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Kotlin multiplatform implementation of Reactive Extensions.

Should you have any questions or feedback welcome to the Kotlin Slack channel: #reaktive


Recommended minimum Gradle version is 5.3. Please read first the documentation about metadata publishing mode.

Add Bintray repository into your root build.gradle file:

repositories {
    maven {
        url  ""

There are a number of modules published:

  • reaktive - the main Reaktive library (multiplatform)
  • reaktive-annotations - collection of annotations (mutiplatform)
  • reaktive-testing - testing utilities (multiplatform)
  • utils - some utilities like Clock, AtomicReference, Lock, etc. (multiplatform)
  • coroutines-interop - Kotlin coroutines interoperability helpers (multiplatform)
  • rxjava2-interop - RxJava2 interoperability helpers (JVM and Android)
  • rxjava3-interop - RxJava3 interoperability helpers (JVM and Android)

Multiplatform module publications

Kotlin common (root publication):

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>:<latest-version>'


implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-jvm:<latest-version>'

Android (debug and release):

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-android:<latest-version>'

iOS 32:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-ios32:<latest-version>'

iOS 64:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-ios64:<latest-version>'

iOS sim:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-iossim:<latest-version>'

macOS x64:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-macosx64:<latest-version>'

watchOS ARM32

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-watchosarm32:<latest-version>'

watchOS ARM64

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-watchosarm64:<latest-version>'

watchOS sim

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-watchossim:<latest-version>'

tvOS ARM64

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-tvosarm64:<latest-version>'

tvOS sim

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-tvossim:<latest-version>'


implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-js:<latest-version>'

Linux x64:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-linuxx64:<latest-version>'

Linux ARM 32 hfp:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>-linuxarm32hfp:<latest-version>'

Regular modules:

implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:<module-name>:<latest-version>'

Typical dependencies configuration for MPP module (metadata mode)

kotlin {
    sourceSets {
        commonMain {
            dependencies {
                implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:reaktive:<latest-version>'
                implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:reaktive-annotations:<latest-version>'
                implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:coroutines-interop:<latest-version>'

        commonTest {
            dependencies {
                implementation 'com.badoo.reaktive:reaktive-testing:<latest-version>'


  • Multiplatform: JVM, Android, iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, JavaScript, Linux X64, Linux ARM 32 hfp
  • Schedulers support:
    • computationScheduler - fixed thread pool equal to a number of cores
    • ioScheduler - unbound thread pool with caching policy
    • newThreadScheduler - creates a new thread for each unit of work
    • singleScheduler - executes tasks on a single shared background thread
    • trampolineScheduler - queues tasks and executes them on one of the participating threads
    • mainScheduler - executes tasks on main thread
  • True multithreading for Kotlin/Native (there are some limitations)
  • Thread local subscriptions without freezing for Kotlin/Native
  • Supported sources: Observable, Maybe, Single, Completable
  • Subjects: PublishSubject, BehaviorSubject, ReplaySubject, UnicastSubject
  • Interoperability with Kotlin Coroutines: conversions between coroutines (including Flow) and Reaktive
  • Interoperability with RxJava2 and RxJava3: conversion of sources between Reaktive and RxJava, ability to reuse RxJava's schedulers

Kotlin Native pitfalls

Kotlin Native memory model and concurrency are very special. In general shared mutable state between threads is not allowed. Since Reaktive supports multithreading in Kotlin Native, please read the following documents before using it:

Object detachment is relatively difficult to achieve and is very error-prone when the objects are created from outside and are not fully managed by the library. This is why Reaktive prefers frozen state. Here are some hints:

  • Any callback (and any captured objects) submitted to a Scheduler will be frozen
  • subscribeOn freezes both its upstream source and downstream observer, all the Disposables (upstream's and downstream's) are frozen as well, all the values (including errors) are not frozen by the operator
  • observeOn freezes only its downstream observer and all the values (including errors) passed through it, plus all the Disposables, upstream source is not frozen by the operator
  • Other operators that use scheduler (like debounce, timer, delay, etc.) behave same as observeOn in most of the cases

