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A Node.js module that recursively scans the directories and files of an Nginx cache as efficiently as possible looking for partial URL key matches based on a regular expression.


npm install nginx-cache

Usage example

Purge all CSS files from an Nginx cache:

var nginxCache = require('nginx-cache');
  .on('match', function(file, url) {
    console.log('Attempting to remove cached version of ' + url);
    fs.unlink(file, function(err) {
      if (err) {
  .on('error', function(err) {
  .on('finish', function() {



Constructor to which further methods are chained.

  • directory is the path to the Nginx cache, as provided to its proxy_cache_path directive.


  • pattern is an instance of a standard JavaScript RegExp object.

on(event, listener)

Register a function to listen for the given event, where:

  • event is a String containing the name of the event (see below), and
  • listener is a function to call when the event is emitted.

Event: 'match'

The match event is emitted when a cache file matching the pattern passed to find() is found.

The event attributes are file, url where:

  • file is the full path to the matching cache file, and
  • url is the full cache key that matched the pattern.

Event: 'finish'

The finish event is emitted when all cache directories and files have been scanned. No further events are emitted after this.

Event: 'error'

The error event is emitted when a non-ignorable problem occurs, e.g. lack of permission to read files in the cache directory.

Event: 'warn'

The warn event is emitted when an ignorable problem occurs, e.g. the Nginx cache manager deleted a file.


If you know the complete, original cache key then the commercial Plus version of Nginx provides a proxy_cache_purge directive, which may be more suitable.


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