Task.Delay Task.Delay Task.Delay Task.Delay Method

Definition

Creates a task that will complete after a time delay.

Overloads

Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken)

Creates a cancellable task that completes after a specified time interval.

Delay(Int32, CancellationToken) Delay(Int32, CancellationToken) Delay(Int32, CancellationToken)

Creates a cancellable task that completes after a time delay.

Delay(Int32) Delay(Int32) Delay(Int32) Delay(Int32)

Creates a task that completes after a time delay.

Delay(TimeSpan) Delay(TimeSpan) Delay(TimeSpan) Delay(TimeSpan)

Creates a task that completes after a specified time interval.

Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken)

Creates a cancellable task that completes after a specified time interval.

public:
 static System::Threading::Tasks::Task ^ Delay(TimeSpan delay, System::Threading::CancellationToken cancellationToken);
public static System.Threading.Tasks.Task Delay (TimeSpan delay, System.Threading.CancellationToken cancellationToken);
static member Delay : TimeSpan * System.Threading.CancellationToken -> System.Threading.Tasks.Task
Parameters
delay
TimeSpan TimeSpan TimeSpan TimeSpan

The time span to wait before completing the returned task, or TimeSpan.FromMilliseconds(-1) to wait indefinitely.

cancellationToken
CancellationToken CancellationToken CancellationToken CancellationToken

The cancellation token that will be checked prior to completing the returned task.

Returns

A task that represents the time delay.

Exceptions

delay represents a negative time interval other than TimeSpan.FromMillseconds(-1).

-or-

The delay argument's TotalMilliseconds property is greater than MaxValue.

The provided cancellationToken has already been disposed.

Examples

The following example launches a task that includes a call to the Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) method with a one-and-a-half second delay. Before the delay interval elapses, the token is cancelled. The output from the example shows that, as a result, a TaskCanceledException is thrown, and the tasks' Status property is set to Canceled.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      CancellationTokenSource source = new CancellationTokenSource();

      var t = Task.Run(async delegate
              {
                 await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1.5), source.Token);
                 return 42;
              });
      source.Cancel();
      try {
         t.Wait();
      }
      catch (AggregateException ae) {
         foreach (var e in ae.InnerExceptions)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", e.GetType().Name, e.Message);
      }
      Console.Write("Task t Status: {0}", t.Status);
      if (t.Status == TaskStatus.RanToCompletion)
         Console.Write(", Result: {0}", t.Result);
      source.Dispose();
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       TaskCanceledException: A task was canceled.
//       Task t Status: Canceled
Imports System.Threading
Imports System.Threading.Tasks

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim source As New CancellationTokenSource()
      
      Dim t = Task.Run(Async Function()
                                Await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1.5),
                                                 source.Token)
                                Return 42
                       End Function)
      source.Cancel()
      Try
         t.Wait()
      Catch ae As AggregateException
         For Each e In ae.InnerExceptions
            Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", e.GetType().Name, e.Message)
         Next
      End Try
      Console.Write("Task t Status: {0}", t.Status)
      If t.Status = TaskStatus.RanToCompletion Then
         Console.Write(", Result: {0}", t.Result)
      End If
      source.Dispose()
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays output like the following:
'       TaskCanceledException: A task was canceled.
'       Task t Status: Canceled

Note that this example includes a potential race condition: it depends on the task asynchronously executing the delay when the token is cancelled. Although the 1.5 second delay from the call to the Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) method makes that assumption likely, it is nevertheless possible that the call to the Delay(TimeSpan, CancellationToken) method could return before the token is cancelled. In that case, the example produces the following output:

Task t Status: RanToCompletion, Result: 42  

Remarks

If the cancellation token is signaled before the specified time delay, a TaskCanceledException exception results, and the task is completed in the Canceled state. Otherwise, the task is completed in the RanToCompletion state once the specified time delay has elapsed.

For usage scenarios and additional examples, see the documentation for the Delay(Int32) overload.

This method depends on the system clock. This means that the time delay will approximately equal the resolution of the system clock if the delay argument is less than the resolution of the system clock, which is approximately 15 milliseconds on Windows systems.

