Query Caching


LdapRecord supports caching LDAP search operations. This is useful when running expensive queries. A pagination query on the root of your LDAP directory may take several seconds to complete.

Caching allows you to store the entire result so it is not retrieved again from the server until the cache is set to expire.


Your application must have a caching implementation that uses the PSR Simple Cache interface.

For example, the Laravel cache system implements this interface.

Getting Started

To set up caching, you must add your cache implementation to your LDAP connection instance.

This is done by the setCache method:

use LdapRecord\Connection;

$connection = new Connection(['...']);



Once you've added your caching implementation to your LdapRecord connection, you may start caching queries on plain queries or queries on created on LdapRecord models.

Caching is enabled for a single query using the cache() method:

$until = new \DateTime('tomorrow');

$results = $connection->query()->cache($until)->get();

In the above example, after retrieving the results from the server, they will be stored in your cache. Upon subsequent attempts, cached results will be returned until they expire using the initial expiry date that was given.

Queries are cached by generating a unique identifier associated with the query instance. This identifier is built with the following components, to ensure other queries executed do not call upon the same cache results:

  • Query limit
  • Query filter
  • Base DN of the query
  • Selected query attributes
  • LDAP Host Name / IP address
  • LDAP Search Type (Search/Listing/Read)
  • Whether the query should return paginated results.

Manual Flushing

In circumstances where you would like to manually flush a query cache, you may pass in true into the second parameter (or via the flush typed parameter) which enforces a removal any cached results owned by the query:

$results = $connection->query()->cache($until, flush: true)->get();

Storing Indefinitely

If you would like to store a query's cache results indefinitely, omit a date from the cache:

$results = $connection->query()->cache()->get();

Custom Cache Keys

If you would like to store a query's cache results using a custom cache key, you may provide a key into the third parameter (or via the key typed parameter), without passing in a date:

$results = $connection->query()->cache(new \DateTime('tomorrow'), key: 'users')->get();

// Storing indefinitely with a custom key:
$connection->query()->cache(key: 'users')->get();

Then, you can retrieve or flush the results outside the query instance if needed:

use LdapRecord\Container;

$cache = $connection->getCache();

// Get the cached results:
$results = $cache->get('users');

// Delete the cached results:

It's imperitive to know that results stored in the cache from the query builder are the raw results returned from your LDAP server. Model instances themselves (or references to them) for example, are not stored in the cache.

Generated on June 4, 2023
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