Disk Caching with AFNetworking

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Today’s quick tip: taking advantage of in-memory and on-disk caches when using AFNetworking. If you’re already using AFNetworking for your networking needs — and you probably are — you might be wondering whether you need to do anything special to use a cache for your objects. Specifically, we wanted to make sure we were getting all the advantages of both AFImageCache and NSURLCache — AFImageCache for in-memory caching, and NSURLCache as a disk cache.

It’s easy!

Step 1: Set up an NSURLCache, probably in AppDelegate. No memory capacity, as AFNetworking already has AFImageCache for a memory cache:

NSURLCache *URLCache = [[NSURLCache alloc] initWithMemoryCapacity:0 diskCapacity:50 * 1024 * 1024 diskPath:nil];
[NSURLCache setSharedURLCache:URLCache];

Step 2: When you’re about to send off an NSURL request, check the AFImageCache first:

NSURLRequest *urlRequest = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:URLString] cachePolicy:NSURLRequestReturnCacheDataElseLoad timeoutInterval:30.0f];
UIImage *image = [[UIImageView sharedImageCache] cachedImageForRequest:urlRequest];
if (image != nil) {

Step 3. If the return value is nil, let your request get processed normally. AFHTTPRequestOperation will use the NSURLCache automatically before going to the web:

AFHTTPRequestOperation *postOperation = [[AFHTTPRequestOperation alloc] initWithRequest:urlRequest];
postOperation.responseSerializer = [AFImageResponseSerializer serializer];
[postOperation setCompletionBlockWithSuccess:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, id responseObject) {
	UIImage *image = responseObject;
	[[UIImageView sharedImageCache] cacheImage:image forRequest:urlRequest];
} failure:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, NSError *error) {
	NSLog(@"Image error: %@", error);
[postOperation start];

And that, like the man says, is that.