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Laravel Eloquent Query Cache

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Laravel Eloquent Query Cache (LEQC; Le QC; Le Query Cache) is a package that brings the remember() functionality that has been removed from Laravel a long time ago. This package helps adding caching functionalities directly on the Eloquent level, making use of cache before retrieving the data from the DB.

This package adds caching support for all query methods.

Installing the package

Hop into your console and install the package via Composer:

$ composer require rennokki/laravel-eloquent-query-cache

Each model that will accept query-by-query caching will have to use the Rennokki\QueryCache\Traits\QueryCacheable trait.

use Rennokki\QueryCache\Traits\QueryCacheable;

class Podcast extends Model
    use QueryCacheable;



Query Cache has the ability to track the SQL used and use it as a key in the cache storage, making the caching query-by-query a breeze.

use Rennokki\QueryCache\Traits\QueryCacheable;

class Article extends Model
    use QueryCacheable;

    $cacheFor = 3600; // cache time, in seconds

// SELECT * FROM articles ORDER BY created_at DESC LIMIT 1;
$latestArticle = Article::latest()->first();

// SELECT * FROM articles WHERE published = 1;
$publishedArticles = Article::wherePublished(true)->get();

In the above example, both queries have different keys in the cache storage, thus it doesn't matter what query we handle. By default, caching is disabled unless specifying a value for $cacheFor. As long as $cacheFor is existent and is greater than 0, all queries will be cached.

It is also possible to enable caching for specific queries. This is the recommended way because it is easier to manage each query.

$postsCount = Post::cacheFor(60 * 60)->count();

// Using a DateTime instance like Carbon works perfectly fine!
$postsCount = Post::cacheFor(now()->addDays(1))->count();

Cache Tags & Cache Invalidation

Some caching stores accept tags. This is really useful if you plan on tagging your cached queries and invalidate only some of the queries when needed.

$shelfOneBooks = Book::whereShelf(1)->cacheFor(60)->cacheTags(['shelf:1'])->get();
$shelfTwoBooks = Book::whereShelf(2)->cacheFor(60)->cacheTags(['shelf:2'])->get();

// After flushing the cache for shelf:1, the query of$shelfTwoBooks will still hit the cache if re-called again.

// Flushing also works for both tags, invalidating them both, not just the one tagged with shelf:1
Book::flushQueryCache(['shelf:1', 'shelf:2']);

Be careful tho - specifying cache tags does not change the behaviour of key storage. For example, the following two queries, altough the use the same tag, they have different keys stored in the caching database.

$alice = Kid::whereName('Alice')->cacheFor(60)->cacheTags(['kids'])->first();
$bob = Kid::whereName('Bob')->cacheFor(60)->cacheTags(['kids'])->first();

Relationship Caching

Relationships are just another queries. They can be intercepted and modified before the database is hit with the query. The following example needs the Order model (or the model associated with the orders relationship) to include the QueryCacheable trait.

$user = User::with(['orders' => function ($query) {
    return $query->cacheFor(60 * 60)->cacheTags(['my:orders']);

// This comes from the cache if existed.
$orders = $user->orders;

Cache Keys

The package automatically generate the keys needed to store the data in the cache store. However, prefixing them might be useful if the cache store is used by other applications and/or models and you want to manage the keys better to avoid collisions.

$bob = Kid::whereName('Bob')->cacheFor(60)->cachePrefix('kids_')->first();

If no prefix is specified, the string leqc is going to be used.

Cache Drivers

By default, the trait uses the default cache driver. If you want to force a specific one, you can do so by calling cacheDriver():

$bob = Kid::whereName('Bob')->cacheFor(60)->cacheDriver('dynamodb')->first();

Disable caching

If you enabled caching (either by model variable or by the cacheFor scope), you can also opt to disable it mid-builder.

$uncachedBooks = Book::dontCache()->get();
$uncachedBooks = Book::doNotCache()->get(); // same thing

Equivalent Methods and Variables

You can use the methods provided in this documentation query-by-query, or you can set defaults for each one in the model; using the methods query-by-query will overwrite the defaults. While settings defaults is not mandatory (excepting for $cacheFor that will enable caching on all queries), it can be useful to avoid using the chained methods on each query.

class Book extends Model
    public $cacheFor = 3600; // equivalent of ->cacheFor(3600)

    public $cacheTags = ['books']; // equivalent of ->cacheTags(['books'])

    public $cachePrefix = 'books_' // equivalent of ->cachePrefix('books_');

    public $cacheDriver = 'dynamodb'; // equivalent of ->cacheDriver('dynamodb');

Implement the caching method to your own Builder class

Since this package modifies the newBaseQueryBuilder() in the model, having multiple traits that modify this function will lead to an overlap.

