NOTE: WORK IN PROGRESS
A geocache may be of several types.
This document describes the existing cache types across Opencaching sites.
Cache types matrix
|1||1||Unknown||All||Caches that do not fit any explicitely declared type|
|2||2||Traditional||All||Physical container at the coordinates|
|3||3||Multi-cache||All||Sequence of physical containers, each with clues leading to the next|
|4||4||Virtual cache||All||No physical container. Must visit the place and answer questions and provide proof you visited.|
|5||5||Webcam cache||All||No physical container. Must visit the place and take picture using the webcam and provide proof.|
|6||6||Event||All||No physical container. Not counted as "found". Social gathering of geocachers.|
|7||7||Puzzle cache||All||Physical container not at coordinates. Must solve puzzle to find it.|
|8||9||Moving cache||OCPL||Physical container changes location after each find.|
|8||8||Math/Physics cache||OCDE||Physical container not at coordinates. Requires to solve math or physics type problem.|
|9||14||Geopath final cache||OCPL||Bonus cache as GeoPath final (FIXME)|
|9||15||MP3 cache||OCUS||Physical container not at coordinates. Must use clues in audio file to locate.|
|9||9||Moving cache||OCDE||Physical container changes location after each find.|
|10||16||Owncache||OCPL||Travels with owner. Must meet owner to find. (FIXME)|
|10||10||Drive-in cache||OCDE||Physical container near parking. A.k.a. park&grab|
|10||18||Guestbook cache||OCUS||Physical container is a guestbook, available to sign|
|11||11||USB cache||OCUS||Physical container is a USB flash drive. Log is a digital file.|
|12||12||BIT cache||OCUS||Playing card with serial number. See http://wiki.opencaching.us/index.php/BIT_Caches|
|13||13||Letterbox cache||OCUS||Similar to multi or mystery field puzzle, with final container additionally having a rubber stamp.|
|N/A||19||Benchmark||OCUS||Geographical survey benchmark|
- Cache_type ID numbers currently in use. Duplicates and overlaps exist.
- Cache_type ID numbers; Future suggested remapping to resolve duplicates and overlaps.
- OCPL-current; Sites updated live from Github project repository; Member sites: OCPL, OCNL, OCRO.
- OCUS runs an older (from several years ago) version of OCPL code, based on OCUK
- OCDE running a single instance, multi-view, installation of OpencachingDeutschland/oc-server3 code.