Content types supported by the Caching service in OS X Server

The Caching service of OS X Server can speed up downloads of Apple software distributed over the Internet by storing local copies of this software on your server.

Content types supported by the Caching service

OS X Server includes built-in support for caching the following software.

iTunes and iBooks

  • iTunes 11.0.4 and later (OS X and Windows versions)
  • iOS app purchases and app updates*
  • iBooks Store content (iOS 6 and later, and OS X Mavericks and later)

*iOS updates downloaded using iTunes are not cached. iOS updates delivered "over the air" are cached instead.

OS X

  • OS X updates
  • Mac App Store (OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 or later is recommended)
  • Other software updates distributed by Apple (including updates to iTunes for OS X and printer drivers)
  • GarageBand downloadable content
  • Third-party apps from the Mac App Store and their updates
  • Internet Recovery OS image downloads (OS X Mavericks and later)
  • iCloud data caching (photos and documents) for OS X El Capitan v10.11 and later

iOS 7 and later and Apple TV

  • iOS updates (over the air)
  • Apple TV updates (over the air)
  • iOS apps, Apple TV apps, and app updates
  • On-demand resources support for iOS 9.1 and later - On-demand resources are not cached for Apple TV
  • iCloud data caching (photos and documents) for iOS 9 and later
  • iTunes U course materials from the iOS App Store and iBooks Store, as well as uploaded instructor materials such as audio, video, iWork, and iBooks Author files
  • Certain mobile assets, such as Siri high quality voices, language dictionaries, and more

Country Restrictions

  • Not all content is cached in all regions. 
  • As of December 2013, iTunes downloads are not cached in Brazil, Mexico, China, or Portugal. iBooks downloads are not cached in Canada.
  • iTunes downloads might not be cached if a client's IP address isn't associated with your iTunes Store region.

Learn More

Learn more about the Caching service.

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