Code Quality Rank: L5
Programming language: Swift
License: MIT License
Tags: Utility    
Latest version: v0.6.2

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Haven't you wished for try to sometimes try a little harder? Meet retry

To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.

The full test suite shows a variety of use cases.

Synchronous retry

NB: The sync retry is not good for use on the main thread (because it will block it if you're having delays, etc). For the main thread it's better considering retryAsync (more info below).

Default parameters - retry three times without any delay:

retry {
  ... do some throwing work ...

Catching the last error, and adding a defer block after all tries have finished - will keep trying maximum 10 times. You can use either of the final blocks or both:

retry (max: 10) {
  ... do some throwing work ...
.finalCatch {lastError in
  print("This simply won't happen. Failed with: \(lastError)")
.finalDefer {
  print("Finished trying")

Add 2 second delay between the retries:

retry (max: 5, retryStrategy: .delay(seconds: 2.0)) {
  ... do some throwing work ...

Implement any custom delay logic (below is multiplying the waiting time after each try):

retry (max: 5, retryStrategy: .custom {count, lastDelay in return (lastDelay ?? 1.0) * 2.0} ) {
  ... do some throwing work ...

Limit the number of retries based on any custom logic - if you return nil from your custom strategy, retry will stop trying:

retry (max: 5, retryStrategy: .custom {count,_ in return count > 3 ? nil : 0} ) {
  ... do some throwing work ...

Asynchronous retry

The syntax for retryAsync is exactly the same as for retry. The difference in behavior is if the first try fails retryAsync keeps trying asynchronously instead of blocking the current thread.


Retry is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "Retry"

Retry is also available through Swift Package Manager. To install, add https://github.com/icanzilb/Retry.git to your package manifest.

Since Retry is a swift3 library, you got to add this piece of code to your project's Podfile, to update your targets' swift language version:

post_install do |installer|
    installer.pods_project.targets.each do |target|
        target.build_configurations.each do |config|
            config.build_settings['SWIFT_VERSION'] = '3.0'
            config.build_settings['MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET'] = '10.10'


Marin Todorov, 2016-present

Inspired by the retry operator in https://github.com/RxSwiftCommunity/RxSwiftExt


Retry is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Retry README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.