TaskExtensions.Unwrap Method (Task<Task>)


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Creates a proxy Task that represents the asynchronous operation of a TryExecuteTaskInline.

Namespace:   System.Threading.Tasks
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static Task Unwrap(
	this Task<Task> task


Type: System.Threading.Tasks.Task<Task>

The Task<Task> (C#) or Task (Of Task) (Visual Basic) to unwrap.

Return Value

Type: System.Threading.Tasks.Task

A Task that represents the asynchronous operation of the provided System.Threading.Tasks.Task(Of Task).

Exception Condition

The exception that is thrown if the task argument is null.

It is often useful to be able to return a Task from a Task<TResult>, where the inner Task represents work done as part of the outer Task<TResult>. However, doing so results in a Task<Task> (C#) or Task (Of Task) (Visual Basic), which, if not dealt with carefully, could produce unexpected behavior. Unwrap solves this problem by creating a proxy Task that represents the entire asynchronous operation of such a task.

The following example shows how to unwrap a task:

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

class UnWrapDemo
     // Demonstrated features:
        //		Task.Unwrap()
        // 		Task.Factory.StartNew()
        //		Task.ContinueWith()
        // Expected results:
        // 		Indicates that continuation chains can be set up virtually instantaneously using Unwrap(), and then left to run on their own.
        //      The results of the RemoteIncrement(0) chain and the RemoteIncrement(4) chain may be intermixed with each other.
        //		The results of the sequence that starts with RemoteIncrement(4) are in strict order.
        // Documentation:
        //		http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd781129(VS.100).aspx
        // More information:
        //		http://blogs.msdn.com/pfxteam/archive/2009/11/04/9917581.aspx
        // Other notes:
        //		The combination of Task<T>, ContinueWith() and Unwrap() can be particularly useful for setting up a chain of long-running
        //      tasks where each task uses the results of its predecessor.
        static void Main()
            // Invoking individual tasks is straightforward
            Task<int> t1 = RemoteIncrement(0);
            Console.WriteLine("Started RemoteIncrement(0)");

            // Chain together the results of (simulated) remote operations.
            // The use of Unwrap() instead of .Result below prevents this thread from blocking while setting up this continuation chain.
            Task<int> t2 = RemoteIncrement(4)
                .ContinueWith(t => RemoteIncrement(t.Result))			// RemoteIncrement() returns Task<int> so no unwrapping is needed for the first continuation.
                .Unwrap().ContinueWith(t => RemoteIncrement(t.Result))	// ContinueWith() returns Task<Task<int>>. Therefore unwrapping is needed.
                .Unwrap().ContinueWith(t => RemoteIncrement(t.Result))	// and on it goes...
            Console.WriteLine("Started RemoteIncrement(...(RemoteIncrement(RemoteIncrement(4))...)");

                Console.WriteLine("Finished RemoteIncrement(0)\n");

                Console.WriteLine("Finished RemoteIncrement(...(RemoteIncrement(RemoteIncrement(4))...)");
            catch (AggregateException e)
                Console.WriteLine("A task has thrown the following (unexpected) exception:\n{0}", e);

        // This method represents a remote API.
        static Task<int> RemoteIncrement(int n)
            return Task<int>.Factory.StartNew(
                (obj) =>
                    // Simulate a slow operation
                    Thread.Sleep(1 * 1000);

                    int x = (int)obj;
                    Console.WriteLine("Thread={0}, Next={1}", Thread.CurrentThread.ManagedThreadId, ++x);
                    return x;


Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 4.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 5.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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