Yii Caching Library

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Yii Caching Library

This library provides a wrapper around PSR-16 compatible caching libraries adding more features. It is used in Yii Framework but is usable separately.

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  • Built on top of PSR-16, could be used as PSR-16 cache or use any PSR-16 cache as backend.
  • Provides multiple cache backends: APC, PHP array, files, memcached, WinCache.
  • Customizable way of serializing data. Out of the box PHP, JSON, Igbinary and custom callbacks are supported.
  • Ability to set default TTL and key prefix per cache instance.
  • Easy to implement your own cache backends extending from SimpleCache.
  • Adds cache invalidation dependencies on top of PSR-16. Out of the box supports invalidation by tag and invalidation by file modification time.
  • Adds support for add() and addMultiple() operations additionally to PSR-16.
  • Adds handy getOrSet() method additionally to PSR-16.


There are two ways to get cache instance. If you need plain PSR-16 instance, you can simply create it:

$cache = new ApcuCache();

If you need additional features such as invalidation dependencies, add(), addMultiple() or getOrSet() you should wrap PSR-16 cache instance with Cache:

$cache = new Cache(new ApcuCache());

In order to change default serializer you can use setSerializer() method:

$cache = new WinCache();
$cache->setSerializer(new JsonSerializer());

Default TTL could be set via setDefaultTtl():

$cache = new ArrayCache();
$cache->setDefaultTtl(60 * 60); // 1 hour

In order to set key prefix for a cache instance, use setKeyPrefix() method:

$cache = new Memcached();


Typical cache usage is the following:

$key = 'demo';

// try retrieving $data from cache
$data = $cache->get($key);
if ($data === null) {
    // $data is not found in cache, calculate it from scratch
    $data = calculateData($parameters);
    // store $data in cache for an hour so that it can be retrieved next time
    $cache->set($key, $data, 3600);

// $data is available here

In order to delete value you can use:


To work with values in a more efficient manner, batch operations should be used:

  • getMultiple()
  • setMultiple()
  • deleteMultiple()

When using extended cache i.e. PSR-16 cache wrapped with \Yiisoft\Cache\Cache, you can use alternative syntax that is less repetitive:

$parameters = ['user_id' => 42];
$data = $cache->getOrSet($key, function () use ($parameters) {
    return $this->calculateSomething($parameters);
}, 3600);

Additionally, add() and addMultiple() are avaialble. These methods work like set() and setMultiple() except they store cache only if there is no existing value.

Invalidation dependencies

When using extended cache i.e. PSR-16 cache wrapped with \Yiisoft\Cache\Cache, additionally to TTL for set(), setMultiple(), add(), addMultiple() or getOrSet() methods you can specify a dependency that may trigger cache invalidation. Below is an example using tag dependency:

// set multiple cache values marking both with a tag
$cache->set('item_42_price', 13, null, new TagDependency('item_42'));
$cache->set('item_42_total', 26, null, new TagDependency('item_42'));

// trigger invalidation by tag
TagDependency::invalidate($cache, 'item_42');

Out of there is file dependency that invalidates cache based on file modification time and callback dependency that invalidates cache when callback result changes.

In order to implement your own dependency extend from Yiisoft\Cache\Dependency\Dependency.

You may combine multiple dependencies using AnyDependency or AllDependencies.

Implementing your own cache backend

There are two ways to implement cache backend. You can start from scratch by implementing \Psr\SimpleCache\CacheInterface or you can inherit from \Yiisoft\Cache\SimpleCache. In the latter case you have to implement the following methods:

  • hasValue() - check if value with a key exists in cache.
  • getValue() - retrieve the value with a key (if any) from cache
  • setValue() - store the value with a key into cache
  • deleteValue() - delete the value with the specified key from cache
  • clear() - delete all values from cache

Additionally, you may override the following methods in case backend supports getting any/or setting multiple keys at once:

  • getValues() - retrieve multiple values from cache
  • setValues() - store multiple values into cache
  • deleteValues() - delete multiple values from cache

Unit testing

The package is tested with PHPUnit. To run tests:


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The Yii Caching Library is free software. It is released under the terms of the BSD License. Please see LICENSE for more information.

Maintained by Yii Software.