pratsJ pratsJ - 14 days ago 4x
Android Question

Android correct way to use OKHTTP singleton for parallel queries with cookies

I am working on an android project in which I am planning to replace Apache httpclient implementation with OKHTTP client. I would like to know how I can create a global Client that can be used for networking requests in different activities and services that will use the multi-threading of client. Should I create a singleton object of OKHTTPClient and reuse it in my code?

Also, where should I add the cookiestore to the request, In the global definition of client so that I all requests will have cookie available or while forming the request in individual activity or service?


The general approach to using OkHttp is one OkHttp instance with one HttpResponseCache instance. Whether it needs to be created as a singleton depends on the requirements of your application. For example, the single instance of OkHttp can be created in a subclass of Android's Application.onCreate(), in which case it doesn't need to be a singleton if you make your Android app's subclass of the Application class a singleton.

Quote from their wiki:

"Most applications should call new OkHttp() exactly once, configure it with their cache, and use that same instance everywhere. "

Once you have created your OkHttp instance, you can use their setCookieHandler() API method to add a persistent cookie store, which will be used in all subsequent HTTP requests. See this SO answer for further details on implementing a cookiestore that works with OkHttp.