How to purge / clear Varnish cache for a single URL

Varnish is a reverse web proxy accelerator that caches the HTTP contents. It can speed up requests by a factor of 500-1000 times. By caching and saving CPU time and database requests for content, varnish is able to server hundreds of consecutive requests per second.

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In order to purge or clear Varnish cache, you can simply restart Varnish. This will clear the varnish cache.

/etc/varnish restart

or if you are using ‘services’ on your server, you can run the following on the command line

service varnish restart

In order to purge varnish cache for a specific URL, using CURL :


Running this command should provide an output like this :

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    <title>200 Varnish cache has been purged for this object.</title>
    <h1>Error 200 Varnish cache has been purged for this object.</h1>
    <p>Varnish cache has been purged for this object.</p>
    <h3>Guru Meditation:</h3>
    <p>XID: 1398586940</p>
    <p>Varnish cache server</p> <script defer src=""></script></body>

Clearing the varnish cache for a specific URL using varnishadm

To open the varnishadm console. use the following command to purge the URL :

varnishadm -T -S /etc/varnish/secret ban " == && req.url == /some/url/"