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How to force the browser to not cache in Rails

Posted by arjunghosh on April 29, 2008

This is a quick note to self. Though,I found this excellent post by Chad while looking for something else but this post had a excellent note on browser cache also. So this post is mostly a re-post from Chad’s.

So here it goes:

To ensure that the page isn’t cached by the browser and will always be re-fetched, add a before_filter to the purchases controller which calls a private method on ApplicationController:

before_filter :no_cache, :only => [:new]
def no_cache
response.headers["Last-Modified"] =
response.headers["Expires"] = 0

# HTTP 1.0
response.headers["Pragma"] = "no-cache"

# HTTP 1.1 'pre-check=0, post-check=0' (IE specific)
response.headers["Cache-Control"] = 'no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0, pre-check=0, post-check=0'

Now there is a catch – ‘not caching’ only works in Firefox.

Now the above code should have worked for all browser, but it did not work in Safari or in IE 6 and 7. The reason is that any page with an iframe on it will never be cached, and will always be re-fetched.

The solution is iframe. So, we add this to views/foo/new.

<iframe style="height:0px;width:0px;visibility:hidden" src="about:blank"> this frame prevents back forward cache </iframe>

This frame prevents back forward cache. And this works. Now we have cross-browser no-caching in a RESTful. Though this is a hack as Chad says. But it works for me. 🙂

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