Prevent NSURLSession from caching responses

Why does it cache responses. It returns previously fetched responses. It even works if turning off the network connection. Resetting the iOS simulator did not seem to work either. Making a request, then again with internet offline does work (cached).

public let urlSession: NSURLSession

public init()
    // ...

    var configuration = NSURLSessionConfiguration.defaultSessionConfiguration()
    configuration.requestCachePolicy = NSURLRequestCachePolicy.ReloadIgnoringLocalCacheData
    urlSession = NSURLSession(configuration: configuration)

func makeRequest(path: String, httpMethod:String, body:String?, baseUrl: String?, headers:[String:String]=[:], callback: JsonRequestCallback)
    let urlString = (baseUrl ?? customOAuth2Manager.API_URL) + path
    let url = NSURL(string: urlString)
    let request = oauthInstance.request(forURL: url!)

    request.HTTPMethod = httpMethod

    for (key, value) in headers {
        request.setValue(value, forHTTPHeaderField:key)

    if let body = body where body != "" {
        let postData = (body as NSString).dataUsingEncoding(NSUTF8StringEncoding)
        request.HTTPBody = postData

    let task = urlSession.dataTaskWithRequest(request) { data, response, error in
        self.parseData(data, response:response, error:error, body:body, callback: callback)


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  • I managed to solve it by calling this code from didFinishLaunching in the AppDelegate:

    func removeUrlCache()
        NSURLCache.setSharedURLCache(NSURLCache(memoryCapacity: 0, diskCapacity: 0, diskPath: nil))

    However, I’m still curious why my original code does not work. It also feels a bit ugly to disable cache for all the app to solve my problem.

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    Thanks for the question. It put me on the right path.

    There are more possibilities with NSURLCache.sharedURLCache() and you don’t need to change the memory capacity and disk capacity for this.

    You can remove all cached responses. Works for me.


    Or you can remove the cache for a single response. Not working for me iOS 9.

    let request = NSURLRequest(URL: NSURL(string:url)!, cachePolicy: NSURLRequestCachePolicy.ReloadIgnoringLocalCacheData , timeoutInterval: 10)
    //Do your request here

    I hope it helps someone out!

    NSURLCache.sharedURLCache().removeCachedResponseForRequest(request) is not working for me unfortunately

    My alternative was: I’m using this for pull to refresh and i’m tracking the last update date. So I was using the following code:


    But for some reason this is not working ether.

    Since iOS 8, single cache remove methods seems to be broken:

    Not sure if this actually prevents from chaching or just forces a fresh reload every time, but this is what worked for me:

    request.cachePolicy = NSURLRequestCachePolicy.ReloadIgnoringCacheData

    Here’s a screenshot showing other options in case someone may need them:

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