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A high performance second level query cache for Entity Framework Core.

What is EF Core Cacheable?

Entity Framework (EF) Core Cacheable is an extention library for the popular Entity Framework data access technology.

It provides caching functionality for all types of query results. Based on expression tree and parameters, the context decide rather to execute query against database or returning result from memory.

How caching affects performance

This a sample result of 1,000 iterations of an uncached and cached query, called agains a really good performing MSSQL-database.

Average database query duration [+00:00:00.1698972].
Average cache query duration [+00:00:00.0000650].
Cached queries are x2,611 times faster.

Even with a InMemory test database, the results are significant faster.

Average database query duration [+00:00:00.0026076].
Average cache query duration [+00:00:00.0000411].
Cached queries are x63 times faster.

The performance gain can be even higher, depending on the database performance.

Install via NuGet

You can view the package page on NuGet.

To install EntityFrameworkCore.Cacheable, run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

PM> Install-Package EntityFrameworkCore.Cacheable

This library also uses the Data.HashFunction and aspnet.Extensions as InMemory cache.

Configuring a DbContext

There are three types of configuring the DbContext to support Cachable. Each sample use UseSqlite as option only for showing the pattern.

For more information about this, please read configuring DbContextOptions.

Constructor argument

Application code to initialize from constructor argument:

var optionsBuilder = new DbContextOptionsBuilder<CacheableBloggingContext>();
    .UseSqlite("Data Source=blog.db")

using (var context = new CacheableBloggingContext(optionsBuilder.Options))
    // do stuff


Context code with OnConfiguring:

public partial class CacheableBloggingContext : DbContext
    public DbSet<Blog> Blogs { get; set; }

    protected override void OnConfiguring(DbContextOptionsBuilder optionsBuilder)
        if (!optionsBuilder.IsConfigured)
            optionsBuilder.UseSqlite("Data Source=blog.db");

Using DbContext with dependency injection

Adding the Dbcontext to dependency injection:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    services.AddDbContext<CacheableBloggingContext>(options => options
        .UseSqlite("Data Source=blog.db"))

This requires adding a constructor argument to your DbContext type that accepts DbContextOptions.


To get in use of result caching, you simply need to add .Cacheable(... to your query and define a TTL parameter.

var cacheableQuery = cacheableContext.Books
	.Include(d => d.Pages)
	.ThenInclude(d => d.Lines)
	.Where(d => d.ID == 200)

Custom Cache Provider

Alternatively you can provide a custom implementation of ICachingProvider (default is MemoryCacheProvider). This provides a easy option for supporting other caching systems like redis or Memcached.

optionsBuilder.UseSecondLevelCache(new MyCachingProvider());


The following contributors have either created (thats only me 😜) the project, have contributed code, are actively maintaining it (including documentation), or in other ways being helpfull contributors to this project.

Name GitHub
Steffen Mangold @SteffenMangold
Smit Patel @smitpatel