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Process each element after n seconds

A library for looping through an array with a delay between each iteration. It was intended for usage with animations, for situations when multiple elements need to have their behaviour stepped. E.g. animating a grid of elements to create a visual pattern. It also offers the ability to immediately stop or kill a current iteration.

Works great with pixi-timeout


npm install each-after


each-after supports common.js and es6-modules


const eachAfter = require('each-after')()

es6 modules

import eachAfterTimer from 'each-after'
const eachAfter = eachAfterTimer()

Simple example

Below is the most basic usage

const timerInstance = eachAfter(
    [2,4,9,16],     // an array to iterate over
    1,              // seconds between each iteration
    function(){}    // function to call on each iteration

On each

You must pass a function as the 3rd parameter for handling the each iteration of the loop

  • element - The current element being processed in the array.
  • index - The index of the current element being processed in the array
  • processed - The array of all the elements processed so far
  • interval - The time in seconds since the last element was processed
  • wasStopped - Whether the iteration was stoppped manually via .stop()
const onEach = (element, index, processed, interval, wasStopped) = {
    console.log(element, index, processed, interval, wasStopped)
    // Would fire 4 times with the following results
    // 2, 0, [2], 1, false
    // 4, 1, [2,4], 1, false
    // 9, 2, [2,4,9], 1, false
    // 16, 3, [2,4,9,16], 1, false
const timerInstance = eachAfter(

On completion

Optionally you can pass a function as the 4th parameter for handling the completion of the loop

const onComplete = (finalArray, wasStopped) = {
    console.log(finalArray) // [2,4,9,16]
    console.log(wasStopped) // whether the timer was stopped via the `.stop()` method
const timerInstance = eachAfter(
    onComplete // (Optional) function to call at the end of the iteration

Prevent instantly firing first iteration

By default the first iteration is called immediately and then the remaining iterations are delayed, to prevent this behaviour you can pass false as the 5th parameter

const timerInstance = eachAfter(
    false,   // (Optional) default = true


Additional methods for manipulating the timer during iteration.

Set interval

The interval can be changed at any time during iteration. Calling timerInstance.setInterval(0) with value of 0 will cause the iterations to happen in the same stack via a standard loop

const timerInstance = eachAfter([2,4,9,16],1,onEach)
timerInstance.setInterval(10) // seconds


Iteration can be stopped by calling stop and it will trigger all the iterations immediately, including the completionHandler, avoiding using the timer function. This method is essentially the same as timerInstance.setInterval(0). The state of the iteration can be checked via the onEach and onComplete handlers by checking the wasStopped parameter. Stop can only be called before the iteration is completed to prevent multiple onComplete events.

const timerInstance = eachAfter(
    onEach: (ele, idx, pro, int, wasStopped) => { }, // wasStopped will be true
    onComplete: (arr, wasStopped) => { } // wasStopped will be true


Iteration can be completely killed, which will prevent any remaing handlers, including the completionHandler, from being fired

const timerInstance = eachAfter([2,4,9,16],1,onEach)

Alternate timeout methods

By default each-after uses setTimeout and clearTimeout to perform the delays. If you would prefer to use your own methds you can pass them on creation.

import eachAfterTimer from 'each-after'
const eachAfter = eachAfterTimer({
    set: (seconds, func) => { /*... your set timeout function */ },
    clear: (timerId) => { /*... your clear timeout function */ },


Here is an example of using custom timeout methods. It uses pixi-timeout requestAnimationFrame based timing functions, which additionally allow for pausing & resuming the timers via the PIXI.Application.stop and PIXI.Application.start methods

import pix from ‘pixi,js’
import pixiTimeout from 'pixi-timeout'
import EachAfterCreate from 'each-after'
window.eachAfter = EachAfterCreate({

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