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An experimental set of helpers for Ember and RxJS


Via Bower:

bower install -S rx-ember



An Ember-CLI version of this project is now available and is the project development is primarily done on. The RxEmber project (this one) exists mostly to create a "global" build of rx-ember for non-Ember-CLI consumption.


RxEmber helpers are used to create and manipulate observables on an Ember object. This is generally done by creating computed properties that contain observables, and then chaining them together with other computed properties that return observables.

The most important helper, though, is RxEmber.helpers.bindTo.

Ember.bindTo will set up a subscription to the observable in the property whose name you supply. Because it sets up a subscription, that subscription needs to be "disposed" of. The disposal is wired up to happen on willDestroy of the object. RxEmber.helpers.bindTo is really meant to be used with Components. If you do use the RxEmber bindTo helper with other Ember Object types, you will need to ensure .destroy() is called on those objects.

Basic usage might look something like this:

var bindTo = Ember.helpers.bindTo;

App.MyClockComponent = Ember.Component.extend({
  times: Rx.Observable.interval(1000).map(function() {
        var d = new Date();
    return (d.getHours() % 12 || 12) + ':' + d.getMinutes() + ':' + 
        d.getSeconds() + ' ' + (d.getHours() >= 12 ? 'PM' : 'AM');

  time: bindTo('times')

And the template:

The time is: {{time}}

Helper methods

RxEmber features several helper methods for setting up properties that are Observables or making Actions or property changes into Observables.


As stated above, RxEmber.helpers.bindTo is probably the most important helper. What it does is:

  1. Subcribe to the observable in the property name provided.
  2. Schedule the emitted events on the Ember "action" queue.
  3. Manage that subscription (i.e. if the observable property changes, re-subscribe)
  4. Set up disposable of the subscription to occur upon destruction of the object.

As such, it is very important that all objects using the bindTo helper are destroyed.

It's recommended that RxEmber.bindTo() is used with Ember.Components! Ember components and views are destroyed when not rendered, and will automatically dispose of the subscriptions. Otherwise destroy() must be manually called.

var bindTo = RxEmber.helpers.bindTo;

App.FooBarComponent = Ember.Component.extend({
  // an observable to subscribe to
  foos: Rx.Observable.just('bar'),

  // a property that is bound to the output of our observable
  // on the property `foos`.
  foo: bindTo('foos'),

and the template:

This will say "bar": {{foo}}

RxEmber.helpers.observable() helper

Usually any observable input to your component or controller would come through a property that uses observable().

myInputProperty: RxEmber.helpers.observable(),

Why is this used?

One common issue when trying to develop Ember components that expect Observables to be supplied to them is that Observable inputs might change dynamically, and often they haven't be supplied yet at the point you're subscribing to them.

A way to get around this is by having a property that is an observable that switches to the latest observable supplied to it.

The code to duplicate the example above looks (somewhat) like this:

myInputProperty: function(key, value) {
  // Make sure there's a BehaviorSubject backing this thing.
  if(!this._myInputProperty) {
    this._myInputProperty = new Rx.BehaviorSubject();

  // if "setting" the observable, supply it to the subject
  if(arguments.length > 1) {

  // return a switched observable of the subject's values
  return this._myInputProperty.switch();

RxEmber.helper.action(propName) helper

RxEmber.helper.action can be used in conjunction with the observable() helper to convert any action in to an observable stream of inputs to your class.

// this is the observable we want to
// stream our action through
// Arguments are "nexted" in as an Array.
clickStream: RxEmber.helper.observable(),

actions: {
  // this is the action we'll wire up in the view.
    clicked: RxEmber.helper.action('clickStream'),

And here's the view:

<button {{action 'clicked'}}>click me</button>

From there you can of course write out values using the RxBindings mixin.

RxEmber.helpers.observableFrom(args) helper

RxEmber.helpers.observableFrom converts observed changes to a property on an Ember object into an Observable stream.

// the property we want to observe
foo: 0,

// an observable stream of changes to `foo`
foos: RxEmber.helper.observableFrom('foo'),



An Rx.Scheduler for scheduling an observable to emit as part of the Ember "actions" queue. The target is the Ember.Object to set as the target for the Ember.run.schedule('actions', target, fn) call.

RxEmber.schedulers.emberScheduler(queueName, target)

An Rx.Scheduler for scheduling an observable to emit as part of the any Ember run queue. The queueName is the name of the queue you want to schedule the observable to emit on (e.g. "afterRender" or "actions"). The target is the Ember.Object to set as the target for the Ember.run.schedule('actions', target, fn) call.