SwiftyCache 0.9.5

SwiftyCache 0.9.5

LangLanguage SwiftSwift
License Apache 2
ReleasedLast Release Apr 2016
SPMSupports SPM

Maintained by Haoming Ma.

  • By
  • Haoming Ma


SwiftyCache is a journal-based disk LRU cache library that reimplements the Java library DiskLruCache in Swift 2.2.

A Brief History of DiskLruCache

DiskLruCache was originally from the Android Open Source Project, and it has been maintained on GitHub by Jake Wharton and other contributors. A modified version has been integrated into OkHttp by Square. Since OkHttp has been the built-in HTTP client that powers HttpUrlConnection since Android 4.4, all of the modern Android devices have a version of DiskLruCache installed inside.


The following description comes from DiskLruCache, modified accordingly.

SwiftyCache is a cache that uses a bounded amount of space on a filesystem based on the LRU strategy. Each cache entry has a string key and a fixed number of values. Each key must match the regex [a-z0-9_-]{1,120}. Values are byte sequences, accessible as NSData objects or strings. The size in bytes of each value must be between 0 and the maxinum size an NSData object can hold.

The cache stores its data in a directory on the filesystem. This directory must be exclusive to the cache; the cache may delete or overwrite files from its directory. It is an error for multiple processes to use the same cache directory at the same time.

This cache limits the number of bytes that it will store on the filesystem. When the number of stored bytes exceeds the limit, the cache will remove the least recently used entries in the background until the limit is satisfied. The limit is not strict: the cache may temporarily exceed it while waiting for files to be deleted. The limit does not include filesystem overhead or the cache journal so space-sensitive applications should set a conservative limit.

Clients call setData to create or update the values of an entry, or setPartialData to update part of the values of an existing entry.

  • When an entry is being created/updated by setData it is necessary to supply a full set of values; the empty value should be used as a placeholder if necessary.
  • When an entry is being partially updated by setPartialData, it is not necessary to supply data for every value; values default to their previous value.

Clients call getSnapshotForKey to read a snapshot of an entry. The read will observe the value at the time that the reading operation is performed in the background dispatch queue. Updates and removals after the operation do not impact the values in the snapshot.


let cachesDirURL = NSFileManager.defaultManager().URLsForDirectory(.CachesDirectory, inDomains: .UserDomainMask)[0]
let cacheDir = cachesDirURL.URLByAppendingPathComponent("TestCache", isDirectory: true).path!

let valueCount = 2 // each entry has two fields

let diskCache = DiskLRUCache(cacheDir: cacheDir, cacheVersion: 1, valueCount: valueCount, maxSize: 1024*1024*2)

let value0 = "Hello, world!".dataUsingEncoding(NSUTF8StringEncoding)!
let value1 = "Hello, SwiftyCache!".dataUsingEncoding(NSUTF16StringEncoding)!

let key = "Hello"
diskCache.setData([value0, value1], forKey: key)
diskCache.getSnapshotForKey(key) { (error: NSError?, snapshot: CacheEntrySnapshot?) in
    if let snapshot = snapshot {
        NSLog(snapshot.getStringDataAtIndex(0, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding)!)
        NSLog(snapshot.getStringDataAtIndex(1, encoding: NSUTF16StringEncoding)!)



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