Vignesh Prabhu

Vignesh Prabhu

Android Work Manager -  Chain Request

Android Work Manager - Chain Request

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Vignesh Prabhu

Published on Jun 12, 2021

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This blog article discusses about work manager with chain requests

First we will understand how to make worker's output available to next one


As we have seen in early article ( Android Work Manager Basics ) ,

  • doWork method will return Result and here we are interested in Result.success().
  • This Result.success() will takeData` as parameter


  • A set of key/value pairs used as input and output for workers
  • Keys are always string
  • Values can be String , Primitive Data types and their array variants
  • This is a light weight container which can take upto 10kb of data
  • This will throw IllegalStateException if it crosses the 10kb of data.

For Ex: Worker 2 will take output of Worker 1 to complete the work assigned.

Adding Data to Result

  • As we have already seen Data needs to be passed to Result.success() for next worker.
  • This can be done by using the method workDataOf()


  • converts the list of pair object to Data object as below
// key 
const val TOTAL_COUNT = "total_count"
// value
val total = 100

val output = workDataOf(TOTAL_COUNT to total)

We will learn the work manger chain tequest by 2 workers

  • Worker 1 - making the work manager to sumup the numbers from 1 to 10 with 2 secs delay for each addition
  • Worker 2 - take the output of worker 1 (sum of 1 to 10) and multiply with 1256 with a delay of 3 secs.

The basic work manager setup can be found at ( Android Work Manager Basics )

Adding Worker's output to Result.success()

        // return is result based on the total
        return if (total > 0) {
            Log.d("SimpleAddWorker", "Success and total is $total")
            val totalAddData = workDataOf(OUTPUT_TOTAL_ADD_WORKER to total)
        } else {
            Log.d("SimpleAddWorker", "Failure and total is $total")

In the above code , as already discussed we have created Data object by using workDataOf() method.

val totalAddData = workDataOf(OUTPUT_TOTAL_ADD_WORKER to total)

and then add the Data object to Result.suucess()


Create a multiply worker

    Log.d("SimpleAddWorker", "Thread : Multiply -> ${Thread.currentThread().name}")
    // get the total from Add worker
    val addTotal = inputData.getInt(OUTPUT_TOTAL_ADD_WORKER, 0)
    // put thread to sleep for 3 secs
    val multiTotal = addTotal * 1256;
    return if (multiTotal > 0) {
       val grandTotal = workDataOf(OUTPUT_MULTI_WORKER to multiTotal)
        Log.d("SimpleAddWorker", "Grand Total : $multiTotal.")
    } else {

In the above code

  • get the output of worker1 using inputData to respective data type
  • use the worker 1 output for calculation
  • based on total we can return respective Result

Chaining the Work Request

  // call the work manager to begin the task by using the OneTimeWorkRequest
  val addWorker = OneTimeWorkRequestBuilder<SimpleAddWorker>().build()
  val multiWorker = OneTimeWorkRequestBuilder<MultiplyWorker>().build()

In the above code ,

  • create a individual work request for each worker
  • pass the first work request you want to WorkManagerusing thebeginWith()`

beginWith() - begins a chain of one or more work request which can be enqueue together

  • pass the second work request using the then()

then() - Adds a new work request based on the successful completion of previous work request

  • As simply put , next we can enqueue the work request using WorkContinuation

Output :

D/SimpleAddWorker: Thread : main
D/SimpleAddWorker: Thread : Add -> pool-1-thread-1
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 1 by adding 1
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 3 by adding 2
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 6 by adding 3
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 10 by adding 4
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 15 by adding 5
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 21 by adding 6
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 28 by adding 7
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 36 by adding 8
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 45 by adding 9
D/SimpleAddWorker: adding : 55 by adding 10
D/SimpleAddWorker: Success and total is 55
I/WM-WorkerWrapper: Worker result SUCCESS for Work [ id=69adb0c7-8759-4bad-87a3-4efa17fb30a0, tags={ com.vpdevs.chainworkrequestwm.workers.SimpleAddWorker } ]
D/SimpleAddWorker: Thread : Multiply -> pool-1-thread-2
D/SimpleAddWorker: Grand Total : 69080

The sample code for the above can be found at

In the next article , we will discuss about the UI update using ViewModel

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