Delay(Int32, CancellationToken) Delay(Int32, CancellationToken) Delay(Int32, CancellationToken)

Creates a cancellable task that completes after a time delay.

public:
 static System::Threading::Tasks::Task ^ Delay(int millisecondsDelay, System::Threading::CancellationToken cancellationToken);
public static System.Threading.Tasks.Task Delay (int millisecondsDelay, System.Threading.CancellationToken cancellationToken);
static member Delay : int * System.Threading.CancellationToken -> System.Threading.Tasks.Task
Parameters
millisecondsDelay
Int32 Int32 Int32 Int32

The number of milliseconds to wait before completing the returned task, or -1 to wait indefinitely.

cancellationToken
CancellationToken CancellationToken CancellationToken CancellationToken

The cancellation token that will be checked prior to completing the returned task.

Returns

A task that represents the time delay.

Exceptions

The provided cancellationToken has already been disposed.

Examples

The following example launches a task that includes a call to the Delay(Int32, CancellationToken) method with a one second delay. Before the delay interval elapses, the token is cancelled. The output from the example shows that, as a result, a TaskCanceledException is thrown, and the tasks' Status property is set to Canceled.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      CancellationTokenSource source = new CancellationTokenSource();

      var t = Task.Run(async delegate
              {
                 await Task.Delay(1000, source.Token);
                 return 42;
              });
      source.Cancel();
      try {
         t.Wait();
      }
      catch (AggregateException ae) {
         foreach (var e in ae.InnerExceptions)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", e.GetType().Name, e.Message);
      }
      Console.Write("Task t Status: {0}", t.Status);
      if (t.Status == TaskStatus.RanToCompletion)
         Console.Write(", Result: {0}", t.Result);
      source.Dispose();
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       TaskCanceledException: A task was canceled.
//       Task t Status: Canceled
Imports System.Threading
Imports System.Threading.Tasks

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim source As New CancellationTokenSource()
      
      Dim t = Task.Run(Async Function()
                                Await Task.Delay(1000, source.Token)
                                Return 42
                       End Function)
      source.Cancel()
      Try
         t.Wait()
      Catch ae As AggregateException
         For Each e In ae.InnerExceptions
            Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", e.GetType().Name, e.Message)
         Next
      End Try
      Console.Write("Task t Status: {0}", t.Status)
      If t.Status = TaskStatus.RanToCompletion Then
         Console.Write(", Result: {0}", t.Result)
      End If
      source.Dispose()
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       TaskCanceledException: A task was canceled.
'       Task t Status: Canceled

Remarks

If the cancellation token is signaled before the specified time delay, a TaskCanceledException exception results, and the task is completed in the Canceled state. Otherwise, the task is completed in the RanToCompletion state once the specified time delay has elapsed.

For usage scenarios and additional examples, see the documentation for the Delay(Int32) overload.

This method depends on the system clock. This means that the time delay will approximately equal the resolution of the system clock if the millisecondsDelay argument is less than the resolution of the system clock, which is approximately 15 milliseconds on Windows systems.

Delay(Int32) Delay(Int32) Delay(Int32) Delay(Int32)

Creates a task that completes after a time delay.

public:
 static System::Threading::Tasks::Task ^ Delay(int millisecondsDelay);
public static System.Threading.Tasks.Task Delay (int millisecondsDelay);
static member Delay : int -> System.Threading.Tasks.Task
Public Shared Function Delay (millisecondsDelay As Integer) As Task
Parameters
millisecondsDelay
Int32 Int32 Int32 Int32

The number of milliseconds to wait before completing the returned task, or -1 to wait indefinitely.

Returns

A task that represents the time delay.

Exceptions

Examples

The following example shows a simple use of the Delay method.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      var t = Task.Run(async delegate
              {
                 await Task.Delay(1000);
                 return 42;
              });
      t.Wait();
      Console.WriteLine("Task t Status: {0}, Result: {1}",
                        t.Status, t.Result);
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//        Task t Status: RanToCompletion, Result: 42
Imports System.Threading.Tasks

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim t = Task.Run(Async Function()
                                Await Task.Delay(1000)
                                Return 42
                       End Function)
      t.Wait()
      Console.WriteLine("Task t Status: {0}, Result: {1}",
                        t.Status, t.Result)
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Task t Status: RanToCompletion, Result: 42

Remarks

The Delay method is typically used to delay the operation of all or part of a task for a specified time interval. Most commonly, the time delay is introduced:

  • At the beginning of the task, as the following example shows.

