This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

The caches read-only property of the WindowOrWorkerGlobalScope interface returns the CacheStorage object associated with the current context. This object enables functionality such as storing assets for offline use, and generating custom responses to requests.


var myCacheStorage = self.caches; // or just caches


A CacheStorage object.


the following example shows how you'd use a cache in a service worker context to store assets offline.

this.addEventListener('install', function(event) {
  event.waitUntil('v1').then(function(cache) {
      return cache.addAll(


Specification Status Comment
Service Workers
The definition of 'caches' in that specification.
Working Draft Defined in a WindowOrWorkerGlobalScope partial in the newest spec.
Service Workers Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 40.0 42 (42)
52 (52)[1]
No support ? No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 42.0 (42)
52.0 (52)[1]
(Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

[1] caches now defined on WindowOrWorkerGlobalScope mixin.

See also

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