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async or threaded file downloads in python 3.x

Capturing here some nice examples of using asyncio and threads to manage multiple file downloads in Python 3.x. Go here for more in-depth discussion.

You could use a thread pool to download files in parallel:

 #!/usr/bin/env python3
from multiprocessing.dummy import Pool # use threads for I/O bound tasks
from urllib.request import urlretrieve

urls = [...]
result = Pool(4).map(urlretrieve, urls) # download 4 files at a time

You could also download several files at once in a single thread using asyncio:

 #!/usr/bin/env python3
import asyncio
import logging
from contextlib import closing
import aiohttp # $ pip install aiohttp

def download(url, session, semaphore, chunk_size=1<<15):
    with (yield from semaphore): # limit number of concurrent downloads
        filename = url2filename(url)
        logging.info('downloading %s', filename)
        response = yield from session.get(url)
        with closing(response), open(filename, 'wb') as file:
            while True: # save file
                chunk = yield from response.content.read(chunk_size)
                if not chunk:
        logging.info('done %s', filename)
    return filename, (response.status, tuple(response.headers.items()))

urls = [...]
logging.basicConfig(level=logging.INFO, format='%(asctime)s %(message)s')
with closing(asyncio.get_event_loop()) as loop, 
     closing(aiohttp.ClientSession()) as session:
    semaphore = asyncio.Semaphore(4)
    download_tasks = (download(url, session, semaphore) for url in urls)
    result = loop.run_until_complete(asyncio.gather(*download_tasks))