A Beginner's Guide to Redux-Observable

A Beginner's Guide to Redux-Observable

This blog post originally appeared on LogRocket's Medium publication.

This blog post originally appeared on LogRocket's Medium publication.

Redux-Observable is a Redux middleware that allows you to filter and map actions using RxJS operators. RxJS operators like filter() and map() let you transform streams of actions just like how JavaScript's Array.prototype.filter() lets you transform arrays. In this article, I'll show you how to get started with redux-observable using scripts you can run from Node.js.

Your First Epic

In redux-observable, an "epic" is a function that takes a stream of actions and returns a modified stream of actions. You can think of an epic as a description of what additional actions redux-observable should dispatch. An epic is analogous to the concept of a "saga" in redux-saga.

Before you write your first epic, you need to install redux-observable. This article assumes you already have Node.js and npm installed. To install redux-observable along with redux and RxJS, run the below command.

npm install [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

The most fundamental function in the redux-observable API is the createEpicMiddleware() function. This function creates the actual Redux middleware you should pass to Redux's applyMiddleware() function. Below is an example of creating a middleware that transforms actions with type 'CLICK_INCREMENT' into actions with type 'INCREMENT'.

const { createEpicMiddleware } = require('redux-observable');
const { filter, map } = require('rxjs/operators');
const redux = require('redux');

// An 'epic' takes a single parameter, `action$`, which is an RxJS observable
// that represents the stream of all actions going through Redux
const countEpic = action$ => action$.pipe(
  filter(action => action.type === 'CLICK_INCREMENT'),
  map(action => {
    return { type: 'INCREMENT', amount: 1 };

const observableMiddleware = createEpicMiddleware();
const store = redux.createStore(reducer, redux.applyMiddleware(observableMiddleware));

// **Must** add the epic to the observable after calling `applyMiddleware()`.
// Otherwise you'll get a warning: "epicMiddleware.run(rootEpic) called before
// the middleware has been setup by redux. Provide the epicMiddleware instance
// to createStore() first"

// Sample Redux reducer
function reducer(state = 0, action) {
  console.log('Action', action);

  switch (action.type) {
    case 'INCREMENT':
      return state + action.amount;
      return state;


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