This method provides the support for Meteor.subscribe.

The method expect the first parameter to be the publication name (as defined in the server).

The second argument is a function, which returns an array of arguments as defined in the publication on the server side. Those arguments can be reactive with the help of getReactively.

The third parameter is an optional callback which operates exactly like the callbacks in Meteor.subscribe.

The subscribe method is part of the ReactiveContext, and available on every context and $scope and will stop automatically when it's context ($scope) is destroyed.

Tip: You can just use the first argument, the rest is optional.


Name Type Details Required
Publication name String The name of the publication, as defined in the server side using Meteor.publish. Yes
Arguments Function Function A function, which expected to return an array of arguments that will passed to the subscription. No
Result Callback Function
May include onStop, onReady and onStart callbacks. If there is an error, it is passed as an argument to onStop. If a function is passed instead of an object, it is interpreted as an onReady callback. The angular-meteor specific onStart callback let you know when the subscription is being called. No

Return value

The method returns exactly the same parameters as Meteor.subscribe.

Usage Example:

myModule.controller('MyCtrl', ['$scope', '$reactive', function($scope, $reactive) {


Example with getReactively:

myModule.controller('MyCtrl', ['$scope', '$reactive', function($scope, $reactive) {

  this.relevantId = 10;
  this.numberOfUsers = 3;

  this.subscribe('users', () => {
    return [ numberOfUsers, this.getReactively('relevantId') ];

  this.relevantId = 50; // This will cause the subscribe arguments method to run again
  this.numberOfUsers = 5; // This won't cause the subscribe arguments method to run again

Example with subscription handle and callbacks:

myModule.controller('MyCtrl', ['$scope', '$reactive', function($scope, $reactive) {

  this.numberOfParties = 3;

  var subscriptionHandle = this.subscribe('parties', () => [this.numberOfParties], {
    onStart: function () {
      console.log("New subscribtion has been started");
    onReady: function () {
      console.log("onReady And the Items actually Arrive", arguments);
      subscriptionHandle.stop();  // Stopping the subscription, will cause onStop to fire
    onStop: function (error) {
      if (error) {
        console.log('An error happened - ', error);
      } else {
        console.log('The subscription stopped');

  console.log('subscription Handle',
    subscriptionHandle); // Will include subscriptionId, ready() and stop()