I read a lot of posts on how to disable caching on a custom block but none seemed to give the perfect solution.

  1. $build['#cache'] = ['max-age' => 0] or public function getCacheMaxAge() { return 0; }: Do not seem to work, or at least for authenticated users
  2. \Drupal::service('page_cache_kill_switch')->trigger(): Kill the complete page cache, not only the block ones
  3. Lazy builders: Seems to work only for anonymous users

In my case, I have a block which renders a random node and it's clearly an issue while I'm not able to refresh this cache.

So how to set up such a block? (Drupal 8.4.3)

Posts giving not working solutions:


public function build() {
    if ($prev_node) {
      $render_controller = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
      $build = $render_controller->view($prev_node, 'pagination');
      $build['#node']->field_custom = 'something';
    return $build;

public function getCacheMaxAge() {
    return 0;

Thank's to @Clive, it seems my issue is not linked to the block cache itself, but to the entity I render in this block. If so, I have no ideas how on to resolve this issue.

After many searches, D7 cache_clear_all('field:node:10', 'my_field') function seems to do what I want to do. What is its equivalent for D8 ?

  • 1
    Possible duplicate of How to prevent a block from being cached?
    – No Sssweat
    Feb 15, 2018 at 13:44
  • I know it is a duplicate, the fact is this post does not provide a solution for this particular issue. I've been asked in another post to create a new one to provide one with, I hope, a final solution. Feb 15, 2018 at 13:47
  • Yes, that's why I want to disable caching for this specific block only. I have also a prev / next pagination block who loads the string "Previous" or "Next", and those strings are cached, so, on the next page, the "next" button become "previous". So, I really need to implement this for 2 blocks. Feb 15, 2018 at 14:13
  • What you've done with the max-age is correct: drupal.org/docs/8/api/cache-api/cache-max-age it might be your browser just caching the page and thats why it appears to be cached by drupal still. Try with the inspector tools open and caching disabled
    – Leigh
    Feb 15, 2018 at 14:13
  • @LeighMason I had a huge doubt on your suggestion but I gave it a try, and it does not work. The only way to view my block correctly is to flush Drupal cache. Feb 15, 2018 at 14:16

3 Answers 3


I got the same issue that you, here is what it worked for me.

 * Implements hook_preprocess_HOOK() for block.html.twig.
function MY_MODULE_preprocess_block(&$variables) {
  $blocks_to_cache = [
  if (in_array($variables['base_plugin_id'], $blocks_to_cache)) {
    $variables['#cache']['max-age'] = 0;


So, In my my_module.module I search if I'm displaying this block, then I clean the cache for that block. You can several block names.

  • Thank you Carlos, but sadly, I tested it and it does not work for me. Feb 16, 2018 at 9:00

Finally found a solution, thanks to MXH on the Drupal Slack. I had to clear the render array cache like this:

$render_controller = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
$items['next'] = $render_controller->view($node, 'pagination');
$items['next']['#cache'] = ['disabled' => TRUE];
$items['next']['#node']->my_field = t('some text');

Found the solution here - https://stefvanlooveren.me/blog/disable-block-caching-drupal-8

Add the below code to your block code file

public function getCacheMaxAge() { return 0; }


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