Countdown timer in javascript

Here i introduce with the simple countdown timer script written in JavaScript. My main purpose behind this countdown timer script is just logout the user if he/she is idle. In this example i set the idle time 15 minutes, means the user will automatically logout if he/she do not active on the page. To achieve this i used window.setInterval() javascript function, which is call my own defined function after every 1 second. As you see in the below example i have created a function getIdleTime(), this function calculate every minute and second and display to the user, as you see i called an id with document.getElementById(), just call the id where you want to show your countdown timer.

I have created a blank div with the id SetIdleTime.

<div id="SetIdleTime"></div>


Your countdown timer display the result with this div. To make the page active i have used document.addEventListener() and set three events mousemove, click and keypress and detected the active user through these three events. Please be free leave a comment about this post.

Here is the countdown timer script:

var _imin, _isec, _MIN = 0, IDLE_TIME = 0;

_imin = 15; // IDLE time in minutes
_isec = 60;

// On Mouse Move
document.addEventListener('mousemove', function(){
_MIN = 0;

// On Click
document.addEventListener('click', function(){
_MIN = 0;

// On Key Press
document.addEventListener('keypress', function(){
_MIN = 0;

window.setInterval('getIdleTime()', 1000);

function getIdleTime(){
var _minute, _sec, _nmin, _nsec;


if( (_isec - IDLE_TIME) == 0 ){

_minute = _imin - _MIN;
_sec = _isec - IDLE_TIME;

_nmin = (_minute.toString().length == 1) ? '0' + _minute : _minute;
_nsec = (_sec.toString().length == 1) ? '0' + _sec : _sec;

document.getElementById('SetIdleTime').innerHTML = _nmin + ':' + _nsec;

// Now Redirect Page
// After complete the time

if( _minute == 0 && _sec == 0 ){
document.location.href = 'logout.html';



Posted by Jogesh Sharma

Jogesh Sharma is a web developer and blogger who loves all the things design and the technology, He love all the things having to do with PHP, WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Durpal, Codeigniter, jQuery, HTML5 etc. He is the author of this blog.