Browser - Service Worker (Offline / Cache enhanced capability)


A service worker is a type of worker (JavaScript application) installed in the browser that can act as a forward proxy.

Two Ways

Browser > Server

They can:

Server > Browser

They can receive http requests (and associated resources) created by the server


They make the following feature possible in the browser:

  • cache (useful when the network is not available)
  • push notifications,
  • background syncing,
  • offline functionality


This section explains the http cache feature.

The first time a user visits your page using a browser that supports service worker, all of the resources needed to use the page offline can be automatically cached locally, and each subsequent visit to any page on the site will be:

  • a) fast (since there's no network dependency)
  • b) work offline (for the same reason).


The service worker needs to be registered (associated with) against:




Documentation / Reference

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