All GET requests, either lazy or non-lazy ones, can be cached. By default, react-isomorphic-data will use cache-first strategy for all the data. This means that if a response for a particular URL + query params already exist in the cache, all subsequent requests will always receive a response from the cache directly, without going to the network.

Caching Strategies

react-isomorphic-data comes with 3 different caching strategies, which you can choose by passing a dataOptions.fetchPolicy to your hook/HOC. (More about dataOptions). If you do not pass a value to dataOptions.fetchPolicy, client.fetchPolicy will be used instead. You can set client.fetchPolicy when creating a dataClient instance.

const client = createDataClient({
fetchPolicy: 'network-only', // set the default fetchPolicy to 'network-only'

To learn more about what options can be passed to createDataClient, go here.

If you do not set client.fetchPolicy, it will default to cache-first.

  1. cache-first

    This is the default strategy used if you do not pass an explicit fetchPolicy and createDataClient. A network request will only be made if the particular URL + query params' response does not exist in the cache yet.

    If it exists in the cache, the data from cache will be passed to your component and a network request will never be made.

  2. cache-and-network

    If data exists in cache, it will be passed to your component immediately. It will also make a request to the network to get a fresh data. Once the network request is resolved, the data in the cache will be updated with the newer data.

  3. network-only

    The data will never be cached. Each data will only be kept until the component unmount, or until another network request is made explicitly. All non GET requests (POST, PUT, DELETE, etc.) are locked in to this strategy.

Things to note

  1. network-only strategy should not be used for data that are going to be fetched during server side rendering. The reason for this is because it's going to be invalidated (become null) the moment your React app hydrates on the client side. Doing so in development mode will show a warning message in the console. You can provide { ssrForceFetchDelay: 500 } when doing createDataClient() to work around this.

  2. All non GET requests are locked in to network-only strategy. The reason for this is because non GET requests are not expected to be idempotent (calling them will introduces side-effects on the server side), and therefore should not be cached.

Last updated on 5/24/2020 by Jacky Efendi