Glenn Sonna Glenn Sonna - 2 months ago 46
Android Question

Kotlin: Whats does "return@" mean?

I'm using RxJava in one of my projects, I converted one of my classes to Kotlin using the Android Studio plugin and in one of map

lambda (Func1 in java), intermediates returns looks like the following

I have no idea what this means.

something.flatMap(Func1<ArticleCriteria, Observable<Pair<String, String>>> {
val isTemporaryClone = it.isATemporaryClone
val isTheOriginalToken = it.tokenIsOriginalHere

if (isTemporaryClone) {
if (!isTheOriginalToken) {
return@Func1 paramsError("Token is always original for temp articles")

return@Func1 mJobRunner.doNotRun(DeleteArticleJob.TAG)

runArticleJobAsync(DeleteArticleJob.TAG, it)


In Kotlin, the return@label syntax is used for specifying which function among several nested ones this statement returns from.

It works with function literals (lambdas) and local functions. Non-labeled return statements return from the nearest (i.e. innermost) enclosing fun (ignoring lambdas). Consider this function:

fun foo(ints: List<Int>) {
    ints.forEach {
        if (it == 0) return

Here, return will finish the execution of foo, not just the lambda.

But if you want to return from any other function (a lambda or an outer fun) you have to specify it as a label at return statement:

fun foo(ints: List<Int>) {
    ints.forEach {
        if (it == 0) return@forEach // implicit label for lambda passed to forEach

fun foo(ints: List<Int>): List<String> {
    val result = f@{
        if (it == 0) return@f "zero" // return at named label
        if (it == -1) return emptyList() // return at foo
        "number $it" // expression returned from lambda
    return result

foo(listOf(1, -1, 1)) // []
foo(listOf(1, 0, 1)) // ["number 1", "zero", "number 1"]

Usage with local function:

fun outer(): Int {
    fun inner(i: Int) {
        if (i < 0) return // this returns from `inner` -- the innermost fun
        if (i % 2 == 0) return@outer 0 // label is required to return from `outer`

    return 1

Non-local return (i.e. return from outer functions) from a lambda is only supported for local and inline functions, because if a lambda is not inlined (or a function is placed inside an object), it is not guaranteed to be called only inside the enclosing function (e.g. it can be stored in a variable and called later), and the non-local return would make no sense in this case.

Also, there is also a similar syntax for qualified this, which is used to reference receivers of outer scopes: this@outer.