PageCache powered by Varnish

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PageCache powered by Varnish

Now: Free Community Version available under OSL license! Note that the free version is provided as is. For support please subscribe to the Enterprise version of the module.

Make your Magento store fly - with transparently integrated Varnish Cache! Blazing fast response times and lower server load during peak times making your Magento store 100x faster.

The PageCache module allows you to control your Varnish Cache instance from the Magento backend to trigger purge requests for single stores or content types. It also prevents caching of store pages containing customer information like shopping carts or logins.

No more worries about huge marketing campaigns or maniac crawlers: Varnish Cache will mitigate any peaks so your Magento store can care about the buyers and transactions!

The PageCache module has been architectural certified by Varnish Software to ensure highest quality and reliability for Magento stores.



- Allows full page caching of Magento store frontends with Varnish
- Prevent caching of pages containing custom information (these pages are cacheable in Enterprise version of the module, see below)
- Configure request paths (controller, action) to be excluded from caching
- Manually clean caches for single store views or content types or use automatic cleaning on object saving
- Maintain several Varnish instances from the Magento backend
- Set TTL for content pages per store view and controller actions
- Support for design exceptions
- Easily deactivate caching for certain Magento modules
- Enable debug mode to analyse any issues
- Ready to go configuration file (VCL) for Varnish Cache 3.0


Features for Enterprise Version:

- Varnish ESI support for dynamic page blocks (customizable)
- full GeoIP support
- supported ESI blocks: mini cart, last viewed and compared products, top links, welcome message, compare list and wishlist
- Crawler for cache heating

Click here to check out the Enterprise Version in our Magento Demo Store.



- Magento CE > 1.7 or PE/EE > 1.12
- Installed Varnish instance(s) > 3.0


Known issues:

- "Recently Viewed Products" box is not supported in the community version of the module
- Logging and statistics will be fragmentary (Varnish won't pass cached requests to the webserver or Magento)


PageCache powered by Varnish is available as Community Version under the OSL. An Enterprise Version including additional features like a page crawler to keep your Varnish Cache hot and support is also available as subscription.

For more details visit the purchase page or contact us by email.


"VARNISH" is a registered trademark of Varnish Software AB


This module is also available on GitHub in the latest version.

This extension has been developed by PHOENIX MEDIA, official Varnish Integration Partner and Magento Gold Partner in Germany and Austria.

M1 Extension Versions

Bugfix release

2014-10-10 10:15:45
  • Version number: 4.2.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9, 1.11, 1.11.1, 1.12, 1.13, 1.13.1, 1.14
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

Fixed issue post requests and form keys

Support for form keys

2014-10-09 17:52:18
  • Version number: 4.2.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

- fixed issue with form key in Magento CE > 1.8
- minor bugfixes

Improved backwards compatibility and multi-store caching

2013-07-05 15:16:42
  • Version number: 4.0.5
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7,,,, 1.10, 1.11, 1.11.1, 1.12, 1.13
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

- fixed issue with caching of store switching requests
- fixed compatibility issue with older magento versions

Multi-Store Environment Fixes

2013-06-21 09:34:18
  • Version number: 4.0.3
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7,,,, 1.10, 1.11, 1.11.1, 1.12, 1.13
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

- fixed caching issues in multi-store environments
- fixed Magento EE FPC caching issue
Important: update your VCL file!

Improved caching logic and ESI support (Enterprise Edition)

2013-04-22 15:40:55
  • Version number: 4.0.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 1.7,,,, 1.10, 1.11, 1.11.1, 1.12, 1.13
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

- added store and currency switch support
- added advanced message handling
- added Varnish ESI support (Enterprise Edition only) for basic blocks (sidebar/mini cart, top links, welcome message, last viewed and compared products)
- raised Magento version requirements to CE 1.5.1 and EE 1.9
- dropped support for Varnish 2.x
- moved configuration in separate tab
- small bugfixes
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Is Varnish 4.0 supported by this extension?

Asked by: Regiondo_new
Varnish 4.0 will be supported in the next release which probably will be available next week.
Answered by: PHOENIX
Date published: 2016-02-12

ESI feature supported?

In your release notes, you mention an ESI release in Q1/12 or Q2/12. Looking at your reease notes you mention "Cache-Control:s-manage=x", is that the ESI integration?
Asked by: bradrhod
Yes, ESI is fully support in the Enterprise version of our module.
Answered by: PHOENIX
Date published: 2015-01-16

Any Plans For A Cache Warmer?

