I am currently making code changes to a view rendering in Sitecore, and when a deploy these changes to my local environment, they were not visible. I realized that the rendering was marked as Cacheable, so I was seeing a previously cached version.

Rendering Caching Settings

Besides unchecking Cacheable on the renderings I'm currently working on, what would be the best way to disable HTML caching for development?

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I typically disable caching for my local environment by setting the HTML cache lifetime to 1 second using the following config patch:

<setting name="Caching.HtmlLifetime">
  <patch:attribute name="value">00:00:01</patch:attribute>

To make this specific to your local environment, you can patch it in using a configuration transforms or using a tool like Slow Cheetah

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    While the rest of the answers are great, I'm choosing this one because it's specific (only affects HTML caching) and easy to implement in a multi-site solution.
    – JohnD
    Sep 16, 2016 at 18:33
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    In my opinion not the correct answer, as it affects the complete environment. The answer by disabling cacheHTML=false in the site node, is better, as it disables the cache for a specific site.
    – Bas Lijten
    Sep 19, 2016 at 16:05
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    @BasLijten for me, that is a positive. This is for local development, and I do not want to disable cache for specific sites. In some cases, I may have 30+ site definitions. Sep 19, 2016 at 17:33
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    Yes, the question was focused on what to do in a development situation and not the best way to disable caching in production.
    – JohnD
    Sep 20, 2016 at 14:14
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    Also ensure iis level user and kernel cache is not enabled. Sep 20, 2016 at 22:57

You can turn cache off at the site level in the site definition in configuration:

<site name="website" enableTracking="true" virtualFolder="/" physicalFolder="/" rootPath="/sitecore/content" startItem="/home" database="web" domain="extranet" allowDebug="true" cacheHtml="true" htmlCacheSize="50MB" registryCacheSize="0" viewStateCacheSize="0" xslCacheSize="25MB" filteredItemsCacheSize="10MB" enablePreview="true" enableWebEdit="true" enableDebugger="true" disableClientData="false" cacheRenderingParameters="true" renderingParametersCacheSize="10MB" />

Simply make sure "cacheHtml" is set to "false".


I typically do what you're doing and set all the renderings I want cached to be cacheable. However, for my local development, I will set cacheHtml to false on the site definition.

 <configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/">
        <site name="mySite" patch:before="site[@name='website']"
  • This is my preferred method too. Typically I will have a configuration file that is for development environments only (i.e. not deployed) that overrides the default site definition to patch this attribute.
    – Kasaku
    Sep 19, 2016 at 16:44

Looking for Caching.Enable in your web.config. You can change it to false via a patch, transform, etc.

  • Correction -- It's Caching.Enabled
    – mluker
    Sep 16, 2016 at 18:27
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    This will disable ALL Sitecore caches. Whilst this will include the HTML cache I'd consider it overkill for this siutation when there are means to just disable the HTML caching.
    – Kasaku
    Sep 19, 2016 at 16:48

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