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Avo uses the application's cache system to enhance performance. The cache system is especially beneficial when dealing with resource index tables and license requests.

Cache store selection

The cache system dynamically selects the appropriate cache store based on the application's environment:


In production, if the existing cache store is one of the following: ActiveSupport::Cache::MemoryStore or ActiveSupport::Cache::NullStore it will use the default :file_store with a cache path of tmp/cache. Otherwise, the existing cache store Rails.cache will be used.


In testing, it directly uses the Rails.cache store.

Development and other environments

In all other environments the :memory_store is used.

Custom selection

You can force Avo to use a particular store.

# config/initializers/avo.rb
config.cache_store = -> {

# or

config.cache_store = ActiveSupport::Cache.lookup_store(:solid_cache_store)

cache_store configuration option is expecting a cache store object, the lambda syntax can be useful if different stores are desired on different environments.

MemoryStore in production

Our computed system do not use MemoryStore in production because it will not be shared between multiple processes (when using Puma).


The cache_hash method is used to compute the cache key for each row.

More about this on the resource options page.

Caching caveats

Avo caches each record on the Index view for improved performance. However side-effects may occur from this strategy. We'll try to outline some of them below and keep this page up to date as we find them or as they get reported to us.

These are things that may happen to regular Rails apps, not just in the Avo context.

Rows may not be automatically updated when certain associations change

There are two things you could do to prevent this:

Option 1: Use touch: true on association

Example with Parent Model and Association

  class Post < ApplicationRecord
    has_many :comments, dependent: :destroy

Example with Child Model and Association with touch: true

  class Comment < ApplicationRecord
    belongs_to :post, touch: true

Option 2: override cache_hash method on resource to take associations in consideration

Avo, internally, uses the cache_hash method to compute the hash that will be remembered by the caching driver when displaying the rows.

You can take control and override it on that particular resource to take the association into account.

  class Avo::Resources::User < Avo::BaseResource
    def fields
      # your fields

    def cache_hash(parent_record)
      # will now be taken under consideration
      result = [record, file_hash,]

      if parent_record.present?
        result << parent_record


root_path change won't break the cache keys

When the rows are cached, the links from the controls, belongs_to and record_link fields, and maybe others will be cached along.

The best solution here is to clear the cache with this ruby command Rails.cache.clear. If that's not an option then you can try to add the root_path to the cache_hash method in your particular resource.

Solid Cache

Avo seamlessly integrates with Solid Cache. To setup Solid Cache follow these essential steps

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "solid_cache"

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install solid_cache

Add the migration to your app:

$ bin/rails solid_cache:install:migrations

Then run it:

$ bin/rails db:migrate

To set Solid Cache as your Rails cache, you should add this to your environment config:

config.cache_store = :solid_cache_store

Check Solid Cache repository for additional valuable information.