The loop statement creates a label that can later be branched to with a br. The loop instruction doesn't loop by itself; you need to branch to it to actually create a loop.

The loop statement is the opposite of the block statement, in the sense that while branching to a loop jumps to the beginning of the loop, branching to a block jumps to the end of the block, that is, out of the block.


;; label the loop so that it can be branched to
(loop $my_loop

  ;; branch to the loop.
  ;; most of the time you'll want to put this in an if statement and only branch on condition,
  ;; otherwise you have an infinite loop.
  br $my_loop


Full working example

We'll create a simple wasm module that increments a variable $i 10 times and logs the value on every cycle.

Wasm file

  ;; import the browser console object, you'll need to pass this in from JavaScript
  (import "console" "log" (func $log (param i32)))

    (local $i i32)

    (loop $my_loop

      ;; check if $i is les than 10
      get_local $i
      i32.const 10

        ;; add one to $i
        get_local $i
        i32.const 1
        set_local $i

        ;; log the current value of $i
        get_local $i
        call $log

        ;; continue the loop
        br $my_loop


  (start 1) ;; run the first function automatically

JavaScript file

  fetch("link to .wasm file"),
  { console }
loop 0x03