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Shard HttpClient Library to handle Requests

The Shard Download Library is an on .Net 6.0 based wrapper around the HttpClient to manage your HTTP requests. But it can also be used without the HttpClient to handle CPU intensive tasks. All Requests will be handled by an PriorityChannel in a Parallel asyncron state to have a simple and efficient way to handle many (tested with more than 1000) HTTP Requests.

  • Easy to use!
  • Efficient
  • ✨ Contains file downloader! ✨


At the moment:

  • StatusRequest: Calls a Head request and returns a response message with the header information.
  • OwnRequest: Wrapper around your own requests. Easy to self-expand function of handling the downloads.
  • RequestContainer: A container class to merge requests together and to start, pause and await them.
  • Request: Main abstract class that can be used to expand functionality on class-based level.
    • All subclasses have a retry function
    • A completed and failed event
    • A priority function
    • A second thread for bigger files to hold the app responsive
    • Delegates to notify when Request failed, completed, or canceled
    • Implementation for custom CancellationToken and a main CancellationTokenSource on Downloader to cancel all downloads
  • LoadRequest: To download the response content into files.
    • This is an HTTP file downloader with these functions:
    • Pause and Start a download
    • Resume a download
    • Get the file name and extension from the server
    • Timeout function
    • Monitor the progress of the download with IProgress<float>
    • Can set path and filename
    • Download a specified range of a file
    • Download a file into chunks
    • Exclude extensions for safety (.exe; .bat.; etc...)

Expand and use as you like!


It is available on GitHub: Repository:


Installation over NuGet Package manager in Visual Studio or online. URL: Package Manager Console: PM> NuGet\Install-Package Shard.DonwloadLibrary

How to use

Import the Library.

using DownloaderLibrary.Requests;

Then create a new Request object like this LoadRequest. This LoadRequest downloads a file into the download's folder of the PC with a ".part" file and uses the name that the server provides.

//To download a file and store it in "Downloads" folder
new LoadRequest("[Your URL]"); // e.g.

To set options on the Request create a RequestOption or for a LoadRequest a LoadRequestOption.

// Create an option for a LoadRequest
  LoadRequestOptions requestOptions = new()
            // Sets the filename of the download without the extension
            // The extension will be added automatically!
            FileName = "downloadfile", 
            // If this download has priority (default is false)
            PriorityLevel = PriorityLevel.High, 
            //(default is download folder)
            Path = "C:\\Users\\[Your Username]\\Desktop", 
            // If this Request contains a heavy request put it in second thread (default is false)
            IsDownload = true,
            //If the downloader should Override, Create a new file or Append (default is Append)
            //Resume function only available with append!
            Mode = LoadMode.Create, 
            // Progress that writes the % to the Console
            Progress = new Progress<float>(f => Console.WriteLine((f).ToString("0.0%"))),
            //Chunk a file to download faster
            Chunks = 3

And use it in the request.

//To download a file and store it on the Desktop with a different name
new LoadRequest("",requestOptions);

To wait on the request, use await or WaitToFinish();.

await new LoadRequest("",requestOptions).Task;
//new LoadRequest("",requestOptions).WaitToFinish();

Create an OwnRequest like this:

    //Create an object that passes a CancellationToken
   new OwnRequest((downloadToken) =>
            //Create your request Message. Here the body of
            HttpRequestMessage requestMessage = new(HttpMethod.Get, "");
            //Send your request and get the result. Pass the CancellationToken for handling it later over the Request object
            var response = DownloadHandler.Instance.SendAsync(requestMessage, downloadToken).Result;
            //If the response does not succeed
            if (!response.IsSuccessStatusCode)
                return false; // Return false to retry and call the failed method
            //If the response succeed. Do what you want and return to to finish the request
            return true;

To create your own Request child. Here is the implementation of the OwnRequest class:

    public class OwnRequest : Request
        private readonly Func<CancellationToken, Task<bool>> _own;
        //Parent sets the URL field but doesn't need it and doesn't require a RequestOption because it creates then a new one.
        //But to use the options it have to be passed over to the parent
        public OwnRequest(Func<CancellationToken, Task<bool>> own, RequestOptions? requestOptions = null) : base(string.Empty, requestOptions)
            _own = own;
            //Has to be called to inject it into the management process
        // Here will the Request be handled and a bool returned that indicates if it succeed
        protected override async Task<bool> RunRequestAsync()
            bool result = await _own.Invoke(Token);
            if (result)
                Options.FaultedAction?.Invoke(new HttpResponseMessage());
            return result;



Free Code and Free to Use

Have fun!
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Version Downloads Last updated 909 1/25/2023
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1.0.2 825 9/30/2022

Updated retrun Actions to delegates
Implements now RequestCancelled delegate