# Vert.x 2.x is **deprecated** - use instead
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Vert.x 2.x is deprecated - use instead http://vertx.io/docs/vertx-rx/java/


Vert.x module which uses RxJava to add support for Reactive Extensions (RX) using the RxJava library. This allows VertX developers to use the RxJava type-safe composable API to build VertX verticles.


  • The module wraps the VertX core objects to add Observable support so it is tightly bound to the VertX release.
  • This module also contains the Netflix RxJava library.


Currently Observable wrappers are provided for

  • EventBus
  • HttpServer
  • HttpClient
  • NetServer
  • NetClient
  • Timer

There are also base Observable adapters that map Handler and AsyncResultHandler to Observable that can be used to call other Handler based APIs.

Support coming soon for

  • FileSystem
  • SockJSServer


This is a non-runnable module, which means you add it to your module via the "includes" attribute of mod.json.

All standard API methods of the form

void method(args...,Handler<T> handler)

are typically available in the form

Observable<T> method(args...)

where the operation is executed immediately or

Observable<T> observeMethod(args...)

where the operation is executed on subscribe. This latter form is the more 'pure' Rx method and should be used where possible (required to maintain semantics of concat eg)


RxEventBus rxEventBus = new RxEventBus(vertx.eventBus());
rxEventBus.<String>registerHandler("foo").subscribe(new Action1<RxMessage<String>>() {
  public void call(RxMessage<String> message) {
    // Send a single reply

Observable<RxMessage<String>> obs = rxEventBus.send("foo", "ping!");

  new Action1<RxMessage<String>>() {
    public void call(RxMessage<String> message) {
      // Handle response 
  new Action1<Throwable>() {
    public void call(Throwable err) {
     // Handle error


The standard RxJava schedulers are not compatible with VertX. In order to preserve the Vert.x Threading Model all callbacks to a Verticle must be made in the context of that Verticle instance.

RxVertx provides a custom Scheduler implementation that uses the Verticle context to scheduler timers and ensure callbacks run on the correct context.

In the following example the scheduler is used to run a Timer and then buffer the output.

Note: The RxVertx scheduler must always be used to observe results inside the Verticle. It is possible to use the other Schedulers (eg for blocking calls) as long as you always use observeOn to route the callbacks onto the Verticle EventLoop. For timers it is more efficient to just use the Vert.x scheduler

RxVertx rx = new RxVertx(vertx);
Observable o = (some observable source)

      .timer(10, 10, TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS, rx.contextScheduler())


The timer functions are provided via the RxVertx wrapper. The timer is set on-subscribe. To cancel a timer that has not first, or a periodic timer, just unsubscribe.

RxVertx rx = new RxVertx(vertx);
rx.setTimer(100).subscribe(new Action1<Long>() {
  public void call(Long t) {
    // Timer fired

The new Scheduler means you can use the native RxJava Timer methods - this Timer may be deprecated in future


The support class RxSupport provides several helper methods for some standard tasks


There are two primary wrappers

Observable RxSupport.toObservable(ReadStream)

Convert a ReadStream into an Observable<Buffer>


Stream the output of an Observable to a WriteStream.

please note that this method does not handle writeQueueFull so cannot be used as a pump