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Waiting for multiple asynchronous download tasks

In Swift 4,

func executeMultiTask() {     //1. Create group     let taskGroup = DispatchGroup()     //2. Enter group     taskGroup.enter()     myTask1.execute(completeHandler: {         // ...         //3. Leave group         taskGroup.leave() //< balance with taskGroup.enter()     })     /* Add more tasks ...     //2. Enter group     taskGroup.enter()     myTask2.execute(completeHandler: {         //3. Leave group         defer {            // Use `defer` to make sure, `leave()` calls are balanced with `enter()`.            taskGroup.leave()          }         // ... more     })     */     //4. Notify when all task completed at main thread queue.     taskGroup.notify(queue: .main) {          // All tasks are done.         // ...        }}

To expand on Abhinav's answer, you should:

  1. Use dispatch_group_create() to create a group.
  2. Call dispatch_group_enter(group) before starting each download task.
  3. Call dispatch_group_leave(group) inside the task's completion handler.
  4. Then call dispatch_group_notify(group, queue, ^{ ... }) to enqueue a block that will be executed when all the tasks are completed.

You can see an example in this post.

(By the way, it's not true that doing 100 dispatch_asyncs in a row will create 100 threads immediately. The system still retains control over how many threads to use to satisfy the queue. However, your code does not wait for any of the tasks to complete before it returns, nor does it attempt to synchronize between multiple tasks completing.)

A working objective-c example for downloading multi files

- (void) downloadFiles: (NSMutableArray *) fileArray : (NSString *)destParentDir{    dispatch_group_t serviceGroup = dispatch_group_create();    for (id fileInfo in fileArray) {        dispatch_group_enter(serviceGroup);        NSFileManager *fileManager = [NSFileManager defaultManager];        NSString *fileName = [fileInfo valueForKey:@"name"];        //Create SubDirs if needed, note that you need to exclude file name for the dirsString :)        //[fileManager createDirectoryAtPath:dirsString withIntermediateDirectories:true attributes:nil error:NULL];        //Download file        NSURL  *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@"YOUR_FILE_URL"];        NSData *urlData = [NSData dataWithContentsOfURL:url];        if(urlData)        {            NSString  *localPath = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@/%@", destParentDir, fileName];            [urlData writeToFile:localPath atomically:YES];        }        dispatch_group_leave(serviceGroup);    }    dispatch_group_notify(serviceGroup, dispatch_get_main_queue(),^{        NSLog(@"Complete files download");    });}