How to Configure Magento 2 Varnish in 4 Easy Steps

Configuring Varnish with Magento 2 can significantly enhance the performance of your e-commerce store by caching static content and reducing server load. Here's a simplified guide in four easy steps:

Step 1: Install and Configure Varnish

  1. Install Varnish: Use your server's package manager to install Varnish. For example, on Ubuntu, you can use apt:

    sudo apt update sudo apt install varnish
  2. Configure Varnish: Open the Varnish configuration file (usually located at /etc/varnish/default.vcl) in a text editor and make adjustments as needed. Ensure that the backend section points to your Magento server. Here's a basic configuration:

    backend default { .host = ""; .port = "8080"; }

Step 2: Configure Magento to Use Varnish

  1. Enable Full Page Cache: Log in to your Magento Admin Panel.
  2. Navigate to Stores > Configuration.
  3. Under Advanced, select System.
  4. Open the Full Page Cache section.
  5. Set Caching Application to Varnish Cache (Recommended).

Step 3: Flush Magento Cache

  1. In your Magento Admin Panel, navigate to System > Cache Management.
  2. Select all cache types and choose Flush Cache from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click the Submit button to flush the cache.

Step 4: Restart Varnish and Verify Configuration

  1. Restart Varnish: After making configuration changes, restart the Varnish service to apply the changes:

    sudo service varnish restart
  2. Verify Configuration: Test if Varnish is caching content correctly by visiting your Magento store and checking the response headers. You can use browser developer tools or command-line tools like curl to inspect headers.

With these four steps, you can configure Varnish with Magento 2 to optimize your store's performance and provide a faster browsing experience for your customers. Remember to monitor your store's performance after implementation and make adjustments as needed.