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Amir H. Moayeri
Amir H. Moayeri

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Mastering Caching in Nuxt 3: A Comprehensive Guide

Nuxt 3 offers immense capabilities for building exceptional web applications, but optimizing their performance for speed is crucial. This is where caching comes into play, significantly reducing server load and boosting your app's responsiveness. However, navigating the nuances of Nuxt 3's caching system can be tricky. Worry not, intrepid developer, for this guide will be your compass!

Nuxt 3's useFetch composable provides a powerful way to fetch data from APIs and other sources. It also offers built-in caching capabilities, which can help improve the performance of your application.

What is caching?

Caching is a technique for storing frequently accessed data in a temporary location so that it can be retrieved quickly and efficiently. In the context of Nuxt 3, caching can be used to store the results of API calls, database queries, or any other expensive operation.

Benefits of caching

There are several benefits to using caching in your Nuxt 3 application:

  • Improved performance: By caching data, you can avoid making repeated requests to the same API or data source. This can significantly improve the loading times of your application.

  • Reduced server load: By caching data, you can reduce the load on your server, which can improve its scalability and stability.

  • Better user experience: Caching can lead to a smoother and more responsive user experience, as data will be available more quickly.

Implementing caching with useFetch

The useFetch composable provides a getCachedData option that allows you to implement caching. This option takes a function as an argument, which should return the cached data if it exists. If the function returns null or undefined, then a new fetch will be triggered.

Here is an example of how to use getCachedData with useFetch to implement caching:

const { data, pending, error, refresh } = await useFetch('/api/data', {
  key: 'my-data', // This key will be used to identify the cached data
  getCachedData: (key) => {
    // Check if the data is already cached in the Nuxt payload
    if (nuxt.isHydrating &&[key]) {

    // Check if the data is already cached in the static data
    if ([key]) {

    return null

if (!data.value) {
  // The data was not cached, so fetch it from the server
  await refresh()
} else {
  // The data was cached, so use it
  console.log('Using cached data:', data.value)
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This example first defines a key for the cached data. Then, it provides a getCachedData function that checks if the data is already cached in either the Nuxt payload or the static data. If the data is found, it is returned from the function. Otherwise, null is returned, which triggers a new fetch.

Finally, the example checks if the data value is null. If it is, then the data was not cached and the refresh function is called to fetch it from the server. Otherwise, the data was cached and it is used.


Caching can be a powerful tool for improving the performance of your Nuxt 3 application. By using the useFetch composable's getCachedData option and other caching strategies, you can ensure that your application is fast, efficient, and responsive.

For more information on caching with Nuxt 3, you can refer to the documentation: useFetch - Nuxt Composables

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