This can happen in case you are creating your own Builder class for another database drivers or simply to ease out your app query builder for more flexibility.

To solve this, all you have to do is to add the \Rennokki\QueryCache\Traits\QueryCacheModule trait and the \Rennokki\QueryCache\Contracts\QueryCacheModuleInterface interface to your Builder class. Make sure that the model will no longer use the original QueryCacheable trait.

use Rennokki\QueryCache\Traits\QueryCacheModule;
use Illuminate\Database\Query\Builder as BaseBuilder; // the base laravel builder
use Rennokki\QueryCache\Contract\QueryCacheModuleInterface;

// MyCustomBuilder.php
class MyCustomBuilder implements QueryCacheModuleInterface
    use QueryCacheModule;

    // the rest of the logic here.

// MyBuilderTrait.php
trait MyBuilderTrait
    protected function newBaseQueryBuilder()
        return new MyCustomBuilder(

// app/CustomModel.php
class CustomModel extends Model
    use MyBuilderTrait;


Generating your own key

This is how the default key generation function looks like:

public function generatePlainCacheKey(string $method = 'get', $id = null, $appends = null): string
    $name = $this->connection->getName();

    // Count has no Sql, that's why it can't be used ->toSql()
    if ($method === 'count') {
        return $name.$method.$id.serialize($this->getBindings()).$appends;

    return $name.$method.$id.$this->toSql().serialize($this->getBindings()).$appends;

In some cases, like implementing your own Builder for MongoDB for example, you might not want to use the toSql() and use your own method of generating per-sql key. You can do so by overwriting the MyCustomBuilder class generatePlainCacheKey() with your own one.

It is, however, highly recommended to use the most of the variables provided by the function to avoid cache overlapping issues.

class MyCustomBuilder implements QueryCacheModuleInterface
    use QueryCacheModule;

    public function generatePlainCacheKey(string $method = 'get', $id = null, $appends = null): string
        $name = $this->connection->getName();

        // Using ->myCustomSqlString() instead of ->toSql()
        return $name.$method.$id.$this->myCustomSqlString().serialize($this->getBindings()).$appends;

Implementing cache for other functions than get()

Since all of the Laravel Eloquent functions are based on it, the builder that comes with this package replaces only the get() one:

class Builder
    public function get($columns = ['*'])
        if (! $this->shouldAvoidCache()) {
            return $this->getFromQueryCache('get', $columns);

        return parent::get($columns);

In case that you want to cache your own methods from your custom builder or, for instance, your count() method doesn't rely on get(), you can replace it using this syntax:

class MyCustomBuilder
    public function count()
        if (! $this->shouldAvoidCache()) {
            return $this->getFromQueryCache('count');

        return parent::count();

In fact, you can also replace any eloquent method within your builder if you use $this->shouldAvoidCache() check and retrieve the cached data using getFromQueryCache() method, passing the method name as string, and, optionally, an array of columns that defaults to ['*'].

Notice that the getFromQueryCache() method accepts a method name and a $columns parameter. If your method doesn't implement the $columns, don't pass it.

Note that some functions like getQueryCacheCallback() may come with an $id parameter. The default behaviour of the package doesn't use it, since the query builder uses ->get() by default that accepts only columns.

However, if your builder replaces functions like find(), $id is needed and you will also have to replace the getQueryCacheCallback() like so:

class MyCustomBuilder
    public function getQueryCacheCallback(string $method = 'get', $columns = ['*'], $id = null)
        return function () use ($method, $columns, $id) {
            $this->avoidCache = true;

            // the function for find() caching
            // accepts different params
            if ($method === 'find') {
                return $this->find($id, $columns);

            return $this->{$method}($columns);

    public function find($id, $columns = ['*'])
        // implementing the same logic
        if (! $this->shouldAvoidCache()) {
            return $this->getFromQueryCache('find', $columns, $id);

        return parent::find($id, $columns);
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