Dead simple yet powerful countdown hook for React.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Dead simple yet powerful countdown hook for React. Powered by requestAnimationFrame.


Using npm:

$ npm install --save react-countdown-hook

Using yarn:

$ yarn add react-countdown-hook

Quick Start

import React from 'react';
import useCountDown from 'react-countdown-hook';

const initialTime = 60 * 1000; // initial time in milliseconds, defaults to 60000
const interval = 1000; // interval to change remaining time amount, defaults to 1000

const render = () => {
  const [timeLeft, { start, pause, resume, reset }] = useCountDown(initialTime, interval);
  // start the timer during the first render
  React.useEffect(() => {
  }, []);
  const restart = React.useCallback(() => {
    // you can start existing timer with an arbitrary value
    // if new value is not passed timer will start with initial value
    const newTime = 42 * 1000;
  }, []);
  return (
      <p>Time left: {timeLeft}</p>
      <button onClick={restart}>
        Restart counter with 42 seconds

Note that this is a very basic usage. Check out more usage examples in playground or in the demo project


[timeLeft, actions] = useCountDown(timeToCount, interval)


Takes a default countdown time and interval time.

  • timeToCount {Number} Time in milliseconds that countdown should start with. Defaults to 60000
  • interval {Number} Time in milliseconds representing the frequency that countdown should update with. Defaults to 1000

Return value

Returns an array with remaining time and actions object.

  • timeLeft {Number} Remaining countdown time in milliseconds
  • actions.start {Function} Start or restart a countdown. Takes time in milliseconds to start with.
  • actions.reset {Function} Resets a countdown to initial state
  • actions.pause {Function} Pauses a countdown
  • actions.resume {Function} Resumes a paused countdown


Feel free to submit any issues or pull requests.