How can users purge varnish cache on their own?

Update: Starting from v1.8.0 end users are now able to purge their own domain's cache via cPanel. Read more on this Varnish feature here.

You can either use the No-Cache directive available in WHM or use the sample PHP script below.

Here's a sample PHP script (call it purge.php):

# get param
$url = $_POST["url"];
$host = $_POST["host"];

  $ip = "";
  $port = "80";

  $timeout = 1;
  $verbose = 1;

  # inits
  $sock = fsockopen ($ip,$port,$errno, $errstr,$timeout);
  if (!$sock) { echo "connections failed $errno $errstr"; exit; }

  if ( !($url || $host) ) { echo "No params"; exit; }


  $pcommand = "purge";
  # Send command
  $pcommand .= ".hash $url#$host#";

  put ($pcommand);
  put ("quit");

  fclose ($sock);

  function readit() {
    global $sock,$verbose;
    if (!$verbose) { return; }
    while ($sockstr = fgets($sock,1024)) {
      $str .= "rcv: " . $sockstr . "
; } if ($verbose) { echo "$str\n"; } } function put($str) { global $sock,$verbose; fwrite ($sock, $str . "\r\n"); if ($verbose) { echo "send: $str
; } readit(); } ?>

And the HTML page that calls the above script (call it purge.html):

        <title>Purge Varnish cache</title>

<style type="text/css">
  body {
        font-size: 10px;
  h1 {
        font-weight: bold;
        color: #000000;
        border-bottom: 1px solid #C6EC8C;
        margin-bottom: 2em;
  label {
        font-size: 160%;
        float: left;
        text-align: right;
        margin-right: 0.5em;
        display: block
  input[type="text"] {
        width: 500px;
  .submit input {
        margin-left: 0em;
        margin-bottom: 1em;


  <h1>Makes Varnish purge the supplied URL from its cache</h1>

  <form action="purge.php" method="post">
        <p><label>URL</label> <input type="text" name="url"></p>
        <p><label>HOST</label> <input type="text" name="host"></p>
        <p class="submit"><input value="Submit" type="submit"></p>


Your could, for example, expand on the above code to prompt for a domain name or URL before proceeding.

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