shiny reactive, reactiveValue and eventReactive, observe and observeEvent in Shiny observeEvent


An observeEvent object can be used to trigger a piece of code when a certain event occurs. It is constructed as:

observeEvent( event {
code to run

The observeEvent will only be dependent on the 'event' section in the small piece of code above. It will not be dependent on anything in the 'code to run' part. An example implementation can be found below:


ui <- fluidPage(
  headerPanel("Example reactive"),
    # action buttons
    actionButton("button1","Button 1"),
    actionButton("button2","Button 2")

server <- function(input, output) {
  # observe button 1 press.
  observeEvent(input$button1, {
    # The observeEvent takes no dependency on button 2, even though we refer to the input in the following line.
      title = "Button pressed",
      "You pressed one of the buttons!"

shinyApp(ui = ui, server = server)