Reactive polling

Used to create a reactive data source, which works by periodically polling a non-reactive data source.

reactivePoll(intervalMillis, session, checkFunc, valueFunc)
Approximate number of milliseconds to wait between calls to checkFunc. This can be either a numeric value, or a function that returns a numeric value.
The user session to associate this file reader with, or NULL if none. If non-null, the reader will automatically stop when the session ends.
A relatively cheap function whose values over time will be tested for equality; inequality indicates that the underlying value has changed and needs to be invalidated and re-read using valueFunc. See Details.
A function that calculates the underlying value. See Details.

reactivePoll works by pairing a relatively cheap "check" function with a more expensive value retrieval function. The check function will be executed periodically and should always return a consistent value until the data changes. When the check function returns a different value, then the value retrieval function will be used to re-populate the data.

Note that the check function doesn't return TRUE or FALSE to indicate whether the underlying data has changed. Rather, the check function indicates change by returning a different value from the previous time it was called.

For example, reactivePoll is used to implement reactiveFileReader by pairing a check function that simply returns the last modified timestamp of a file, and a value retrieval function that actually reads the contents of the file.

As another example, one might read a relational database table reactively by using a check function that does SELECT MAX(timestamp) FROM table and a value retrieval function that does SELECT * FROM table.

The intervalMillis, checkFunc, and valueFunc functions will be executed in a reactive context; therefore, they may read reactive values and reactive expressions.


  • A reactive expression that returns the result of valueFunc, and invalidates when checkFunc changes.

See Also


  • reactivePoll
# Assume the existence of readTimestamp and readValue functions
shinyServer(function(input, output, session) {
  data <- reactivePoll(1000, session, readTimestamp, readValue)
  output$dataTable <- renderTable({
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