# Live Queries 🚀

New Feature

Live queries are a new feature introduced in version 0.18.

Our todo list app can have multiple users using it at the same time. However, changes made by one user are not seen by others unless they manually refresh the browser.

Let's add realtime multiplayer capabilities to this app.

# Realtime updated todo list

Let's switch from fetching Tasks once when the React component is loaded, and manually maintaining state for CRUD operations, to using a realtime updated live query subscription for both initial data fetching and subsequent state changes.

Adjust the onMounted hook in the App.tsx file




// src/App.vue

onMounted(() =>
        limit: 20,
        orderBy: { completed: "asc" }
        //where: { completed: true },
      .subscribe(info => (tasks.value = info.applyChanges(tasks.value)))

Let's review the change:

  • Instead of calling the repository's find method we now call the liveQuery method to define the query, and then call its subscribe method to establish a subscription which will update the Tasks state in realtime.
  • The subscribe method accepts a callback with an info object that has 3 members:
    • items - an up to date list of items representing the current result - it's useful for readonly use cases.
    • applyChanges - a method that receives an array and applies the changes to it - we send that method to the setTasks state function, to apply the changes to the existing tasks state.
    • changes - a detailed list of changes that were received
  • The subscribe method return an unsubscribe function, we return it to the onUnmounted hook so that it'll be called when the component unmounts.
  1. As all relevant CRUD operations (made by all users) will immediately update the component's state, we should remove the manual adding of new Tasks to the component's state:


// src/App.vue

async function addTask() {
  try {
    const newTask = await taskRepo.insert({ title: newTaskTitle.value })
    //tasks.value.push(newTask) <-- this line is no longer needed
    newTaskTitle.value = ""
  } catch (error: any) {
  1. Optionally remove other redundant state changing code:


// src/App.vue

async function deleteTask(task: Task) {
  try {
    await taskRepo.delete(task)
    //tasks.value = tasks.value.filter((t) => task !== t); <-- this line is no longer needed
  } catch (error: any) {

Open the todo app in two (or more) browser windows/tabs, make some changes in one window and notice how the others are updated in realtime.

Under the hood

The default implementation of live-queries uses HTTP Server-Sent Events (SSE) to push realtime updates to clients, and stores live-query information in-memory.

For scalable production / serverless environments, live-query updates can be pushed using integration with third-party realtime providers, such as Ably (opens new window), and live-query information can be stored to any database supported by Remult.