timers

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Stable

Set one-off and periodic timers.

Globals

Constructors

Functions

setTimeout(callback, ms)

Schedules callback to be called in ms milliseconds. Any additional arguments are passed straight through to the callback.

Parameters

callback : function
Function to be called.

ms : integer
Interval in milliseconds after which the function will be called.

Returns

integer : An ID that can later be used to undo this scheduling, if callback hasn't yet been called.

Example
var { setTimeout } = require("sdk/timers");

setTimeout(function() {
  // do something in 0 ms
}, 0)

clearTimeout(ID)

Given an ID returned from setTimeout(), prevents the callback with the ID from being called (if it hasn't yet been called).

Parameters

ID : integer
An ID returned from setTimeout().

Example
var { setTimeout, clearTimeout } = require("sdk/timers");

var id = setTimeout(function() {
  // do something in 1 sec
}, 1000);

// to stop/cancel this timeout
clearTimeout(id);

setInterval(callback, ms)

Schedules callback to be called repeatedly every ms milliseconds. Any additional arguments are passed straight through to the callback.

Parameters

callback : function
Function to be called.

ms : integer
Interval in milliseconds at which the function will be called.

Returns

integer : An ID that can later be used to unschedule the callback.

Example
var { setInterval } = require("sdk/timers");

setInterval(function() {
  // do something every 1 sec
}, 1000)

clearInterval(ID)

Given an ID returned from setInterval(), prevents the callback with the ID from being called again.

Parameters

ID : integer
An ID returned from setInterval().

Example
var { setInterval, clearInterval } = require("sdk/timers");

var id = setInterval(function() {
  // do something every 1 sec

  // to stop/cancel this interval
  clearInterval(id);
}, 1000);

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