    Stopwatch sw = Stopwatch.StartNew();
    var delay = Task.Delay(1000).ContinueWith(_ =>
                               { sw.Stop();
                                 return sw.ElapsedMilliseconds; } );
    
    Console.WriteLine("Elapsed milliseconds: {0}", delay.Result);
    // The example displays output like the following:
    //        Elapsed milliseconds: 1013
    
    Dim sw As Stopwatch = Stopwatch.StartNew()
    Dim delay1 = Task.Delay(1000)
    Dim delay2 = delay1.ContinueWith( Function(antecedent)
                            sw.Stop()
                            Return sw.ElapsedMilliseconds
                          End Function)
    
    Console.WriteLine("Elapsed milliseconds: {0}", delay2.Result)
    ' The example displays output like the following:
    '        Elapsed milliseconds: 1013
    
  • Sometime while the task is executing. In this case, the call to the Delay method executes as a child task within a task, as the following example shows. Note that since the task that calls the Delay method executes asynchronously, the parent task must wait for it to complete by using the await keyword.

    var delay = Task.Run( async () => { Stopwatch sw = Stopwatch.StartNew();
                                        await Task.Delay(2500);
                                        sw.Stop();
                                        return sw.ElapsedMilliseconds; });
    
    Console.WriteLine("Elapsed milliseconds: {0}", delay.Result);
    // The example displays output like the following:
    //        Elapsed milliseconds: 2501
    
    Dim delay = Task.Run( Async Function()
                             Dim sw As Stopwatch = Stopwatch.StartNew()
                             Await Task.Delay(2500)
                             sw.Stop()
                             Return sw.ElapsedMilliseconds
                          End Function )
    
    Console.WriteLine("Elapsed milliseconds: {0}", delay.Result)
    ' The example displays output like the following:
    '        Elapsed milliseconds: 2501
    

After the specified time delay, the task is completed in the RanToCompletion state.

This method depends on the system clock. This means that the time delay will approximately equal the resolution of the system clock if the millisecondsDelay argument is less than the resolution of the system clock, which is approximately 15 milliseconds on Windows systems.

Delay(TimeSpan) Delay(TimeSpan) Delay(TimeSpan) Delay(TimeSpan)

Creates a task that completes after a specified time interval.

public:
 static System::Threading::Tasks::Task ^ Delay(TimeSpan delay);
public static System.Threading.Tasks.Task Delay (TimeSpan delay);
static member Delay : TimeSpan -> System.Threading.Tasks.Task
Public Shared Function Delay (delay As TimeSpan) As Task
Parameters
delay
TimeSpan TimeSpan TimeSpan TimeSpan

The time span to wait before completing the returned task, or TimeSpan.FromMilliseconds(-1) to wait indefinitely.

Returns

A task that represents the time delay.

Exceptions

delay represents a negative time interval other than TimeSpan.FromMillseconds(-1).

-or-

The delay argument's TotalMilliseconds property is greater than MaxValue.

Examples

The following example shows a simple use of the Delay method.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      var t = Task.Run(async delegate
              {
                 await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1.5));
                 return 42;
              });
      t.Wait();
      Console.WriteLine("Task t Status: {0}, Result: {1}",
                        t.Status, t.Result);
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//        Task t Status: RanToCompletion, Result: 42
Imports System.Threading.Tasks

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim t = Task.Run(Async Function()
                                Await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1.5))
                                Return 42
                       End Function)
      t.Wait()
      Console.WriteLine("Task t Status: {0}, Result: {1}",
                        t.Status, t.Result)
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Task t Status: RanToCompletion, Result: 42

Remarks

After the specified time delay, the task is completed in RanToCompletion state.

For usage scenarios and additional examples, see the documentation for the Delay(Int32) overload.

This method depends on the system clock. This means that the time delay will approximately equal the resolution of the system clock if the delay argument is less than the resolution of the system clock, which is approximately 15 milliseconds on Windows systems.

Applies to