Content types supported by content caching in macOS

Find out how content caching speeds up Apple software and iCloud downloads.

Content caching speeds up the Apple software downloads that are distributed over the internet. Content caching stores local copies of the software on your Mac, so the downloads are faster for connected clients.

Content types supported by the caching service

macOS includes built-in support for caching the following software.

macOS 10.13 or later

  • macOS updates and Internet Recovery images*
  • macOS installers downloaded from the App Store or softwareupdate --fetch-full installer
  • Apps and app updates from the App Store
  • GarageBand downloadable content
  • iCloud data caching (photos and documents)
  • Apple Books content
  • Xcode downloadable components such as simulators (Xcode 10.2 or later)
  • Rosetta

iOS 7 or later, iPadOS and tvOS

  • iOS updates (over the air)
  • tvOS updates (over the air)
  • Apple TV screensavers (tvOS 12.2 or later)
  • iOS apps, Apple TV apps and app updates
  • On-demand resources support for iOS 10 or later, iPadOS, and tvOS 10 or later.
  • iCloud data caching (photos and documents) for iOS 9 or later
  • Apple Books content
  • Certain mobile assets, such as Siri high quality voices, language dictionaries and more
  • Schoolwork content, including file attachments and multimedia files added to assignments

watchOS 7 or later

  • watchOS apps and app updates
  • iCloud data caching

Country and region restrictions

  • Not all content is cached in all regions. 
  • As of December 2013, iTunes downloads are not cached in Brazil, Mexico, China mainland or Portugal. Apple Books downloads are not cached in Canada.
  • When macOS content caching is enabled, the IP address and region of a Mac computer are registered with Apple. To cache iTunes and App Store content, the registered region of the macOS content cache must match the region of the client Apple ID accounts.

Learn more

Find out more about content caching.

*After starting up from macOS Recovery over the internet, clients can use the cached image to install macOS and take other actions in Recovery.

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