Thread local tricks to avoid freezing

Sometimes freezing is not acceptable, e.g. we might want to load some data in background and then update the UI. Obviously UI can not be frozen. With Reaktive it is possible to achieve such a behaviour in two ways:

Use threadLocal operator:

val values = mutableListOf<Any>()
var isFinished = false

observable<Any> { emitter ->
    // Background job
    .doOnBeforeNext { values += it } // Callback is not frozen, we can updated the mutable list
    .doOnBeforeFinally { isFinished = true } // Callback is not frozen, we can change the flag

Set isThreadLocal flag to true in subscribe operator:

val values = mutableListOf<Any>()
var isComplete = false

observable<Any> { emitter ->
    // Background job
        isThreadLocal = true,
        onNext = { values += it }, // Callback is not frozen, we can updated the mutable list
        onComplete = { isComplete = true } // Callback is not frozen, we can change the flag

In both cases subscription (subscribe call) must be performed on the Main thread.

Coroutines interop

Another important thing to keep in mind is the interop with coroutines provided by the coroutines-interop module. This also has a few important limitations:

  • Neither Job nor CoroutineContext can be frozen (until release of the multithreaded coroutines)
  • Because of the first limitation all xxxFromCoroutine {} builders in Kotlin/Native are executed inside a runBlocking block and should be subscribed on a background Scheduler
  • Ktor does not work well in multithreaded environment in Kotlin/Native (it may crash), so please don't mix Ktor and coroutines-interop
  • Converters Scheduler.asCoroutineDispatcher() and CoroutineContext.asScheduler() are available only in JVM and JS

Consider the following example for corutines-interop:

singleFromCoroutine {
     * This block will be executed inside `runBlocking` in Kotlin/Native.
     * Please avoid using Ktor here, it may crash.
    .subscribe { /* Get the result here */ }

We recommend to avoid using Ktor in Kotlin/Native multithreaded environment until multithreaded coroutines, but if you really need consider the following function:

fun <T> singleFromCoroutineUnsafe(mainContext: CoroutineContext, block: suspend CoroutineScope.() -> T): Single<T> =
    single { emitter ->
            .launch(mainContext) {
                try {
                } catch (e: Throwable) {

Now you can use this function together with Ktor but make sure you are doing this always on Main thread, neither subscribeOn nor observeOn nor any other thread switch are allowed.

Subscription management with DisposableScope

Reaktive provides an easy way to manage subscriptions: DisposableScope.

Take a look at the following examples:

val scope =
    disposableScope {
        observable.subscribeScoped(...) // Subscription will be disposed when the scope is disposed

        doOnDispose {
            // Will be called when the scope is disposed

        someDisposable.scope() // `someDisposable` will be disposed when the scope is disposed

// At some point later
class MyPresenter(
    private val view: MyView,
    private val longRunningAction: Completable
) : DisposableScope by DisposableScope() {

    init {
        doOnDispose {
            // Will be called when the presenter is disposed

    fun load() {

        // Subscription will be disposed when the presenter is disposed
        longRunningAction.subscribeScoped(onComplete = view::hideProgressBar)

class MyActivity : AppCompatActivity(), DisposableScope by DisposableScope() {
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {


    override fun onDestroy() {


Sharing Reaktive streams with iOS Swift

Unlike coroutines Reaktive streams can be directly used from Swift. But since generics for interfaces are not exported to Swift, Reaktive provides a workaround.

You can wrap any Reaktive stream into a Wrapper class:

class SharedDataSource {
    fun load(): SingleWrapper<String> =
        singleFromFunction { 
            // A long running operation
            "A result"

Now if you enable Objective-C generics you will be able to use it from Swift:

let dataSource = SharedDataSource()

let disposable = dataSource
    .subscribe(isThreadLocal: false, onSubscribe: nil, onError: nil) { (value: NSString) in print(value) }
    // At some point later

Wrappers are available for Observable, Single, Maybe and Completable.


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