outwatch / outwatch

The Functional and Reactive Web-Frontend Library for ScalaJS

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The Functional and Reactive Web-Frontend Library for ScalaJS

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import outwatch._
import outwatch.dsl._
import colibri._
import cats.effect.IO

object Main {
  def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = {
    val counter = Subject.behavior(0)
    val myComponent = div(
      button("+", onClick(counter.map(_ + 1)) --> counter),

    OutWatch.renderReplace[IO]("#app", myComponent).unsafeRunSync()

In Outwatch, you can describe your whole web application without doing any side effect - you only run your application when rendering it.

  • Write UI-components using pure functions
  • Manage state in a referentially transparent way using cats-effect
  • Built-in lightweight Observable and Subject types from colibri
  • Seamlessly works with existing reactive programming libraries: Monix, scala.rx
  • Low-boilerplate, many convenient helper functions
  • Built on top of snabbdom, a virtual dom library

You will find interactive examples and explanations in our documentation.




The quickest way to play with outwatch is to use our template.

Make sure that java, sbt, nodejs and yarn are installed.

sbt new outwatch/seed.g8

In your newly created project directory, run:

sbt dev

and point your browser to http://localhost:8080.

Manual setup

Add the scalajs and scalajs-bundler plugins to your project/plugins.sbt:

addSbtPlugin("org.scala-js" % "sbt-scalajs" % "1.x.x")
addSbtPlugin("ch.epfl.scala" % "sbt-scalajs-bundler" % "x.x.x")

Add the outwatch dependencies to your build.sbt:


resolvers += "jitpack" at "https://jitpack.io"
val outwatchVersion = "<latest git commit>"
libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "com.github.outwatch.outwatch" %%% "outwatch"      % outwatchVersion,
  // optional dependencies:
  "com.github.cornerman.colibri" %%% "colibri-monix" % outwatchVersion, // Monix
  "com.github.cornerman.colibri" %%% "colibri-rx"    % outwatchVersion, // Scala.rx
  "com.github.outwatch.outwatch" %%% "outwatch-util" % outwatchVersion, // Store, Websocket, Http

Bugs and Feedback

For bugs, questions and discussions please use GitHub Issues.


We adopted the Scala Code of Conduct. People are expected to follow it when discussing Outwatch on the Github page, Gitter channel, or other venues.


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


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