zip

signature: zip(observables: *): Observable

Description

TL;DR: After all observables emit, emit values as an array

The zip operator will subscribe to all inner observables, waiting for each to emit a value. Once this occurs, all values with the corresponding index will be emitted. This will continue until at least one inner observable completes.


:bulb: Combined with interval or timer, zip can be used to time output from another source!


Examples

Example 1: zip multiple observables emitting at alternate intervals

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const sourceOne = Rx.Observable.of('Hello');
const sourceTwo = Rx.Observable.of('World!');
const sourceThree = Rx.Observable.of('Goodbye');
const sourceFour = Rx.Observable.of('World!');
//wait until all observables have emitted a value then emit all as an array
const example = Rx.Observable
  .zip(
    sourceOne,
    sourceTwo.delay(1000),
    sourceThree.delay(2000),
    sourceFour.delay(3000)
  );
//output: ["Hello", "World!", "Goodbye", "World!"]
const subscribe = example.subscribe(val => console.log(val));
Example 2: zip when 1 observable completes

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//emit every 1s
const interval = Rx.Observable.interval(1000);
//when one observable completes no more values will be emitted
const example = Rx.Observable
  .zip(
    interval,
    interval.take(2)
  );
//output: [0,0]...[1,1]
const subscribe = example.subscribe(val => console.log(val));

Additional Resources


:file_folder: Source Code: https://github.com/ReactiveX/rxjs/blob/master/src/operator/zip.ts

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