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RxSwift: ReactiveX for Swift

Build Status platforms pod Carthage compatible Swift Package Manager compatible

Rx is a generic abstraction of computation expressed through Observable<Element> interface.

This is a Swift version of Rx.

It tries to port as many concepts from the original version as possible, but some concepts were adapted for more pleasant and performant integration with iOS/macOS environment.

Cross platform documentation can be found on ReactiveX.io.

Like the original Rx, its intention is to enable easy composition of asynchronous operations and event/data streams.

KVO observing, async operations and streams are all unified under [abstraction of sequence](Documentation/GettingStarted.md#observables-aka-sequences). This is the reason why Rx is so simple, elegant and powerful.

I came here because I want to ...

... understand
  • [why use rx?](Documentation/Why.md)
  • [the basics, getting started with RxSwift](Documentation/GettingStarted.md)
  • [traits](Documentation/Traits.md) - what are Single, Completable, Maybe, Driver, and ControlProperty ... and why do they exist?
  • [testing](Documentation/UnitTests.md)
  • [tips and common errors](Documentation/Tips.md)
  • [debugging](Documentation/GettingStarted.md#debugging)
  • [the math behind Rx](Documentation/MathBehindRx.md)
  • [what are hot and cold observable sequences?](Documentation/HotAndColdObservables.md)
... install
... hack around
  • with the example app. [Running Example App](Documentation/ExampleApp.md)
  • with operators in playgrounds. [Playgrounds](Documentation/Playgrounds.md)
... interact
  • All of this is great, but it would be nice to talk with other people using RxSwift and exchange experiences. Join Slack Channel
  • Report a problem using the library. [Open an Issue With Bug Template](.github/ISSUE_TEMPLATE.md)
  • Request a new feature. [Open an Issue With Feature Request Template](Documentation/NewFeatureRequestTemplate.md)
  • Help out [Check out contribution guide](CONTRIBUTING.md)
... compare
  • [with other libraries](Documentation/ComparisonWithOtherLibraries.md).
... understand the structure

RxSwift comprises five separate components depending on each other in the following way:

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β”‚   RxCocoa    β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β–Ά   RxRelay    β”‚
β””β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”¬β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜    β””β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”¬β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜
        β”‚                  β”‚        
β”‚             RxSwift              β”‚
        β”‚                  β”‚        
β”Œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”΄β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”    β”Œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”΄β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”
β”‚    RxTest    β”‚    β”‚  RxBlocking  β”‚
β””β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜    β””β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜
  • RxSwift: The core of RxSwift, providing the Rx standard as (mostly) defined by ReactiveX. It has no other dependencies.
  • RxCocoa: Provides Cocoa-specific capabilities for general iOS/macOS/watchOS & tvOS app development, such as Shared Sequences, Traits, and much more. It depends on both RxSwift and RxRelay.
  • RxRelay: Provides PublishRelay, BehaviorRelay and ReplayRelay, three simple wrappers around Subjects. It depends on RxSwift.
  • RxTest and RxBlocking: Provides testing capabilities for Rx-based systems. It depends on RxSwift.
... find compatible
... see the broader vision
  • Does this exist for Android? RxJava
  • Where is all of this going, what is the future, what about reactive architectures, how do you design entire apps this way? Cycle.js - this is javascript, but RxJS is javascript version of Rx.


Here's an example In Action Define search for GitHub repositories ... let searchResults = searchBar.rx.text.orEmpty .throttle(.milliseconds(300), scheduler: MainScheduler.instance) .distinctUntilChanged() .flatMapLatest { query -> Observable<[Repository]> in if query.isEmpty { return .just([]) } return searchGitHub(query) .catchAndReturn([]) } .observe(on: MainScheduler.instance) ... then bind the results to your tableview searchResults .bind(to: tableView.rx.items(cellIdentifier: "Cell")) { (index, repository: Repository, cell) in cell.textLabel?.text = repository.name cell.detailTextLabel?.text = repository.url } .disposed(by: disposeBag)


  • Xcode 12.x
  • Swift 5.x

For Xcode 11 and below, use RxSwift 5.x.


RxSwift doesn't contain any external dependencies.

These are currently the supported installation options:


Open Rx.xcworkspace, choose RxExample and hit run. This method will build everything and run the sample app


# Podfile

target 'YOUR_TARGET_NAME' do
    pod 'RxSwift', '6.0.0-rc.2'
    pod 'RxCocoa', '6.0.0-rc.2'

# RxTest and RxBlocking make the most sense in the context of unit/integration tests
    pod 'RxBlocking', '6.0.0-rc.2'
    pod 'RxTest', '6.0.0-rc.2'

Replace YOUR_TARGET_NAME and then, in the Podfile directory, type:

$ pod install


Each release starting with RxSwift 6 includes *.xcframework framework binaries. Simply drag the needed framework binaries to your Frameworks, Libraries, and Embedded Content section under your target's General tab.


Add this to Cartfile

github "ReactiveX/RxSwift" "6.0.0-rc.2"
$ carthage update

Carthage as a Static Library

Carthage defaults to building RxSwift as a Dynamic Library.

If you wish to build RxSwift as a Static Library using Carthage you may use the script below to manually modify the framework type before building with Carthage:

carthage update RxSwift --platform iOS --no-build
sed -i -e 's/MACH_O_TYPE = mh_dylib/MACH_O_TYPE = staticlib/g' Carthage/Checkouts/RxSwift/Rx.xcodeproj/project.pbxproj
carthage build RxSwift --platform iOS

Swift Package Manager

Note: There is a critical cross-dependency bug affecting many projects including RxSwift in Swift Package Manager. We've filed a bug (SR-12303) in early 2020 but have eno answer yet. Your mileage may vary.

Create a Package.swift file.

// swift-tools-version:5.0

import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
  name: "RxTestProject",
  dependencies: [
    .package(url: "https://github.com/ReactiveX/RxSwift.git", .exact("6.0.0-rc.2"))
  targets: [
    .target(name: "RxTestProject", dependencies: ["RxSwift", "RxCocoa"])
$ swift build

To build or test a module with RxTest dependency, set TEST=1.

$ TEST=1 swift test

Manually using git submodules

  • Add RxSwift as a submodule
$ git submodule add git@github.com:ReactiveX/RxSwift.git
  • Drag Rx.xcodeproj into Project Navigator
  • Go to Project > Targets > Build Phases > Link Binary With Libraries, click + and select RxSwift, RxCocoa and RxRelay targets