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public abstract @interface Transaction
implements Annotation

Marks a method in a Dao class as a transaction method.

When used on a non-abstract method of an abstract Dao class, the derived implementation of the method will execute the super method in a database transaction. All the parameters and return types are preserved. The transaction will be marked as successful unless an exception is thrown in the method body.


 public abstract class ProductDao {
     public abstract void insert(Product product);
     public abstract void delete(Product product);
     public void insertAndDeleteInTransaction(Product newProduct, Product oldProduct) {
         // Anything inside this method runs in a single transaction.

When used on a Query method that has a Select statement, the generated code for the Query will be run in a transaction. There are 2 main cases where you may want to do that:

  1. If the result of the query is fairly big, it is better to run it inside a transaction to receive a consistent result. Otherwise, if the query result does not fit into a single CursorWindow, the query result may be corrupted due to changes in the database in between cursor window swaps.
  2. If the result of the query is a Pojo with Relation fields, these fields are queried separately. To receive consistent results between these queries, you probably want to run them in a single transaction.
 class ProductWithReviews extends Product {
     @Relation(parentColumn = "id", entityColumn = "productId", entity = Review.class)
     public List<Review> reviews;
 public interface ProductDao {
     @Transaction @Query("SELECT * from products")
     public List<ProductWithReviews> loadAll();
If the query is an async query (e.g. returns a LiveData or RxJava Flowable, the transaction is properly handled when the query is run, not when the method is called.

Putting this annotation on an Insert, Update or Delete method has no impact because they are always run inside a transaction. Similarly, if it is annotated with Query but runs an update or delete statement, it is automatically wrapped in a transaction.


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