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A collection of reactive wrappers for various browser APIs.


This package provides factory functions which can be used to turn browser APIs into subscribable things. A subscribable thing can either be consumed directly with callback functions or by utilzing one of the popular libraries for reactive programming.


The subscribable-things package is published on npm and can be installed as usual.

npm install subscribable-things

It exports individual functions for each wrapped browser API which are described in greater detail below. They can either be used directly by providing a callback function ...

import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const subscribe = mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)');

const unsubscribe = subscribe((isMatching) => console.log(isMatching));


... or by utilizing a library for reactive programming like RxJS ...

import { from } from 'rxjs';
import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const mediaQueryMatch$ = from(mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)'));

const subscription = mediaQueryMatch$.subscribe((isMatching) => console.log(isMatching));


... or Callbags ...

import fromObs from 'callbag-from-obs';
import observe from 'callbag-observe';
import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const source = fromObs(mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)'));

observe((isMatching) => console.log(isMatching))(source);

... or XStream ...

import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';
import { fromObservable } from 'xstream';

const stream = fromObservable(mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)'));

const unsubscribe = stream.subscribe((isMatching) => console.log(isMatching));


... or Bacon.js ...

import { fromESObservable } from 'baconjs';
import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const eventStream = fromESObservable(mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)'));

const unsubscribe = eventStream.onValue((isMatching) => console.log(isMatching));


... or Kefir.js.

import { fromESObservable } from 'kefir';
import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const stream = fromESObservable(mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)'));

const subscription = stream.observe({
    value(isMatching) {


It is even possible to consume subscribable-things as an async iterable by taking the little detour over RxJS and rxjs-for-await.

import { eachValueFrom } from 'rxjs-for-await';
import { from } from 'rxjs';
import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const source$ = from(mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)'));

for await (const isMatching of eachValueFrom(source$)) {

Also it's possible to output values directly to HTML via hyperf.

import h from 'hyperf';
import { mediaQueryMatch } from 'subscribable-things';

const element = h`<div>is matching: ${mediaQueryMatch('(max-width:600px)')}</div>`;



function animationFrame(): SubscribableThing<number>;

This function wraps the requestAnimationFrame() method. It emits the current timestamp of each animation frame.

attribute(htmlElement, name)

function attribute(htmlElement: HTMLElement, name: string): TSubscribableThing<null | string>;

This function uses mutations() on the inside to emit the latest value of the attribute with the given name.


function geolocation(options?: PositionOptions): SubscribableThing<GeolocationPosition>;

This is a wrapper for the Geolocation API. It uses watchPosition() to gather the most recent GeolocationPosition whenever it changes.

intersections(htmlElement, [options])

function intersections(
    htmlElement: HTMLElement,
    options?: IntersectionObserverInit
): SubscribableThing<IntersectionObserverEntry[]>;

This function is a wrapper for the IntersectionObserver.


function mediaDevices(): SubscribableThing<MediaDeviceInfo[]>;

This function is a wrapper for the enumerateDevices() method of the Media Capture and Streams specification. It will also listen for the devicechange event to emit a fresh list of devices whenever they change.


function mediaQueryMatch(mediaQueryString: string): SubscribableThing<boolean>;

This function is a wrapper for the matchMedia() method. It will emit a new value whenever the result of matchMedia() changes.


function midiInputs(midiAccess: IMidiAccess): SubscribableThing<IMidiInput[]>;

This function returns the currently available MIDI input devices. It accepts a MIDIAccess object of the Web MIDI API.


function midiOutputs(midiAccess: IMidiAccess): SubscribableThing<IMidiOutput[]>;

This function returns the currently available MIDI output devices. It accepts a MIDIAccess object of the Web MIDI API.


function metrics(options: PerformanceObserverInit): SubscribableThing<PerformanceEntry[]>;

This function is a wrapper for the PerformanceObserver as defined by the Performance Timeline Level 2 specification.

mutations(htmlElement, options)

function mutations(
    htmlElement: HTMLElement,
    options: MutationObserverInit
): SubscribableThing<MutationRecord[]>;

This function is a wrapper for the MutationObserver.

on(target, type, [options])

function on(
    target: EventTarget,
    type: string,
    options?: boolean | AddEventListenerOptions
): SubscribableThing<Event>;

This function can be used to subscribe to events of a certain type dispatched from an EventTarget.


function online(): SubscribableThing<boolean>;

This function wraps the onLine property of the Navigator and listens for the corresponding 'online' and 'offline' events on the Window to emit updates.


function permissionState(
    permissionDescriptor: PermissionDescriptor
): SubscribableThing<PermissionState>;

This function is a wrapper for the query() method of the Permissions API. It will monitor the permission status to emit a new state whenever it gets updated.


function reports(options?: IReportingObserverOptions): SubscribableThing<IReport[]>;

This function is a wrapper for the ReportingObserver of the Reporting API.

resizes(htmlElement, [options])

function resizes(
    htmlElement: HTMLElement,
    options?: IResizesObserverOptions
): SubscribableThing<IResizeObserverEntry[]>;

This function is a wrapper for the ResizeObserver of the Resize Observer specification.


function unhandledRejection(coolingOffPeriod: number): SubscribableThing<any>;

This function emits unhandled rejections. It will listen for the unhandledrejection event to register possibly unhandled rejections. It will then wait for the cooling-off period to elapse before it emits the reason (aka the error) that caused the unhandled rejection. It is possible that a previously unhandled rejection gets handled later on in which case a rejectionhandled event will be fired. If that happens during the cooling-off period nothing will be emitted by this function.


function videoFrame(
    videoElement: HTMLVideoElement
): SubscribableThing<{ now: number } & IVideoFrameMetadata>;

This function wraps the requestVideoFrameCallback() method of the given HTMLVideoElement. It emits the current timestamp combined with the VideoFrameMetadata object.


function wakeLock(type: TWakeLockType): SubscribableThing<boolen>;

This function simplifies the usage of the Screen Wake Lock API. It emits true when a wake lock could be acquired and emits false once the wake lock gets released by the browser. As long as the subscription is alive it will continuosly try to get a new wake lock if the current one gets released.


There are two similar packages available which are based directly on RxJS. They are rx-use and rxjs-web.

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