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ehcache-jcache is a full implementation of the API and SPI from from JSR107 (aka JCache). It provides a wrapper around an Ehcache cache that allows allows you to use Ehcache as the caching provider using only JSR107 APIs.

Getting Started

Including in your project

To include this in your project, you need to include:


Configuring a JCache

There are two ways to configure a JCache.

  1. Programatically using a CacheBuilder
  2. Declaratively using an ehcache-*.xml file

Configuring a JCache Programatically

The JCacheCacheManager is responsible for creating a JCache that delegates the storage and retrieval of cache elements to an underlying ehcache.

The CacheManager can be created manually, or you can use the Caching singleton entrypoint to retrieve it.

    Cache foo = Caching.getCacheManager().createCacheBuilder("foo").build();

You can set additional parameters on the cache as well. For instance, to create a new cache that will have entries expire 10 minutes after they are created (or last modified) that stores cache values as references:

    Cache blarg = Caching.getCacheManager().createCacheBuilder("blarg")
            .setExpiry(CacheConfiguration.ExpiryType.MODIFIED, new Duration(TimeUnit.MINUTES, 10))

Currently only the configuration parameters specified in the JSR107 spec are exposed via the builder interface. You can also configure caches declartively in ehcache's well-known xml cache configuration format.

When you create a named cache manager, the jcache-ehcache provider will look in the classpath for a file named "ehcache-NAME.xml" (where NAME is the name of the cache manager you are creating).

If you have a file named ehcache-jcache-example.xml, for instance, then when you call:

    Cache boo = Caching.getCacheManager("jcache-example").getCache("boo");

The cache will be configured based on the parameters set in the ehcache-jcache-example.xml file in the classpath. In that xml file additional parameters (such as the size of the cache) can be configured.

Note: The defaultCache entry in an xml configuration file is not used for caches created by the JCacheManager

As part of the specification of JSR107, every cache created programatically via getCacheManager().getCache() uses the same default settings regardless of the underlying caching provider. This implementation honors that part of the specification which means that you will need to explicitly define the entries in the cache config file.

Using with JSR107 annotations

The reference implementation of the JSR107 annotations can be used with any JSR107 caching provider. There are annotation implementations provided for both CDI and Spring that will work with ehcache-jcache. For more information on annotations, see

If you want to use annotations with this (or any other JSR107 provider) you need to also include:

For spring annotations (compatible with Spring 3.0.6+):


For CDI annotations:



See See the for full documentation.


Active development of the jcache-ehcache module follows changes to the spec. There will be no attempt to maintain backwards compatibility between release versions; the focus of each release will be compliance with the latest JSR107 spec.


Following releases of the JSR107 spec APIs, an updated release milestone will be released and the latest stable release code will sit on the master branch of the jcache-ehcache github repository.

Building From Source

mvn clean install

Mailing list

Please join the Ehcache mailing list if you're interested in using or developing the software:


We will be using the #jsr107 channel on Freenode for chat.

Issue tracker

Please log issues to:


Right now contribution is limited to the Expert Group, but as we go along we will open it up.


This software is provided under an Apache 2 open source license, read the LICENSE.txt file for details.


This free, open source software was made possible by Terracotta, Inc.. See the CONTRIBUTORS.markdown file for details.


Copyright (c) Terracotta

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