AsyncKeyedLock 6.3.4

dotnet add package AsyncKeyedLock --version 6.3.4
NuGet\Install-Package AsyncKeyedLock -Version 6.3.4
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<PackageReference Include="AsyncKeyedLock" Version="6.3.4" />
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paket add AsyncKeyedLock --version 6.3.4
#r "nuget: AsyncKeyedLock, 6.3.4"
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// Install AsyncKeyedLock as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=AsyncKeyedLock&version=6.3.4

// Install AsyncKeyedLock as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=AsyncKeyedLock&version=6.3.4

AsyncKeyedLock AsyncKeyedLock

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An asynchronous .NET Standard 2.0 library that allows you to lock based on a key (keyed semaphores), limiting concurrent threads sharing the same key to a specified number, with optional pooling for reducing memory allocations.

For example, suppose you were processing financial transactions, but while working on one account you wouldn't want to concurrently process a transaction for the same account. Of course, you could just add a normal lock, but then you can only process one transaction at a time. If you're processing a transaction for account A, you may want to also be processing a separate transaction for account B. That's where AsyncKeyedLock comes in: it allows you to lock but only if the key matches.

The library uses two very different methods for locking, AsyncKeyedLocker which uses an underlying ConcurrentDictionary that's cleaned up after use and StripedAsyncKeyedLocker which uses a technique called striped locking. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and in order to help you choose you are highly recommended to read about it in the wiki.

A simple non-keyed lock is also available through AsyncNonKeyedLocker.

Installation and usage

Using this library is straightforward. Here's a simple example for using AsyncKeyedLocker:

private static readonly AsyncKeyedLocker<string> _asyncKeyedLocker = new(o =>
    o.PoolSize = 20; // this is NOT a concurrency limit
    o.PoolInitialFill = 1;


using (await _asyncKeyedLocker.LockAsync("test123"))

For more help with AsyncKeyedLocker or for examples with StripedAsyncKeyedLocker or AsyncNonKeyedLocker (for simple, non-keyed locking), please take a look at our wiki.


This library has been extensively benchmarked against several other options and our benchmarks run publicly and transparently on Github Actions.


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Big (~25%) performance improvement when using pooled locking.