A Python 3.5+ library that integrates the multiprocessing module with asyncio





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aioprocessing provides asynchronous, asyncio compatible, coroutine versions of many blocking instance methods on objects in the multiprocessing library. To use dill for universal pickling, install using pip install aioprocessing[dill]. Here's an example demonstrating the aioprocessing versions of Event, Queue, and Lock:

import time
import asyncio
import aioprocessing

def func(queue, event, lock, items):
    """ Demo worker function.

    This worker function runs in its own process, and uses
    normal blocking calls to aioprocessing objects, exactly 
    the way you would use oridinary multiprocessing objects.

    with lock:
        for item in items:

async def example(queue, event, lock):
    l = [1,2,3,4,5]
    p = aioprocessing.AioProcess(target=func, args=(queue, event, lock, l))
    while True:
        result = await queue.coro_get()
        if result is None:
        print("Got result {}".format(result))
    await p.coro_join()

async def example2(queue, event, lock):
    await event.coro_wait()
    async with lock:
        await queue.coro_put(78)
        await queue.coro_put(None) # Shut down the worker

if __name__ == "__main__":
    loop = asyncio.get_event_loop()
    queue = aioprocessing.AioQueue()
    lock = aioprocessing.AioLock()
    event = aioprocessing.AioEvent()
    tasks = [
        asyncio.ensure_future(example(queue, event, lock)), 
        asyncio.ensure_future(example2(queue, event, lock)),

The aioprocessing objects can be used just like their multiprocessing equivalents - as they are in func above - but they can also be seamlessly used inside of asyncio coroutines, without ever blocking the event loop.

What's new


  • Add support for universal pickling using dill, installable with pip install aioprocessing[dill]. The library will now attempt to import multiprocess, falling back to stdlib multiprocessing. Force stdlib behaviour by setting a non-empty environment variable AIOPROCESSING_DILL_DISABLED=1. This can be used to avoid errors when attempting to combine aioprocessing[dill] with stdlib multiprocessing based objects like concurrent.futures.ProcessPoolExecutor.

How does it work?

In most cases, this library makes blocking calls to multiprocessing methods asynchronous by executing the call in a ThreadPoolExecutor, using asyncio.run_in_executor(). It does not re-implement multiprocessing using asynchronous I/O. This means there is extra overhead added when you use aioprocessing objects instead of multiprocessing objects, because each one is generally introducing a ThreadPoolExecutor containing at least one threading.Thread. It also means that all the normal risks you get when you mix threads with fork apply here, too (See for more info).

The one exception to this is aioprocessing.AioPool, which makes use of the existing callback and error_callback keyword arguments in the various Pool.*_async methods to run them as asyncio coroutines. Note that multiprocessing.Pool is actually using threads internally, so the thread/fork mixing caveat still applies.

Each multiprocessing class is replaced by an equivalent aioprocessing class, distinguished by the Aio prefix. So, Pool becomes AioPool, etc. All methods that could block on I/O also have a coroutine version that can be used with asyncio. For example, multiprocessing.Lock.acquire() can be replaced with aioprocessing.AioLock.coro_acquire(). You can pass an asyncio EventLoop object to any coro_* method using the loop keyword argument. For example, lock.coro_acquire(loop=my_loop).

Note that you can also use the aioprocessing synchronization primitives as replacements for their equivalent threading primitives, in single-process, multi-threaded programs that use asyncio.

What parts of multiprocessing are supported?

Most of them! All methods that could do blocking I/O in the following objects have equivalent versions in aioprocessing that extend the multiprocessing versions by adding coroutine versions of all the blocking methods.

  • Pool
  • Process
  • Pipe
  • Lock
  • RLock
  • Semaphore
  • BoundedSemaphore
  • Event
  • Condition
  • Barrier
  • connection.Connection
  • connection.Listener
  • connection.Client
  • Queue
  • JoinableQueue
  • SimpleQueue
  • All managers.SyncManager Proxy versions of the items above (SyncManager.Queue, SyncManager.Lock(), etc.).

What versions of Python are compatible?

aioprocessing will work out of the box on Python 3.5+.


Keep in mind that, while the API exposes coroutines for interacting with multiprocessing APIs, internally they are almost always being delegated to a ThreadPoolExecutor, this means the caveats that apply with using ThreadPoolExecutor with asyncio apply: namely, you won't be able to cancel any of the coroutines, because the work being done in the worker thread can't be interrupted.

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