Android APIs
public abstract class

AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter

extends Object
java.lang.Object
   ↳ android.content.AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter

Class Overview

An abstract implementation of a SyncAdapter that spawns a thread to invoke a sync operation. If a sync operation is already in progress when a sync request is received, an error will be returned to the new request and the existing request will be allowed to continue. However if there is no sync in progress then a thread will be spawned and onPerformSync(Account, Bundle, String, ContentProviderClient, SyncResult) will be invoked on that thread.

Syncs can be cancelled at any time by the framework. For example a sync that was not user-initiated and lasts longer than 30 minutes will be considered timed-out and cancelled. Similarly the framework will attempt to determine whether or not an adapter is making progress by monitoring its network activity over the course of a minute. If the network traffic over this window is close enough to zero the sync will be cancelled. You can also request the sync be cancelled via cancelSync(Account, String) or cancelSync(SyncRequest).

A sync is cancelled by issuing a interrupt() on the syncing thread. Either your code in onPerformSync(Account, Bundle, String, ContentProviderClient, SyncResult) must check interrupted(), or you you must override one of onSyncCanceled(Thread)/onSyncCanceled() (depending on whether or not your adapter supports syncing of multiple accounts in parallel). If your adapter does not respect the cancel issued by the framework you run the risk of your app's entire process being killed.

In order to be a sync adapter one must extend this class, provide implementations for the abstract methods and write a service that returns the result of getSyncAdapterBinder() in the service's onBind(android.content.Intent) when invoked with an intent with action android.content.SyncAdapter. This service must specify the following intent filter and metadata tags in its AndroidManifest.xml file

   <intent-filter>
     <action android:name="android.content.SyncAdapter" />
   </intent-filter>
   <meta-data android:name="android.content.SyncAdapter"
             android:resource="@xml/syncadapter" />
 
The android:resource attribute must point to a resource that looks like:
 <sync-adapter xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:contentAuthority="authority"
    android:accountType="accountType"
    android:userVisible="true|false"
    android:supportsUploading="true|false"
    android:allowParallelSyncs="true|false"
    android:isAlwaysSyncable="true|false"
    android:syncAdapterSettingsAction="ACTION_OF_SETTINGS_ACTIVITY"
 />
 
  • The android:contentAuthority and android:accountType attributes indicate which content authority and for which account types this sync adapter serves.
  • android:userVisible defaults to true and controls whether or not this sync adapter shows up in the Sync Settings screen.
  • android:supportsUploading defaults to true and if true an upload-only sync will be requested for all syncadapters associated with an authority whenever that authority's content provider does a notifyChange(android.net.Uri, android.database.ContentObserver, boolean) with syncToNetwork set to true.
  • android:allowParallelSyncs defaults to false and if true indicates that the sync adapter can handle syncs for multiple accounts at the same time. Otherwise the SyncManager will wait until the sync adapter is not in use before requesting that it sync an account's data.
  • android:isAlwaysSyncable defaults to false and if true tells the SyncManager to intialize the isSyncable state to 1 for that sync adapter for each account that is added.
  • android:syncAdapterSettingsAction defaults to null and if supplied it specifies an Intent action of an activity that can be used to adjust the sync adapter's sync settings. The activity must live in the same package as the sync adapter.

Summary

Constants
int LOG_SYNC_DETAILS This constant was deprecated in API level 9. Private constant. May go away in the next release.
Public Constructors
AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter(Context context, boolean autoInitialize)
AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter(Context context, boolean autoInitialize, boolean allowParallelSyncs)
Public Methods
Context getContext()
final IBinder getSyncAdapterBinder()
abstract void onPerformSync(Account account, Bundle extras, String authority, ContentProviderClient provider, SyncResult syncResult)
Perform a sync for this account.
void onSecurityException(Account account, Bundle extras, String authority, SyncResult syncResult)
Report that there was a security exception when opening the content provider prior to calling onPerformSync(Account, Bundle, String, ContentProviderClient, SyncResult).
void onSyncCanceled(Thread thread)
Indicates that a sync operation has been canceled.
void onSyncCanceled()
Indicates that a sync operation has been canceled.
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Inherited Methods
From class java.lang.Object

Constants

public static final int LOG_SYNC_DETAILS

Added in API level 5

This constant was deprecated in API level 9.
Private constant. May go away in the next release.

Kernel event log tag. Also listed in data/etc/event-log-tags.

Constant Value: 2743 (0x00000ab7)

Public Constructors

public AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter (Context context, boolean autoInitialize)

Added in API level 5

Creates an AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter.

Parameters
context the Context that this is running within.
autoInitialize if true then sync requests that have SYNC_EXTRAS_INITIALIZE set will be internally handled by AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter by calling setIsSyncable(android.accounts.Account, String, int) with 1 if it is currently set to <0.

public AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter (Context context, boolean autoInitialize, boolean allowParallelSyncs)

Added in API level 11

Creates an AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter.

Parameters
context the Context that this is running within.
autoInitialize if true then sync requests that have SYNC_EXTRAS_INITIALIZE set will be internally handled by AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter by calling setIsSyncable(android.accounts.Account, String, int) with 1 if it is currently set to <0.
allowParallelSyncs if true then allow syncs for different accounts to run at the same time, each in their own thread. This must be consistent with the setting in the SyncAdapter's configuration file.

Public Methods

public Context getContext ()

Added in API level 5

Returns
Context

public final IBinder getSyncAdapterBinder ()

Added in API level 5

Returns
IBinder a reference to the IBinder of the SyncAdapter service.

public abstract void onPerformSync (Account account, Bundle extras, String authority, ContentProviderClient provider, SyncResult syncResult)

Added in API level 5

Perform a sync for this account. SyncAdapter-specific parameters may be specified in extras, which is guaranteed to not be null. Invocations of this method are guaranteed to be serialized.

Parameters
account the account that should be synced
extras SyncAdapter-specific parameters
authority the authority of this sync request
provider a ContentProviderClient that points to the ContentProvider for this authority
syncResult SyncAdapter-specific parameters

public void onSecurityException (Account account, Bundle extras, String authority, SyncResult syncResult)

Added in API level 23

Report that there was a security exception when opening the content provider prior to calling onPerformSync(Account, Bundle, String, ContentProviderClient, SyncResult). This will be treated as a sync database failure.

Parameters
account the account that attempted to sync
extras SyncAdapter-specific parameters
authority the authority of the failed sync request
syncResult SyncAdapter-specific parameters

public void onSyncCanceled (Thread thread)

Added in API level 11

Indicates that a sync operation has been canceled. This will be invoked on a separate thread than the sync thread and so you must consider the multi-threaded implications of the work that you do in this method.

This will only be invoked when the SyncAdapter indicates that it does support parallel syncs.

Parameters
thread the Thread of the sync that is to be canceled.

public void onSyncCanceled ()

Added in API level 8

Indicates that a sync operation has been canceled. This will be invoked on a separate thread than the sync thread and so you must consider the multi-threaded implications of the work that you do in this method.

This will only be invoked when the SyncAdapter indicates that it doesn't support parallel syncs.