Evicting Spring Cache on a Schedule

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If you're using Spring Cache, you may want to evict the cache on a schedule, to keep it updated.

If you're using out-of-the-box caching with Spring 5 (tested with v5.1.6) you can do something similar to the following:

import javax.management.timer.Timer;
import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.springframework.cache.annotation.CacheEvict;
import org.springframework.cache.annotation.EnableCaching;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.scheduling.annotation.EnableScheduling;
import org.springframework.scheduling.annotation.Scheduled;

@EnableScheduling // remember this so your `@Scheduled` get picked up
public class CacheConfiguration {
  public static final String EVENTS_CACHE = "events";
  public static final String GROUPS_CACHE = "groups";

  private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(CacheConfiguration.class);
  private static final long SIX_HOURS = Timer.ONE_HOUR * 6;

  @Scheduled(fixedRate = Timer.ONE_HOUR)
      value = {EVENTS_CACHE},
      allEntries = true)
  public void clearEvents() {
    LOGGER.info("Clearing events caches");

  @Scheduled(fixedRate = SIX_HOURS)
      value = {GROUPS_CACHE},
      allEntries = true)
  public void clearGroups() {
    LOGGER.info("Clearing groups caches");

Note the allEntries = true is essential, as noted by Johannes Di on Schedule Spring cache eviction? otherwise @CacheEvict will be a no-op.

Written by Jamie Tanna's profile image Jamie Tanna on , and last updated on .

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