CDN Cache Control and Invalidation

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EdgeFlush is Laravel package intended to help developers manage CDN granular caching and invalidations. Having Akamai, CloudFront (or any other CDN) in front of a website, data modification usually forces us to bust the whole cache, leading to a website slow (for the first users) until the whole cache is rebuilt, and if the "first user" is Google Bot, for example, this can also impact on your website's rank. This pacakge aims to do invalidations granularly.

Feature list

  • Granular invalidation: this package will create a collection of all models that impacts one page and when one of those models change, all pages that had that model rendered in previous requests will be purged from CDN.
  • Granular control of Cache-Control headers: you will be able to configure it differently per request, telling the CDN to store some pages for one week and others for 5 seconds, for example.
  • Single Akamai Edge Cache Tag relating to all models touched by a page render.
  • Define different strategies for Cache-Control: web pages may have a different cache strategy than api endpoints.
  • Prevents from caching pages containing forms.
  • Caches only frontend pages, leaving the CMS uncashed, if needed.
  • Re-warm pages purged from cache.
  • Strip cookies from cachable responses.
  • Disable caching for some pages using a middlware.
  • Define HTTP methods that allow caching or not: cache GET but not POST.
  • Define HTTP response status codes that allow caching or not: Cache 200 and 301 but not 400+ status codes.
  • Define what routes can and cannot be cached by CDN.
  • Define what type of responses can be cached: cache Response but not JsonResponse, for example.
  • Define what Model classes can be cached or not.
  • Remember what pages have been cached and command your CDN service to burst only those when you save something on your backend.
  • Supports CloudFront invalidations.
  • Supports Akamai EdgeCacheTags invalidations.
  • Allow override of Services and easy implementation to support new CDN Services.
  • Spatie's Laravel Response Cache granular invalidations.


Install the package via composer:

composer require area17/edge-flush

Publish the config file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="A17\EdgeFlush\ServiceProvider"

And run the migrations:

php artisan migrate


The supported CDN services have these package dependencies that you need to choose according to your setup:

Akamai: akamai-open/edgegrid-auth CloudFront: aws/aws-sdk-php

If you want to add another caching layer on your origin, you can also install this one:

Response Cache: spatie/laravel-responsecache


Do a full read on the config/edge-flush.php there's a lot of configuration items and we tried to document them all.

Define your CDN service class on config/edge-flush.php:

'classes' => [
    'cdn' => A17\EdgeFlush\Services\CloudFront\Service::class,

Add the trait A17\EdgeFlush\Behaviours\CachedOnCDN to your models and repositories.

Call $this->invalidateCDNCache($model) every time a model (on your base model or repository save() method). This example takes in consideration Twill's repositories:

public function afterSave($object, $fields)

    parent::afterSave($object, $fields);

Call $this->cacheModelOnCDN($model) method on model's getAttribute():

public function getAttribute($key)

    return parent::getAttribute($key);

Add the Middlware to the Kernel.php file:

protected $middleware = [

Cache-Control max-age is set automatically, but if you need to change it depending on the current request you can use the following method:


If you want to invalidate your paths in batches, add a scheduler setting the desired frequency for this to happen:

protected function schedule(Schedule $schedule)
    $schedule->job(new PurgeTags())->everyMinute();

You need to enable the package and the warmer on your .env file


CDN third-party service configuration

Please check the respective environment variables needed for supported services to work:

Rewarming cache

Purged cache pages can load slowly for the next users or even Google Bot, if you want to prevent this you can enable (on config) the cache warmer and add the job to the schedule:

protected function schedule(Schedule $schedule)
    $schedule->job(new WarmCache())->everyMinute();

Note that the most hit (or frequently updated) pages will be warmed first.

Akamai Edge Cache Tags

Akamai has a 128 bytes limit for the tag list, so if one page is impacted by lots of models, we would have no other way than busting the whole cache every time. This package creates a single Edge Cache Tag that relates to all models touched when the page was rendered, and adds it yo the response header:

edge-cache-tag: app-production-7e0ae085d699003a64e5fa7b75daae3d78ace842

Laravel Response Cache integration

If you have Response Cache installed, this package will automatically store its tags per page and when a model is changed it will not only purge the CDN pages related to this page but also bust the Response Cache internal cache. After, when the warmer passes back to warm those pages, Response Cache should also cache those pages again. This ensures that even if CDN hits your origin from a different not-yet-cached-region, responses will be still be blazing fast.

To allow EdgeFlush to warm pages on Jobs, as ResponseCache only allows cached pages to be warmed if they are requested by a browser, you need to use EdgeCache Profile and Hasher on config/responsecache.php:

return [
     *  The given class will determinate if a request should be cached. The
     *  default class will cache all successful GET-requests.
     *  You can provide your own class given that it implements the
     *  CacheProfile interface.

    'cache_profile' =>

     * This class is responsible for generating a hash for a request. This hash
     * is used to look up an cached response.
    'hasher' => \A17\EdgeFlush\Services\ResponseCache\Hasher::class,


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