Synchronization Primitives

asyncio synchronization primitives are designed to be similar to those of the threading module with two important caveats:

  • asyncio primitives are not thread-safe, therefore they should not be used for OS thread synchronization (use threading for that);

  • methods of these synchronization primitives do not accept the timeout argument; use the asyncio.wait_for() function to perform operations with timeouts.

asyncio has the following basic synchronization primitives:


class asyncio.Lock(*, loop=None)

Implements a mutex lock for asyncio tasks. Not thread-safe.

An asyncio lock can be used to guarantee exclusive access to a shared resource.

The preferred way to use a Lock is an async with statement:

lock = asyncio.Lock()

# ... later
async with lock:
    # access shared state

which is equivalent to:

lock = asyncio.Lock()

# ... later
await lock.acquire()
    # access shared state
coroutine acquire()

Acquire the lock.

This method waits until the lock is unlocked, sets it to locked and returns True.

When more than one coroutine is blocked in acquire() waiting for the lock to be unlocked, only one coroutine eventually proceeds.

Acquiring a lock is fair: the coroutine that proceeds will be the first coroutine that started waiting on the lock.


Libère un verrou.

When the lock is locked, reset it to unlocked and return.

If the lock is unlocked, a RuntimeError is raised.


Donne True si le verrou est verrouillé.


class asyncio.Event(*, loop=None)

An event object. Not thread-safe.

An asyncio event can be used to notify multiple asyncio tasks that some event has happened.

An Event object manages an internal flag that can be set to true with the set() method and reset to false with the clear() method. The wait() method blocks until the flag is set to true. The flag is set to false initially.

Exemple :

async def waiter(event):
    print('waiting for it ...')
    await event.wait()
    print('... got it!')

async def main():
    # Create an Event object.
    event = asyncio.Event()

    # Spawn a Task to wait until 'event' is set.
    waiter_task = asyncio.create_task(waiter(event))

    # Sleep for 1 second and set the event.
    await asyncio.sleep(1)

    # Wait until the waiter task is finished.
    await waiter_task
coroutine wait()

Attend que l'évènement ait une valeur.

If the event is set, return True immediately. Otherwise block until another task calls set().


Set the event.

All tasks waiting for event to be set will be immediately awakened.


Clear (unset) the event.

Tasks awaiting on wait() will now block until the set() method is called again.


Renvoie True si l'évènement a une valeur.


class asyncio.Condition(lock=None, *, loop=None)

A Condition object. Not thread-safe.

An asyncio condition primitive can be used by a task to wait for some event to happen and then get exclusive access to a shared resource.

In essence, a Condition object combines the functionality of an Event and a Lock. It is possible to have multiple Condition objects share one Lock, which allows coordinating exclusive access to a shared resource between different tasks interested in particular states of that shared resource.

The optional lock argument must be a Lock object or None. In the latter case a new Lock object is created automatically.

The preferred way to use a Condition is an async with statement:

cond = asyncio.Condition()

# ... later
async with cond:
    await cond.wait()

which is equivalent to:

cond = asyncio.Condition()

# ... later
await cond.acquire()
    await cond.wait()
coroutine acquire()

Acquire the underlying lock.

This method waits until the underlying lock is unlocked, sets it to locked and returns True.


Wake up at most n tasks (1 by default) waiting on this condition. The method is no-op if no tasks are waiting.

The lock must be acquired before this method is called and released shortly after. If called with an unlocked lock a RuntimeError error is raised.


Return True if the underlying lock is acquired.


Wake up all tasks waiting on this condition.

This method acts like notify(), but wakes up all waiting tasks.

The lock must be acquired before this method is called and released shortly after. If called with an unlocked lock a RuntimeError error is raised.


Libère le verrou sous-jacent.

When invoked on an unlocked lock, a RuntimeError is raised.

coroutine wait()

Attends d'être notifié.

If the calling task has not acquired the lock when this method is called, a RuntimeError is raised.

This method releases the underlying lock, and then blocks until it is awakened by a notify() or notify_all() call. Once awakened, the Condition re-acquires its lock and this method returns True.

coroutine wait_for(predicate)

Attends jusqu'à ce qu'un prédicat devienne vrai.

The predicate must be a callable which result will be interpreted as a boolean value. The final value is the return value.


class asyncio.Semaphore(value=1, *, loop=None)

A Semaphore object. Not thread-safe.

A semaphore manages an internal counter which is decremented by each acquire() call and incremented by each release() call. The counter can never go below zero; when acquire() finds that it is zero, it blocks, waiting until some task calls release().

The optional value argument gives the initial value for the internal counter (1 by default). If the given value is less than 0 a ValueError is raised.

The preferred way to use a Semaphore is an async with statement:

sem = asyncio.Semaphore(10)

# ... later
async with sem:
    # work with shared resource

which is equivalent to:

sem = asyncio.Semaphore(10)

# ... later
await sem.acquire()
    # work with shared resource
coroutine acquire()

Acquire a semaphore.

If the internal counter is greater than zero, decrement it by one and return True immediately. If it is zero, wait until a release() is called and return True.


Returns True if semaphore can not be acquired immediately.


Release a semaphore, incrementing the internal counter by one. Can wake up a task waiting to acquire the semaphore.

Unlike BoundedSemaphore, Semaphore allows making more release() calls than acquire() calls.


class asyncio.BoundedSemaphore(value=1, *, loop=None)

A bounded semaphore object. Not thread-safe.

Bounded Semaphore is a version of Semaphore that raises a ValueError in release() if it increases the internal counter above the initial value.

Obsolète depuis la version 3.7: Acquiring a lock using await lock or yield from lock and/or with statement (with await lock, with (yield from lock)) is deprecated. Use async with lock instead.