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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The open() method of the CacheStorage interface returns a Promise that resolves to the Cache object matching the cacheName.

Note: If the specified Cache does not exist, a new cache is created with that cacheName and a Promise that resolves to this new Cache object is returned.


// "caches" is a global read-only variable, which is an instance of CacheStorage,
// For more info, refer to: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/WindowOrWorkerGlobalScope/caches

caches.open(cacheName).then(function(cache) {
  // Do something with your cache


The name of the cache you want to open.

Return value

A Promise that resolves to the requested Cache object.


This example is from the MDN sw-test example (see sw-test running live). Here we wait for a FetchEvent to fire. Then we construct a custom response like so:

  1. Check whether a match for the request is found in the CacheStorage using CacheStorage.match(). If so, serve that.
  2. If not, open the v1 cache using CacheStorage.open(), put the default network request in the cache using Cache.put() and return a clone of the default network request using return response.clone(). The last is necessary because put() consumes the response body.
  3. If this fails (e.g., because the network is down), return a fallback response.
var cachedResponse = caches.match(event.request).catch(function() {
  return fetch(event.request);
}).then(function(response) {
  caches.open('v1').then(function(cache) {
    cache.put(event.request, response);
  return response.clone();
}).catch(function() {
  return caches.match('/sw-test/gallery/myLittleVader.jpg');


Specification Status Comment
Service Workers
The definition of 'CacheStorage: open' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 40 Yes 44
Service workers (and Push) have been disabled in the Firefox 45 & 52 Extended Support Releases (ESR.)
No 27 11.1
Android webview Chrome for Android Edge Mobile Firefox for Android Opera for Android iOS Safari Samsung Internet
Basic support 40 40 Yes 44 27 Yes ?

See also

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