Does anyone know how to tell what the lifetime is in on the enterprise edition full page cache? I've poked around the code base a good bit but I don't see anything that indicates a set lifetime.



I think it will use the default from Mage_Core_Model_Cache::DEFAULT_LIFETIME which is 7200 seconds.

Take a look at the Enterprise_PageCache_Model_Cache::getCacheInstance() method. It will either create its own instance of a core/cache model or use the application's if there are no specific options set.

  • Are you following me? :) Thanks! This sounds accurate, but I'll verify tonight. Feb 13 '13 at 22:39

In the <full_page_cache> tag in your ./app/etc/local.xml just define


The lifetime is defined in seconds. You need to strike a balance between content freshness, performance and the amount of storage space you actually have available.

The default is 7200 seconds.

  • Great answer! I'm accepting beeplogic's just because he answered me first. Thanks for the lifetime tip! Feb 20 '13 at 23:06
  • AFAIK this does only apply when you are using Cm_Cache_Backend_Redis, and it needs to be placed <full_page_cache><backend_options> HERE </backend_options><full_page_cache> Jan 31 '18 at 12:37

This is an old thread, but I've been doing a lot of work with FPC recently and I wanted to clarify because the above is not accurate. Magento EE FPC out of box does not support expiration.

Enterprise_PageCache_Model_Processor::processRequestResponse() does this...

$cacheInstance->save($content, $cacheId, $this->getRequestTags());

Since lifetime is not passed here it defaults to null. See Mage_Core_Model_Cache::save() signature...

public function save($data, $id, $tags = array(), $lifeTime = null)

Also of note https://github.com/colinmollenhour/Cm_Cache_Backend_Redis/pull/77

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