[Algorithms] – Creating an LRUCache in golang

What is an LRUCache?

The LRU means discards the least recently used items first. It means that a cache implementation using this algorithm requires keeping track of what was for last to discards the least recently used item See more here

In the following video, you will find a detailed explanation over the LRU algorithm which will make easier you understand the following code examples.

Code implementation

Following the code implementation for our LRUCache.

package algoTest

import "container/list"

type LRUCache struct {
   capacity   int
   linkedList *list.List
   hashTable  map[int]*list.Element

// The new will initialize the map and linkedList
func New(capacity int) LRUCache {
   return LRUCache{
      capacity:   capacity,
      linkedList: list.New(),
      hashTable:  make(map[int]*list.Element),

// Return the value of the key or -1 when it is not found
func (cache *LRUCache) Get(key int) int {
   // Check if exist
   element, has := cache.hashTable[key]
   // if not exist return -1
   if !has {
      return -1
   // if exist move the element before to the first of
   cache.linkedList.MoveBefore(element, cache.linkedList.Front())

   // each element is the linked  list pointer where []int[0] is the index and the []int[1] is the value
   return element.Value.([]int)[1]

func (cache *LRUCache) Put(key int, value int) {
   element, has := cache.hashTable[key]
   if has {
      // if has element with the key then add the new value
      element.Value = value
      // move element to the front of the list
      cache.linkedList.MoveBefore(element, cache.linkedList.Front())
   if len(cache.hashTable) >= cache.capacity {
   createElementOnFrontOfList(cache, key, value)


// Create a new element in front of the list
func createElementOnFrontOfList(cache *LRUCache, key int, value int) {
   front := cache.linkedList.PushFront([]int{key, value})
   cache.hashTable[key] = front

// Remove the last item of the map
func Evict(cache *LRUCache) {
   back := cache.linkedList.Back()
   delete(cache.hashTable, back.Value.([]int)[0])

Following a test implemented for we check our LRUCache.

package algoTest

import (

func TestLRUCache(t *testing.T) {
   capacity := 3
   cache := New(capacity);

   // Assertions to check if the hashTable was initialized with the capacity informed
   assert.Equal(t, capacity, cache.capacity)

   //Put items in the map/hashTable
   i :=0 ;
   fmt.Printf("Starting caching ..\n")
   for i <= capacity*2 {
      key := i
      value := i*2
      fmt.Printf("Key: %d, Value: %d \n", key, value)
   // Check if kept just the last entries
   for i:= capacity*2; i > capacity; i-- {
      last := cache.Get(i)
      fmt.Printf("Result caching ..\n")
      fmt.Printf("Key: %d, Value: %d \n", i, last)
      assert.Equal(t, i*2, last)

   // Check if the first one was evicted as should be
   first := cache.Get(0)
   assert.Equal(t, -1, first)



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