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This module adds some cache purging capabilities to the website, to support FPC in nginx or apache.


  • See composer.json requirements
  • nginx with Lua module


  • composer require wedevelopnl/silverstripe-fpc-purge

Configuring nginx

Install the latest version of ngx_cache_purge.

Then update your server configuration:

fastcgi_cache_path /var/cache/nginx levels=1:2 keys_zone=fastcgicache:100m max_size=5g inactive=60m use_temp_path=off;
fastcgi_cache_key "$scheme$request_method$host$request_uri";

server {
    location = /purge-cache {
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_cache fastcgicache;
        fastcgi_cache_purge PURGE purge_all from;
        cache_purge_response_type text;

    location /index.php {
        fastcgi_buffer_size 32k;
        fastcgi_busy_buffers_size 64k;
        fastcgi_buffers 4 32k;
        fastcgi_keep_conn on;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $realpath_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

        # fastcgi caching
        fastcgi_cache fastcgicache;
        fastcgi_cache_valid 200 301 302 60m;
        fastcgi_cache_use_stale error timeout updating invalid_header http_500 http_503;
        fastcgi_cache_min_uses 1;
        fastcgi_cache_lock on;
        fastcgi_no_cache $cookie_PHPSESSID;
        fastcgi_cache_bypass $cookie_PHPSESSID;
        fastcgi_ignore_headers Set-Cookie;

        add_header X-Cache $upstream_cache_status;

    # ...

NOTE: Consider randomizing or otherwise protecting your URL to prevent abuse.

Configuring the module

Name: 'fpc-purge-config'
  environment: 'live'
  enabled: true
    # Purging locally over HTTP
    - host: localhost:80
      method: PURGE
      path: /purge-cache
    # Purging locally over HTTPS
    - host: tls://localhost:443
      http_host: # Required to tell nginx or apache what virtual host you want to connect to
      method: PURGE
      path: /purge-cache
    # Purging externally over HTTPS
    - host: tls://
      method: PURGE
      path: /purge-cache
    # Purging a specific server (useful when load balancing and purging all servers)
    - host: tls://
      http_host: # Required to tell nginx or apache what virtual host you want to connect to
      method: PURGE
      path: /purge-cache

    - WeDevelop\FPCPurge\Extensions\FPCPurgeExtension

Here you can enable the module and configure the endpoint used to purge.

You can test this configuration by going into the SilverStripe admin, then click FPC Purge in the sidebar and click the Purge Cache button. It should tell you if it was successful.

We also add an extension to Page to purge the cache after publishing a page.

NOTE: The purge after publishing opens a connection, then sends a non-blocking request, should have little to no impact on publishing performance depending on the endpoints.

If you're using dnadesign/silverstripe-elemental don't forget to also apply the extension on BaseElement to make sure cache is purged after publishing an element.

    - WeDevelop\FPCPurge\Extensions\FPCPurgeExtension

Setting up Cache Control

All of the above will not cache anything until you setup cache control. You can either follow the official SilverStripe docs, or use the extension included in this module for an easier foolproof implementation.

        - WeDevelop\FPCPurge\Extensions\FPCPurgeControllerExtension

Now you have to add a updateCacheControl() method to your PageController and configure the CacheControl headers.

public function updateCacheControl(): void

Shared Max Age: the amount of time in seconds this page is allowed to be cached in your FPC (nginx, apache, etc.)
Max Age: the amount of time in seconds this page is allowed to be cached in the browser

If you have another controller that extends the PageController but serves more dynamic data from an API for example, you can override the CacheControl headers in that controller by overriding the updateCacheControl method.

public function updateCacheControl(): void

Here we set the max age to 0 to prevent it from being cached by the browser, and a relatively low shared max age. This way cache can only be stale for 10 minutes.

Sessions and CSRF tokens

It's important not to cache pages that are generated within the context of a session, for example a logged in user or a CSRF token. Luckily, there are two things protecting us from this mistake.

  1. SilverStripe will overrule our cache control headers when a session is active.
  2. The nginx configuration triggers a bypass when a PHPSESSID is found.

Default configuration

  enabled: false
  endpoints: []


See License


Development and contribution

Pull requests are welcome. For major changes, please open an issue first to discuss what you would like to change. See read our contributing document for more information.

Getting started

We advise to use Docker/Docker compose for development.
We also included a Makefile to simplify some commands

Our development container contains some built-in tools like PHPCSFixer.

Getting development container up

make build to build the Docker container and then run detached.
If you want to only get the container up, you can simply type make up.

You can SSH into the container using make sh.

All make commands

You can run make help to get a list with all available make commands.