Replacements for Laravel's redis and file cache stores that properly implement tagging idea. Powered by cache pool implementations provided by http://www.php-cache.com/

5.4.13 2020-09-08 17:10 UTC

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Last update: 2021-01-09 15:47:17 UTC


This is full-featured replacement for Laravel's Redis and file cache storages. All storages support proper tagging. Cache pools provided by http://www.php-cache.com/ + I've added HierarchialFilesystemCachePool based on code of FilesystemCachePool provided by http://www.php-cache.com/. All classes in this lib only proxies between Laravel's cache system and cache pools from http://www.php-cache.com/ and my own pools.

What is proper tagging?

For example, you have:

Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->put('tag-test1', 'ok', 20);

How Laravel's native cache works with tags and Redis (Laravel 5.2):

Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->get('tag-test1');    //< 'ok'
Cache::tags(['tag2', 'tag1'])->get('tag-test1');    //< null
Cache::tags(['tag1'])->get('tag-test1');            //< null
Cache::tags(['tag2'])->get('tag-test1');            //< null
Cache::get('tag-test1');                            //< null
Cache::forget('tag-test1');                         //< won't delete anything
Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->forget('tag-test1'); //< deleted
Cache::tags(['tag2', 'tag1'])->forget('tag-test1'); //< won't delete anything
Cache::tags(['tag1'])->forget('tag-test1');         //< won't delete anything
Cache::tags(['tag2'])->forget('tag-test1');         //< won't delete anything
Cache::tags(['tag1'])->flush();                     //< won't delete anything
Cache::tags(['tag2'])->flush();                     //< won't delete anything
Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->flush();             //< flushed
Cache::tags(['tag2', 'tag1'])->flush();             //< won't delete anything

If you think that this is correct behavior - go away, you don't need this lib.

How it works with this lib:

Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->get('tag-test1');    //< 'ok' - use Cache::get('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag2', 'tag1'])->get('tag-test1');    //< 'ok' - use Cache::get('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag1'])->get('tag-test1');            //< 'ok' - use Cache::get('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag2'])->get('tag-test1');            //< 'ok' - use Cache::get('tag-test1') instead
Cache::get('tag-test1');                            //< 'ok'
Cache::forget('tag-test1');                         //< deleted
Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->forget('tag-test1'); //< deleted - use Cache::forget('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag2', 'tag1'])->forget('tag-test1'); //< deleted - use Cache::forget('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag1'])->forget('tag-test1');         //< deleted - use Cache::forget('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag2'])->forget('tag-test1');         //< deleted - use Cache::forget('tag-test1') instead
Cache::tags(['tag1'])->flush();                     //< deleted all cache entries with tag 'tag1'
Cache::tags(['tag2'])->flush();                     //< deleted all cache entries with tag 'tag2'
Cache::tags(['tag1', 'tag2'])->flush();             //< deleted all cache entries with tag 'tag1' or 'tag2'
Cache::tags(['tag2', 'tag1'])->flush();             //< deleted all cache entries with tag 'tag2' or 'tag1'

How to use it:

For Laravel 5.4+

Add to composer.json:

"require": {
    "swayok/alternative-laravel-cache": "5.4.*"

For Laravel 5.3

Add to composer.json:

"require": {
    "swayok/alternative-laravel-cache": "5.3.*"

Filesystem support

Add to composer.json:

"require": {
    "cache/filesystem-adapter": "^1.0"

Redis support

To use predis add to composer.json:

"require": {
    "cache/predis-adapter": "^1.0"

To use php-redis extension add to `composer.json:

"require": {
    "ext-redis": "*",
    "cache/redis-adapter": "^1.0"

Declare ServiceProvider

For Laravel 5.6+

Package auto-discovery will work.

For Laravel < 5.6

Add to config/app.php:

$providers = [

Supported cache drivers

  • redis - redis cache with proper tagging
  • file - file-based cache with proper tagging
  • hierarchial_file - hierarchial file-based cache with proper tagging (http://www.php-cache.com/en/latest/hierarchy/). This driver also supports / instead of | so you can use /users/:uid/followers/:fid/likes instead of |users|:uid|followers|:fid|likes as it better represents path in file system.

permissions configuration parameter for file-based cache drivers (config/cache.php)

'stores' => [
    'file' => [
        'driver' => 'file',
        'path' => storage_path('framework/cache/data'),
        'permissions' => [
            'file' => [
                'public' => 0644,
            'dir' => [
                'public' => 0755,

These permissions passed to vendor/league/flysystem/src/Adapter/Local.php and merged with default permissions. There are 2 types: public and private but only public permissions will be used in AlternativeLaravelCache.


By default, service provider will replace Laravel's redis and file cache stores. You can alter this behavior like this:

class MyAlternativeCacheStoresServiceProvider extends AlternativeCacheStoresServiceProvider {
    static protected $redisDriverName = 'altredis';
    static protected $fileDriverName = 'altfile';

File cache storage currently supports only 'driver' => 'file'. You can extend list of file cache drivers by
overwriting AlternativeCacheStoresServiceProvider->makeFileCacheAdapter().

Yep, there are not many tests right now and possibly there will never be more.