Hi, Do you have any plans to add cache warmer/primer functionality to the extension? It would be a great feature to be able to click a button in the System >> Cache Management section and be able to have a script crawl the site to prime the cache after a change.
Asked by: lukebranch
The Enterprise Version of our module ships with a crawler to warm the cache. The feature is already there :-)
Answered by: PHOENIX
Date published: 2014-12-13

Settings Page says 404 not found

After successful install on Magento CE 1.9, and Varnish 4.1 the Settings Page says 404 not found... no idea what to do... any thouhgts?
Asked by: mhunkler
That usually gets fixed by logging out and then in again.
Answered by: Samick
Date published: 2016-02-02


Hello, I try to uninstall this Extension. I've uninstalled it in Magento-Connect, but not all folders was deleted. Then I've deleted them manually, but now I can not start my shop anyway. I get follows Errors: a:5:{i:0;s:62:"[varnishcache/observer] (Phoenix_VarnishCache_Model_Observer).";i:1;s:1464:"#0 /usr/local/www/(...)/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Config.php(1358): Mage::throwException('[varnishcache/o...') I've searched whole folder with "find" for "varnish", but I can not found any file.
Asked by: sth007
Simply clean your Magento cache after uninstalling software.
Answered by: PHOENIX
Date published: 2014-12-16

Fatal error: Class 'Phoenix_VarnishCache_Model_Processor' not found in /home/jadelitt/public_html/Jade/includes/src/Mage_Core_Model_Cache.php on line

Fatal error: Class 'Phoenix_VarnishCache_Model_Processor' not found in /home/jadelitt/public_html/Jade/includes/src/Mage_Core_Model_Cache.php on line 703
Asked by: rayauyeung

Post request and formkey Issue

Hi, after installation of this module, version 4.2.1, i have issues with formkey and post request, my forms dont work anymore. This version should be a Bugfix for this problem, correct? Help me please, how can i fix it? Thanks! best regards.
Asked by: kinsman

Shared cart

Hi, We're having a problem on our website with multisite. When varnish is enabled the cart is shared by people browsing from different location. Like when I add something into cart, its added into the cart of my friend as well. Important: this doesn't happen in all of the sites. It only happens in one of 5 websites running in same magento installation. Any clue ?
Asked by: saftlab

Mini search term on the shop homepage cached?

Hello! On the community edition of this module the mini search term is permanently cached. There seems to be no option in the admin to change or control it. Is there any way to deactivate the caching of this mini search block in the community edition? If no, the module is somehow useless, because almost every shop actually has a mini search field... Regards, Dimitri
Asked by: QB new media

Magento 1.9 Support

Do you plan to release an update that will work with Magento 1.9?
Asked by: 7dots
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PageCache powered by Varnish is rated 1.1 out of 5 by 71.
Rated out of 5 by from It works nicely with one problem. When using SSL, Magento redirects to https:// for some URLs. This doesn't work with this extension enabled, I get a 500 error. As soon as I disable the module, these redirects work again as they should. This is with a Magento 1.5 install and Varnish 2.1.
Date published: 2012-12-07
Rated out of 5 by from Hi, i've installed the PageCache by Varnish and it's great, however I also had a trial for Nitrogento and it seems that the two extensions might conflict with each other as the Varnish Cache does not appear in the Cache section in the Magento Admin on Magento with PageCache by Varnish installed even though it shows up in the System >> Config >> Advanced >> System section.
Date published: 2012-12-05
Rated out of 5 by from Great extension, improves site speed instantly. We have one problem though, when we navigate to System - Configuration - Design, change something and click 'Save configuration' we are presented with the following error: Fatal error: Call to a member function generateDesignExceptionSub() on a non-object in /home/USER_DIR/public_html/app/code/community/Phoenix/VarnishCache/Model/Observer.php on line 303 Anyone with a solution for this issue?
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated out of 5 by from There is a huge problem with mobile. How do I tell Varnish to distinguish between mobile and non-mobile? Whatever hits first of the page view that gets cached for everybody.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated out of 5 by from I've got nginx, magento and varnish installed with the correct defaut.vcl file. What do i need to change in nginx? Should nginx or varnish be on port 80? There are lots of confusing posts with contradicting information. My nginx config looks like this? With varnish, do I lose that config? Protected directories, etc...
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated out of 5 by from This extension is very good. My site speed has drastically improved. BUT the only issue side cart block which is not excluded from caching and this is giving me trouble. All visitors to my site from any their respective system, are seeing same value in side cart. So basically this block is being cached. Please help with this, how to exclude this.
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated out of 5 by from It works like a charm! Thanks a lot! I am using on 2 stores, one with Magento CE 1.5 and other 1.7. The 1.5 has SSL and I I checked codes and it looks like it won't cache port 443, what is good. I had problems with mod_pagespeed not allowing customers to add products to the cart. Well, everything works fine, site is fast both not safe and SSL. :D
Date published: 2012-11-13
Rated out of 5 by from Hi, After installing the extension the speed of the site has increased a lot But once the user is logged in or if he adds a product to the cart or if he writes a comment for a product then I notice a cookie EXTERNAL_NO_CACHE is set where then the site becomes slow, which I think the when there is a form submit then the caching is disabled. So does this extension do caching only for guest users or I am missing some thing in the configuration.
Date published: 2012-11-10
Rated out of 5 by from Hi, we are useing 1.7.02, varnish 3.0 but we are always getting the following eror: exception 'Mage_Core_Model_Session_Exception' in /var/www/html/xxxxx/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Session/Abstract/Varien.php:349 It happens only if we click on a product detail page :-(
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated out of 5 by from We can't get this going! We're probably missing something, can anybody help, please? So far we have : - installed&confiured Varnish on port 83 and different vcl file name - created a phoenix.vcl file inside /etc/varnish - same contents as provided with extension - installed&enabled extension, with server IP and port 83. Currently all requests are passed to nginx, and Varnish is working, but won't be bothered at all!
Date published: 2012-10-08
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