– How to programmatically clear outputcache for controller action method

If the controller action has the OutputCache attribute specified on an action, is there any way to clear the output cache without having to restart IIS?

[OutputCache (Duration=3600,VaryByParam="param1;param2")]
public string AjaxHtmlOutputMethod(string param1, string param2)
  var someModel = SomeModel.Find( param1, param2 );

  //set up ViewData

  return RenderToString( "ViewName", someModel );

I'm looking at using HttpResponse.RemoveOutputCacheItem(string path) to clear it, but I'm having trouble figuring out what the path should be to map it to the action method. I'm going to try again with the aspx page that is rendered by ViewName.

Possibly I'll just manually insert the output of RenderToString into the HttpContext.Cache instead if I can't figure this one out.


Please note that the OutputCache is VaryByParam, and testing out a hardcoded path "/controller/action" does not actually clear the outputcache, so it looks like it has to match "/controller/action/param1/param2".

That means I'll probably have to revert to object level caching and manually cache the output for RenderToString() 🙁

Best Answer

Try this

var urlToRemove = Url.Action("AjaxHtmlOutputMethod", "Controller");


var requestContext = new System.Web.Routing.RequestContext(
    new HttpContextWrapper(System.Web.HttpContext.Current),
    new System.Web.Routing.RouteData());

var Url = new System.Web.Mvc.UrlHelper(requestContext);


Try this:

[OutputCache(Location= System.Web.UI.OutputCacheLocation.Server, Duration=3600,VaryByParam="param1;param2")]

Otherwise the cache deletion won't work because you've cached the HTML output on the user's machine

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