A simple yet fully-featured RxJava/Retrofit HTTP cache

A simple yet fully-featured RxJava/Retrofit HTTP cache


Annotation-driven, encrypted and customisable Retrofit/RxJava HTTP cache


Cache any HTTP call using an annotation on the Retrofit method. All responses are automatically cached to disk and refreshed once they expire.

Optional support for customisable encryption (choice of JetPack Security on 23+, Facebook Conceal on 16+ or any preferred custom implementation) and Snappy compression (https://github.com/google/snappy).

About v2.0

Version 2.0 is a major departure from the original implementation and is using annotations to provide the call cache directives. It also contains more cache operations and controls. The documentation below relates to v1.0+ and is now mostly out-of-date. It will be updated to reflect the new features of 2.0 once the lib is out of alpha/beta.

The library was renamed DéjàVu to avoid confusion with pre-existing similar libraries names RxCache.

Retrofit support

This library provides an adapter to be used during the setup of Retrofit which handles the cache transparently.
This means caching can be added to existing codebases using Retrofit/RxJava with minimal effort and almost no refactoring.

Volley / other networking lib support

It is possible to use the cache interceptor with other networking libs, take a look at the demo app for an example implementation for Volley.

The documentation below will refer exclusively to the Retrofit implementation.

Note: This library needs to be used in conjunction with RxJava and Gson.

Adding the dependency

To add the library to your project, add the following block to your root gradle file:

allprojects {
 repositories {
    maven { url "https://jitpack.io" }

Then add the following dependency to your module:

dependencies {
   compile 'com.github.pthomain:dejavu:2.0.0-beta4'


Just replace RxJava2CallAdapterFactory with RetrofitCacheAdapterFactory during your Retrofit setup:

Retrofit retrofit = new Retrofit.Builder()
                                /* ... usual setup */ 

Assuming that your Retrofit client looks like this:

interface UserClient {  

  Observable<UserResponse> get(@Path("userId") String userId);

Then you need to define your UserResponse class as such:

  public class UserResponse extends CachedResponse<UserResponse> {
    //This method only needs to be overriden if you want to implement a different
    //TTL than the default one, which is set to 5 min.
    public float getTtlInMinutes() {
      return 10f; //Determines how long to cache this request for
    /* Add your response fields below */

And that's it. Any call to UserClient.get() will return a FRESH response for the first call followed by a CACHED response (straight from the disk) for any subsquent called made during the TTL interval from the point the request was last refreshed.


The simplest way to enable caching on your responses is to have them extend from the CachedResponse object.
This class contains all the needed metadata, including the duration for which to cache the response.

See the Advanced configuration section if your responses are already extending from a base class or for special cases.

Request metadata

CachedResponse contains the following methods to be overridden if needed:

  • getTtlInMinutes(): returns how long to cache responses for (5 minutes by default).
  • isRefresh(): set to true to force a refresh of the response regardless of how old it is (false by default).
  • getMetadata(): contains metadata related to errors and cache status.
  • splitOnNextOnError(): see the Error handling section.


CacheToken is available on the ResponseMetadata object for both requests and responses.
It provides information about the cache status of the response or act as an instruction to the CacheManager.

A request CacheToken can be:

  • CACHE: default value, instructs the CacheManager to cache the response.
  • DO_NOT_CACHE: instructs the CacheManager not to cache the response.
  • REFRESH: instructs the CacheManager to invalidate the cached response and request a new response from the API.

A response CacheToken can be:

  • NOT_CACHED(final): indicates that the response was not cached (as a result of a DO_NOT_CACHE request token)
  • FRESH(final): indicates that the response is coming straight from the network
  • CACHED(final): indicates that the response is coming straight from the cache (within their expiry window)
  • STALE(non-final): indicates a response coming straight from the cache (after their expiry date)
  • REFRESHED(final): returned after a STALE response with FRESH data from a successful network call
  • COULD_NOT_REFRESH(final): returned after a STALE response with STALE data from an unsuccessful network call

IMPORTANT: All response CacheToken are final except for STALE

This means that STALE is the only "temporary response" and is emitted to onNext() while another API call is attempted.
This allows the possibility to show expired data in the UI while it is being refreshed (if applicable).

What it also means is that another response will follow: either REFRESHED or COULD_NOT_REFRESH depending on the success of the subsequent API call.

If the STALE data is irrelevant, then it should be filtered like so:

cachedResponseObservable.filter(response -> response.getMetadata().getCacheToken().getStatus().isFinal)

Responses containing errors are never cached.

For more explanation about the CacheToken mechanism, see the Sequence diagrams section.

Error handling

By default, this interceptor overrides the default RxJava error handling mechanism and does not emit errors.
Instead any error emitted upstream is intercepted and re-delivered as an ApiError object in the response metadata.

Because of this, developers would always expect a valid response through onNext() for any call made even if it resulted in an error and as such should always check that the response metadata has no error (hasError() == false) before trying to read the response's fields.

This simplifies error handling in most cases by allowing the observable to only be subscribed with a single callback for onNext().

If you would rather use both the onNext() and onError() callbacks, override the splitOnNextOnError() method on the CachedResponse object to return true.

Advanced configuration

If your response classes are already extending from a parent class (say BaseResponse), then implement the ResponseMetadata.Holder interface instead:

public class UserResponse extends BaseResponse implements ResponseMetadata.Holder<ApiError, UserResponse> {
    private transient ResponseMetadata<UserResponse, ApiError> metadata; //transient is important here, ResponseMetadata is not serializable
    public float getTtlInMinutes() {
      return 5f;
    public boolean isRefresh() {
      return false; //or true if you want this response to always force a refresh
    public ResponseMetadata<UserResponse, ApiError> getMetadata() {
      return metadata;
    public void setMetadata(ResponseMetadata<UserResponse, ApiError> metadata) {
      this.metadata = metadata;
    /* Add your response fields below */


By default, all HTTP/GSON/Retrofit exceptions thrown as part of the call are all converted to an ApiError which provides generic metadata about the cause of the error and allows for error catching/checking to be done on a single type of exception.
This is done by ApiErrorParser which implements Function<Throwable, ApiError>.

The Function interface is needed for the cache manager to work properly and given a Throwable should return true if the argument is a network-related error or false otherwise.

If you want to use your own custom error parsing and POJO, for instance MyCustomError, then you need to define it as such:

public class MyCustomError extends Exception implements Function<MyCustomError, Boolean> {

    private final boolean isNetworkError;

    public MyCustomError(boolean isNetworkError) { //add any extra information parsed from the error as parameters
        this.isNetworkError = isNetworkError;

    public Boolean get(MyCustomError error) {
        return error.isNetworkError;

Then you need to implement a factory for it:

public class MyCustomErrorFactory implements Function<Throwable, MyCustomError>{

    public MyCustomError get(Throwable throwable) {
    boolean isNetworkError = throwable instanceof IOException; //or whichever other check makes sense to you implementation
        return new MyCustomError(isNetworkError);

You can then build the interceptor this way:

public <R extends BaseCachedResponse<MyCustomError, R>> RxCacheInterceptor.Factory<MyCustomError, R> buildInterceptor(Context context) {
    return RxCacheInterceptor.<MyCustomError, R>builder()
                             .errorFactory(new MyCustomErrorFactory())

Edge-case JSON responses

Some base classes are included to support JSON responses with an array as its root element (CachedList<T>, extending ArrayList<T>) and for endpoints returning an empty body (EmptyResponse). Both of those classes will provide cache metadata and can be used with the interceptor.

Sequence diagrams

The sequence diagrams below illustrate the cache mechanism with all the possible request/response CacheToken combinations: