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The match() method of the Cache interface returns a Promise that resolves to the Response associated with the first matching request in the Cache object. If no match is found, the Promise resolves to undefined.


cache.match(request, {options}).then(function(response) {
  // Do something with the response


The Request you are attempting to find in the Cache. This can be a  Request object or a URL.
options Optional
An object that sets options for the match operation. The available options are:
  • ignoreSearch: A Boolean that specifies whether to ignore the query string in the URL.  For example, if set to true the ?value=bar part of would be ignored when performing a match. It defaults to false.
  • ignoreMethod: A Boolean that, when set to true, prevents matching operations from validating the Request http method (normally only GET and HEAD are allowed.) It defaults to false.
  • ignoreVary: A Boolean that when set to true tells the matching operation not to perform VARY header matching — i.e. if the URL matches you will get a match regardless of whether the Response object has a VARY header. It defaults to false.
  • cacheName: A DOMString that represents a specific cache to search within. Note that this option is ignored by Cache.match().

Return value

A Promise that resolves to the first Response that matches the request or to undefined if no match is found.

Note: Cache.match() is basically identical to Cache.matchAll(), except Cache.match() resolves with response[0] (the first matching response) instead of response[] (all matching response in an array).


This example is taken from the custom offline page example (live demo). It uses a cache to supply selected data when a request fails. A catch() clause is triggered when the call to fetch() throws an exception. Inside the catch() clause, match() is used to return the correct response.

 In this example, only HTML documents retrieved with the GET HTTP verb will be cached. If our if() condition is false, then this fetch handler won't intercept the request. If there are any other fetch handlers registered, they will get a chance to call event.respondWith(). If no fetch handlers call event.respondWith(), the request will be handled by the browser as if there were no service worker involvement. If fetch() returns a valid HTTP response with an response code in the 4xx or 5xx range, the catch() will NOT be called. 

self.addEventListener('fetch', function(event) {
  // We only want to call event.respondWith() if this is a GET request for an HTML document.
  if (event.request.method === 'GET' &&
      event.request.headers.get('accept').indexOf('text/html') !== -1) {
    console.log('Handling fetch event for', event.request.url);
      fetch(event.request).catch(function(e) {
        console.error('Fetch failed; returning offline page instead.', e);
        return {
          return cache.match(OFFLINE_URL);


Specification Status Comment
Service Workers
The definition of 'Cache' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 40 [1] 39 (39)[2] No support 33 No support
All options supported 54 ? No support 41 No support
Feature Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 40 [1] 40 [1] 39.0 (39) ? No support 33 No support
All options supported 54 54 ? ? No support 41 No support

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