
(note that not all of them apply to responses).

If you want to use headers to disable caching altogether,
never_cache() is a view decorator that
adds headers to ensure the response won’t be cached by browsers or other
caches. Example:

from django.views.decorators.cache import never_cache

def myview(request):


如果使用缓存中间件,重要的是将每一半放在 MIDDLEWARE 设置的正确位置。这是因为缓存中间件需要知道哪些头可以改变缓存存储。中间件总是可以在 Vary 响应头中添加一些东西。

UpdateCacheMiddleware 在响应阶段运行,其中中间件以相反的顺序运行,因此列表顶部的项目在响应阶段的*最后*运行。因此,您需要确保 UpdateCacheMiddleware 出现在任何其他可能添加到 Vary 标头的其他中间件*之前*。下面的中间件模块类似:

  • SessionMiddleware 添加 Cookie
  • GZipMiddleware 添加 Accept-Encoding
  • LocaleMiddleware 添加 Accept-Language

FetchFromCacheMiddleware, on the other hand, runs during the request phase,
where middleware is applied first-to-last, so an item at the top of the list
runs first during the request phase. The FetchFromCacheMiddleware also
needs to run after other middleware updates the Vary header, so
FetchFromCacheMiddleware must be after any item that does so.