I assume that as soon as you add a contextual filter, that is not a fixed value, the View becomes uncachable since it becomes dynamic, right?

Is there a clear cut way to tell if the View gets cached or not?


I assume that as soon as you add a contextual filter, that is not a fixed value, the View becomes uncachable since it becomes dynamic, right?


That just means that the view's output varies based on the URL. Specifically, a query argument.

This is why we in Drupal 8 have the concept of cache contexts: https://www.drupal.org/developing/api/8/cache/contexts.

For the Views module to efficiently determine whether a view can have a cached version or not, we need to know ahead of time which contexts a particular view display varies by. So, upon saving a modified view, the Views module iterates over all plugins that a particular view display uses and gathers its cacheability metadata. It then stores it in the view config entity.

Concrete example: the "Taxonomy Term" view that ships with Drupal 8 core. It has a path of /taxonomy/term/%, with that % being a particular taxonomy term ID. Open core/modules/taxonomy/config/optional/views.view.taxonomy_term.yml and scroll all the way to the bottom. You'll see this:

    id: page_1
    display_title: Page
    display_plugin: page
    position: 1
        type: views_query
        options: {  }
      path: taxonomy/term/%
      display_extenders: {  }
        - 'languages:language_interface'
        - url
        - 'user.node_grants:view'
        - user.permissions
      max-age: -1
      tags: {  }

Note the presence of the url cache context. That describes that this view varies by URL, in particular by the value for the % wildcard in the /taxonomy/term/% URL.


You can read cache status inside the HTTP response header.

CASE: cache enabled

$ curl -I   d8.example.com/PathToYourView
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
X-Drupal-Dynamic-Cache: MISS

CASE: cache disabled

$ curl -I   d8.example.com/PathToYourView
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
X-Drupal-Dynamic-Cache: UNCACHEABLE
  • I created a page view called test with a contextual filter of Node ID with a fixed value of 1. So it always shows node 1 title. According to the HTTP response header it says Uncachable (O_o) d028t.ply.st/test if this is true then most views are uncachable? – No Sssweat Mar 10 '16 at 9:15
  • Oh, turns out that view's do not get cached for Administrators (I get the Uncachable) but when being anonymous or authenticated user I get MISS or HIT. – No Sssweat Mar 10 '16 at 9:22
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    Makes sense to me. As admin, I'm not interested in cached results. – augusto Mar 10 '16 at 9:24
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    The X-Drupal-Dynamic-Cache is not at all related to a view being cached or not. It's a header indicating whether Drupal 8's dynamic_page_cache module was able to cache parts of the page or not. See drupal.org/documentation/modules/dynamic_page_cache and wimleers.com/article/drupal-8-dynamic-page-cache. – Wim Leers Mar 17 '16 at 15:30
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    This answer was not really salvageable, so I wrote a new one: drupal.stackexchange.com/a/195078/7632. – Wim Leers Mar 17 '16 at 15:38

If enabled, the view should always be cached unless you are relying on a certain field/filter/sort/... plugin that disables caching. For example a random sort.

Filters, Arguments and many other contexts are considered when defining the cache key.

You can see if a view is cacheable by looking at the calculated cacheable metadata in the exported yml file.

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