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How to Get the Current Value of an RxJS Subject or Observable

Get the Current Value of an RxJS Observable — Daily Angular Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

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One of the most basic topics in frontend development is the proper use of RxJS which helps to synchronize our code. We do use Observables a lot in day-to-day life such as using backend service or communicating among different components. The basic thing which comes to mind is how we get the current value of the Observable.

I have found one of the best references in the Simon_Weaver Answer.

The general rule is you should only ever get a value out of an observable with subscribe()

(or async pipe if using Angular)

**BehaviorSubject: **As BehaviorSubject holds the previous value as soon as we subscribe to it, it will send previous values or the value with which it is initialized.

    selector: 'my-app',
    providers: [],
    template: `
    <h3>Accessing BehaviorSubject's Value</h3>

<input [(ngModel)]="currentValue" type="text">

current Value is: <b>{{currentValue}}</b>
export class AppComponent {
    subject = new BehaviorSubject('default');

get currentValue() {
        return this.subject.value;

set currentValue(v) {;

Approach: 1

The better approach is always to use subscribe to get a value out.

//emit 1,2,3,4,5

const source = of(1, 2, 3, 4, 5);

//take the first emitted value then complete

const example = source.pipe(take(1));

//output: 1

const subscribe = example.subscribe(val => console.log(val));


const source = from([1, 2, 3, 4, 5]);

//no arguments, emit first value

const example = source.pipe(first());

//output: "First value: 1"

const subscribe = example.subscribe(val => console.log(`First value: ${val}`));

The difference between these two beings first() will error if the stream has already been completed and take(1) will not emit any observables if the stream has completed or doesn't have a value immediately available.

Approach: 2

Instead of trying to access the value in your function, consider instead a function that creates a new Observable and doesn’t even subscribe to it!

By keeping everything as observables and using switchMap to make decisions you can create new observables that can themselves be the source of other observables.

bear$: Observable<string> = of('Beary');
lion$: Observable<string> = of('Liony');
zooOpen$: Observable<boolean> = of(true);

getZooReport() {

return$.pipe(switchMap(zooOpen => {

if (zooOpen) {

return combineLatest(this.bear$, this.lion$).pipe(map(([bear, lion] => {

// this is inside 'map' so return a regular string
                 return "Welcome to the zoo! Today we have a bear called ' + bear + ' and a lion called ' + lion;
      else {

// this is inside 'switchMap' so *must* return an observable
         return of('Sorry the zoo is closed today!');


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