Feature Request: Retry count #393

anthonycmain opened this Issue Jun 29, 2012 · 4 comments


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Until one of our devs finds the time, I was wondering if there were any plans, or anyone already has extending the library to have a retry count for connections.

I.e Im looking for a feature to retry a download 3 times if it times out/fails cause of a broken connection. Perhaps with a sleep period between attempts.

It would save me writing extra subs each time to support this feature

mattt commented Jun 29, 2012

Thanks for your suggestion, @anthonycmain.

This is something that a few people have requested, but each each use case had surprisingly different requirements in what the behavior should be, which leads me to believe that a general solution that's useful for all relevant cases is intractable.

I'm of the opinion that request retrying is an application concern (or perhaps even something for the user to initiate); it's not all that difficult to implement yourself:

- (void)downloadFileRetryingNumberOfTimes:(NSUInteger)ntimes 
                                  success:(void (^)(id responseObject))success 
                                  failure:(void (^)(NSError *error))failure
    if (ntimes <= 0) {
        if (failure) {
            NSError *error = ...;
    } else {
        [self getPath:@"/path/to/file" parameters:nil success:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, id responseObject) {
            if (success) {
        } failure:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, NSError *error) {
            [self downloadFileRetryingNumberOfTimes:ntimes - 1 success:success failure:failure];

Or something like that—essentially just a basic recursive method. I hope that helps.

@mattt mattt closed this Jun 29, 2012

Brilliant nice response will do the job fine, think I might just add an additional sleep parameter, will share here if I do so


sorry for digging this out, but I need some advice that, should we be careful about retain circle when recursiving for self?

 failure:^(AFHTTPRequestOperation *operation, NSError *error) {
            [self downloadFileRetryingNumberOfTimes:ntimes - 1 success:success failure:failure];

the block hold self, and the next recursive downloadFileRetryingNumberOfTimes will lead to self hold the block?

kubatruhlar commented Aug 26, 2016 edited

In my case, I frequently required this functionality so I came up wit this retry policy category that will help you with that AFNetworking+RetryPolicy

I know it's the old issue, but with respect to AFNetworking 3.0 it could serve well.

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