v0.9.1-rx2 (Apr 30, 2017)
Aug 10, 2015
Jun 15, 2017
Piotr Wittchen (pwittchen)
Piotr Wittchen (pwittchen)
Tushar Acharya (tushar-acharya)
Source code
APK file



ReactiveNetwork is an Android library listening network connection state and Internet connectivity with RxJava Observables. It's a successor of Network Events library rewritten with Reactive Programming approach. Library supports both new and legacy network monitoring strategies. Min sdk version = 9.

Current Branch Branch Artifact Id Build Status Coverage Maven Central
RxJava1.x reactivenetwork
☑️ RxJava2.x reactivenetwork-rx2

This is RxJava2.x branch. To see documentation for RxJava1.x, switch to RxJava1.x branch.

JavaDoc is available at:

Important note❗️: Since version 0.4.0, functionality releated to observing WiFi Access Points and WiFi singal strength (level) is removed in favor of ReactiveWiFi library. If you want to use this functionality, check ReactiveWiFi project.

If you want to see all changes in the public API, check release notes and JavaDoc.



Please note: Due to memory leak in WifiManager reported in issue 43945 in Android issue tracker it's recommended to use Application Context instead of Activity Context.

Observing network connectivity

We can observe Connectivity with observeNetworkConnectivity(context) method in the following way:

    ... // anything else what you can do with RxJava
    .subscribe(new Consumer<Connectivity>() {
      @Override public void accept(final Connectivity connectivity) {
        // do something with connectivity
        // you can call connectivity.getState();
        // connectivity.getType(); or connectivity.toString();

When Connectivity changes, subscriber will be notified. Connectivity can change its state or type.

We can react on a concrete state, states, type or types changes with the filter(...) method from RxJava, hasState(NetworkInfo.State... states) and hasType(int... types) methods located in ConnectivityPredicate class.

    .subscribe(new Consumer<Connectivity>() {
      @Override public void accept(final Connectivity connectivity) {
        // do something

observeNetworkConnectivity(context) checks only connectivity with the network (not Internet) as it's based on BroadcastReceiver for API 20 and lower and uses NetworkCallback for API 21 and higher. Concrete WiFi or mobile network may be connected to the Internet (and usually is), but it doesn't have to.

You can also use method:

Observable<Connectivity> observeNetworkConnectivity(Context context, NetworkObservingStrategy strategy)

This method allows you to apply your own network observing strategy and is used by the library under the hood to determine appropriate strategy depending on the version of Android system.

Connectivity class

Connectivity class is used by observeNetworkConnectivity(context) and observeNetworkConnectivity(context, networkObservingStrategy) methods. It has the following API:

Connectivity create()
Connectivity create(Context context)

NetworkInfo.State getState()
NetworkInfo.DetailedState getDetailedState()
int getType()
int getSubType()
boolean isAvailable()
boolean isFailover()
boolean isRoaming()
String getTypeName()
String getSubTypeName()
String getReason()
String getExtraInfo()

class Builder

Observing Internet connectivity

We can observe connectivity with the Internet in the following way:

        .subscribe(new Consumer<Connectivity>() {
          @Override public void accept(Boolean isConnectedToInternet) {
            // do something with isConnectedToInternet value

An Observable will return true to the subscription (disposable) if device is connected to the Internet and false if not.

Internet connectivity will be checked as soon as possible.

Please note: This method is less efficient than observeNetworkConnectivity(context) method, because it opens socket connection with remote host (default is every two seconds with two seconds of timeout and consumes data transfer. Use this method if you really need it. Optionally, you can dispose subscription (disposable) right after you get notification that Internet is available and do the work you want in order to decrease network calls.

Customization of observing Internet connectivity

Methods in this section should be used if they are really needed due to specific use cases.

If you want to specify your own custom details for checking Internet connectivity, you can use the following method:

Observable<Boolean> observeInternetConnectivity(int interval, String host, int port, int timeout)

It allows you to specify custom interval of checking connectivity in milliseconds, host, port and connection timeout in milliseconds.

You can also use the following method:

Observable<Boolean> observeInternetConnectivity(int initialIntervalInMs, int intervalInMs, String host, int port, int timeout)

It does the same thing as method above, but allows to define initial delay of the first Internet connectivity check. Default is equal to zero.

You can use method:

Observable<Boolean> observeInternetConnectivity(final int initialIntervalInMs, final int intervalInMs, final String host, final int port, final int timeoutInMs, final ErrorHandler errorHandler)

which allows you to define ErrorHandler implementation, which handle any errors which can occur during checking connectivity. By default library uses DefaultErrorHandler.

You can also use method:

Observable<Boolean> observeInternetConnectivity(final InternetObservingStrategy strategy, final int initialIntervalInMs, final int intervalInMs, final String host, final int port, final int timeoutInMs, final ErrorHandler errorHandler)

which allows you to implement ErrorHandler and InternetObservingStrategy in case you want to have your own strategy for monitoring connectivity with the Internet.

You can use method:

Observable<Boolean> observeInternetConnectivity(final InternetObservingStrategy strategy)

which allows you to implement custom InternetObservingStrategy in case you want to have your own strategy. Remaining settings will be default.

These methods are created to allow the users to fully customize the library and give them more control.

For more details check JavaDoc at:

ProGuard configuration

-dontwarn com.github.pwittchen.reactivenetwork.library.rx2.ReactiveNetwork
-dontwarn io.reactivex.functions.Function
-dontwarn rx.internal.util.**
-dontwarn sun.misc.Unsafe


Exemplary application is located in app directory of this repository.

If you want to know, how to use this library with Kotlin, check app-kotlin directory.


You can depend on the library through Maven:


or through Gradle:

dependencies {
  compile 'com.github.pwittchen:reactivenetwork-rx2:0.9.1'


Tests are available in library/src/test/java/ directory and can be executed on JVM without any emulator or Android device from Android Studio or CLI with the following command:

./gradlew test

To generate test coverage report, run the following command:

./gradlew test jacocoTestReport

Code style

Code style used in the project is called SquareAndroid from Java Code Styles repository by Square available at:

Static code analysis

Static code analysis runs Checkstyle, FindBugs, PMD and Lint. It can be executed with command:

./gradlew check

Reports from analysis are generated in library/build/reports/ directory.

Who is using this library?

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Getting help

Do you need help related to using or configuring this library?

You can do the following things:

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If you speak Spanish (Español), check out this tutorial: ReactiveNetwork - Como funciona y como se integra en una app made by Video Tutorials Android.


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