Android: Asynchronously Download Multiple Files

Libraries and Examples involving asynchronously downloading multiple files in android.

In this article we want to look at some powerful options to include asynchronous multi-request download capability in your android applications.

(a). FileBox

FileBox is an async file downloader library for Android. It’s powerful download library based on RxJava.

FileBox downloads a given URL, and if it is already downloaded, it provides downloaded content directly.

Features of FileBox:

  • Shares ongoing download requests to the observers. So It reduces Data Usage.
  • Has TTL(Time To Live) duration. Filebox re-download the URL if TTL is expired.
  • Supports both Cache and External directory.
  • Supports the File Encryption for sensitive URL(images, videos, any file).
  • Allows you to create a custom folder destination.
  • Clears unreliable data automagically.
  • Does Etag Check. Filebox doesn’t download the file again If the file’s TLL(Time To Live) is up but the file has not changed.
  • Supports Multiple Download. If you have N file and want to get notified when all completed.
  • Runs on application scope. There is no pause/resume continuation support.

Step 1: Installation

FileBox is hosted in jitpack so to install start by adding jitpack as a repository in your root level build.gradle:

allprojects {
     repositories {
    maven { url '' }

Then in the app level build gradle add it’s implementation statement under the dependency closure:

dependencies {
      implementation 'com.github.lyrebirdstudio:filebox:0.1'

Step 2: Basic Usage

For basic usage of FileBox, follow the following code:

val fileBoxRequest = FileBoxRequest("https://url1.png")

val filebox= FileBoxProvider.newInstance(applicationContext, FileBoxConfig.createDefault())

    .subscribe { fileBoxResponse ->
        when (fileBoxResponse) {
            is FileBoxResponse.Downloading -> {
                val progress: Float = fileBoxResponse.progress
                val ongoingRecord: Record = fileBoxResponse.record
            is FileBoxResponse.Complete -> {
                val savedRecord: Record = fileBoxResponse.record
                val savedPath = fileBoxResponse.record.getReadableFilePath()
            is FileBoxResponse.Error -> {
                val savedRecord: Record = fileBoxResponse.record
                val error = fileBoxResponse.throwable

How to Customize the Configurations

You can customize FileBox configs:

val fileBoxConfig = FileBoxConfig.FileBoxConfigBuilder()
        .setCryptoType(CryptoType.CONCEAL) // Default is CryptoType.NONE
        .setTTLInMillis(TimeUnit.DAYS.toMillis(7)) // Default is 7 Days
        .setDirectory(DirectoryType.CACHE) // Default is External
        .setFolderName("MyPhotos") // Default is none

Multiple Download Requests

If you want to download multiple files at the same time:

val fileBoxMultipleRequest = FileBoxMultiRequest(

val filebox = FileBoxProvider.newInstance(applicationContext, FileBoxConfig.createDefault())

    .subscribe { fileBoxResponse ->
        when (fileBoxResponse) {
            is FileBoxMultiResponse.Downloading -> {
                val progress = fileBoxResponse.progress
                val ongoingFileResponseList = fileBoxResponse.fileBoxResponseList
            is FileBoxMultiResponse.Complete -> {
                val ongoingFileResponseList = fileBoxResponse.fileBoxResponseList
                ongoingFileResponseList.forEach { it.record.getReadableFilePath() }
            is FileBoxMultiResponse.Error -> {
                val error = fileBoxResponse.throwable
                val ongoingFileResponseList = fileBoxResponse.fileBoxResponseList

Step 3: Destroy FileBox

Don’t forget to destroy the filebox when your initialized scope is destroyed. If you create a filebox in your application class, It is application scoped. If you create a filebox in your activity class, It is activity scoped. Be aware of your lifecycle.



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