Is there any easy way to clear the cache for a custom entity? I know there is an entry in the cache_entity-Table. If i manually delete it, everything is fine. I tried doing the same as in \Drupal\Core\Entity->invalidateTagsOnSave() or \Drupal\Core\Entity->invalidateTagsOnDelete(). This does not seem to change anything.

Unfortunately I can't just load the entity and resave it in this situation.

  • Are you adding any cache tags or contexts or data to the entity itself? – Kevin Feb 9 '18 at 20:21

But you know the entity ID that you want to have invalidated?

Then use \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage($entity_type_id)->resetCache([$id]);

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  • that works like charm, but why Cache::invalidateTags($tags) does not work? – David Jun 15 at 13:34
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    because the entity storage doesn't use cache tags. – Berdir Jun 26 at 8:11

In your custom entity you should override the function

public function getCacheTagsToInvalidate();

of the EntityInterface.

Then, to clear that entity's cache you simply call


If you do not override getCacheTagsToInvalidate() the default implementation in entity.php should also work:

public function getCacheTagsToInvalidate() {
    if ($this->isNew()) {
      return [];
    return [$this->entityTypeId . ':' . $this->id()];

The tags[] is just the name plus the id.

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  • Will this also invalidate the {entity_type_id}_list tag? – Luke A. Leber Nov 26 '18 at 23:37
  • It's your custom entity. If your cache on the {entity_type_id}_list tag depends on a single instance, then add this tag to your getCacheTagsToInvalidate() return array. – Rainer Feike Nov 27 '18 at 7:26

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