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android asynctask sending callbacks to ui

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I have the following asynctask class which is not inside the activity. In the activity I’m initializing the asynctask, and I want the asynctask to report callbacks back to my activity.
Is it possible? Or does the asynctask must be in the same class file as the activity?

protected void onProgressUpdate(Integer... values) 

Something like this?

How to&Answers:

You can create an interface, pass it to AsyncTask (in constructor), and then call method in onPostExecute()

For example:

Your interface:

public interface OnTaskCompleted{
    void onTaskCompleted();

Your Activity:

public class YourActivity implements OnTaskCompleted{
    // your Activity

And your AsyncTask:

public class YourTask extends AsyncTask<Object,Object,Object>{ //change Object to required type
    private OnTaskCompleted listener;

    public YourTask(OnTaskCompleted listener){

    // required methods

    protected void onPostExecute(Object o){
        // your stuff


Since this answer got quite popular, I want to add some things.

If you’re a new to Android development, AsyncTask is a fast way to make things work without blocking UI thread. It does solves some problems indeed, there is nothing wrong with how the class works itself. However, it brings some implications, such as:

  • Possibility of memory leaks. If you keep reference to your Activity, it will stay in memory even after user left the screen (or rotated the device).
  • AsyncTask is not delivering result to Activity if Activity was already destroyed. You have to add extra code to manage all this stuff or do you operations twice.
  • Convoluted code which does everything in Activity

When you feel that you matured enough to move on with Android, take a look at this article which, I think, is a better way to go for developing your Android apps with asynchronous operations.


I felt the below approach is very easy.

I have declared an interface for callback

public interface AsyncResponse {
    void processFinish(Object output);

Then created asynchronous Task for responding all type of parallel requests

 public class MyAsyncTask extends AsyncTask<Object, Object, Object> {

    public AsyncResponse delegate = null;//Call back interface

    public MyAsyncTask(AsyncResponse asyncResponse) {
        delegate = asyncResponse;//Assigning call back interfacethrough constructor

    protected Object doInBackground(Object... params) {

    //My Background tasks are written here

      return {resutl Object}


    protected void onPostExecute(Object result) {


Then Called the asynchronous task when clicking a button in activity Class.

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        Button mbtnPress = (Button) findViewById(R.id.btnPress);

        mbtnPress.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(View v) {

                MyAsyncTask asyncTask =new MyAsyncTask(new AsyncResponse() {

                    public void processFinish(Object output) {
                        Log.d("Response From Asynchronous task:", (String) output);          
                        mbtnPress.setText((String) output);
                asyncTask.execute(new Object[] { "Youe request to aynchronous task class is giving here.." });




IN completion to above answers, you can also customize your fallbacks for each async call you do, so that each call to the generic ASYNC method will populate different data, depending on the onTaskDone stuff you put there.

  Main.FragmentCallback FC= new  Main.FragmentCallback(){
            public void onTaskDone(String results) {

                localText.setText(results); //example TextView

new API_CALL(this.getApplicationContext(), "GET",FC).execute("&Books=" + Main.Books + "&args=" + profile_id);

Remind: I used interface on the main activity thats where “Main” comes, like this:

public interface FragmentCallback {
    public void onTaskDone(String results);


My API post execute looks like this:

    protected void onPostExecute(String results) {

        Log.i("TASK Result", results);


The API constructor looks like this:

 class  API_CALL extends AsyncTask<String,Void,String>  {

    private Main.FragmentCallback mFragmentCallback;
    private Context act;
    private String method;

    public API_CALL(Context ctx, String api_method,Main.FragmentCallback fragmentCallback) {
        mFragmentCallback = fragmentCallback;



I will repeat what the others said, but will just try to make it simpler…

First, just create the Interface class

public interface PostTaskListener<K> {
    // K is the type of the result object of the async task 
    void onPostTask(K result);

Second, create the AsyncTask (which can be an inner static class of your activity or fragment) that uses the Interface, by including a concrete class. In the example, the PostTaskListener is parameterized with String, which means it expects a String class as a result of the async task.

public static class LoadData extends AsyncTask<Void, Void, String> {

    private PostTaskListener<String> postTaskListener;

    protected LoadData(PostTaskListener<String> postTaskListener){
        this.postTaskListener = postTaskListener;

    protected void onPostExecute(String result) {

        if (result != null && postTaskListener != null)

Finally, the part where your combine your logic. In your activity / fragment, create the PostTaskListener and pass it to the async task. Here is an example:

PostTaskListener<String> postTaskListener = new PostTaskListener<String>() {
    public void onPostTask(String result) {
        //Your post execution task code

// Create the async task and pass it the post task listener.
new LoadData(postTaskListener);