Jacob Paris
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Set up a server-side cache for your backend

Caching data server-side is a great way to improve performance and reduce load on your API.

There are many kinds of caches you can use, and as long as they implement the web-standard Cache interface they will be interchangeable.

I'm fond of lru-cache which is a simple in-memory cache that is bound by space, so when it fills up, it will drop the least recently used items.

Install a cache of your choice along with cachified, which will make it easier to use in your application code.

npm install lru-cache cachified

Then create a new file cache.server.ts

Configure your cache and export an augmented cachified function that uses your cache by default.

import { LRUCache } from "lru-cache"
import type {
} from "cachified"
import {
cachified as baseCachified,
} from "cachified"
const lru = new LRUCache<string, CacheEntry>({ max: 1000 })
export function cachified<Value>(
options: Omit<CachifiedOptions<Value>, "cache">,
) {
return baseCachified({
cache: lruCacheAdapter(lru),

Using the cache

You can cache any promise. We'll use a simple fetch function as an example, but if you have an expensive database operation, you can cache that too in the same way.

With this simple loader, every request to it will trigger a new request to the API.

export async function loader() {
const data = await fetch(process.env.API_URL).then(
(response) => response.json(),
return json(data)

Almost all data is read more often than it is written, so if we know it's unlikely to have updated (or if we don't care about up to the second accuracy), we can cache the result of the fetch.

Using cachified, the promise you're trying to cache becomes the getFreshValue method, and then you just need to tell it to use your cache and give it a key to use.

import { cachified } from "./cache.server.js"
export async function loader() {
const data = await cachified({
key: process.env.API_URL,
ttl: 1000 * 60 * 60 * 24,
async getFreshValue() {
console.info(` - MISS ${process.env.API_URL}`)
return fetch(process.env.API_URL).then((response) =>
return json(data)

Now, the first request to the page will trigger a request to the API, but subsequent requests will use the cached value.

GET /registry.json 200 - - 1790.886 ms
- MISS registry.json
GET /registry.json 200 - - 1.727 ms
GET /registry.json 200 - - 0.821 ms
GET /registry.json 200 - - 1.068 ms
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