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Using SetTimeout to Make a jQuery Timer

By Sam Deering



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This example shows a jQuery countdown where the numbers count down from 10 every second. This is done by decrementing the counter number and then calling setTimeout again at the end of the timeout function call.

Here’s the code.

jQuery Code

jQuery(document).ready(function () {

	var countdown;
	var countdown_number;

	function countdown_init() {
		countdown_number = 11;

	function countdown_trigger() {
		if(countdown_number > 0) {
			$('countdown_text').innerHTML = countdown_number;
			if(countdown_number > 0) {
				countdown = setTimeout('countdown_trigger()', 1000);

	function countdown_clear() {



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Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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