Daniel Escobedo

Redux-Saga External Event Listener

Redux-Saga External Event Listener

You can have redux-saga listen in on event sources other than the Redux Store. The default nature of redux-saga is pull based. We need to write a saga that is push based, so that the external event listener like an API can push updates to the saga.

You can achieve this by using the eventChannel factory function from redux-saga.

You can start off by writing your listener function that uses the eventChannel factory function within it. Here is an example of how your listener can look:

import { eventChannel, END } from 'redux-saga';

function externalSourceChannel() {
  return eventChannel((emit) => {
    externalSource().on('change', (data) => {
      // Example: If some condition is met, close the channel (returns the unsubscribe function)
      if (data.someValue === 'someOtherValue') {
    // This subscriber function must return an unsubscribe function
    return () => {

An example of how the saga would then maybe look would be something like this:

function* externalSourceListener() {
  const chan = yield call(externalSourceChannel);
  try {
    while (true) {
      const pushedData = yield take(chan);
      yield put(someActionHandler.success(pushedData));
  } catch (error) {
    yield put(someActionHandler.failure(error));

function* takeLatestExternalSourceListener() {
  const watcher = yield takeLatest(START_EXTERNAL_EVENT_LISTENER, externalSourceListener);

  // Suspend execution until location changes
  yield take(LOCATION_CHANGE);
  yield cancel(watcher);

You can find the eventChannel factory function documentation by clicking here.


Daniel Escobedo

I'm a JavaScript developer who loves to code. I'm always reading and learning new technologies and tools to better my skills and workflow.

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