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Create event emitters, intervals, and timeouts that can be paused and resumed.


Pauseable allows you to pause event emitters, timeouts, and intervals. It can group multiple of these pauseable objects and pause entire groups.


var pauseable = require('pauseable');
var EventEmitter = require('events').EventEmitter;
var ee = new EventEmitter();
ee.on('foo', function() { ... });
// ...later 
// this event will not be immediately fired 
// instead, it will be buffered 
ee.emit('foo', 'hellow');
// ...much later 
// the 'foo' event will be fired at this point 
var timeout = pauseable.setTimeout(function() {
  // this will take 8 seconds total to execute 
  // not 5 
}, 5000);
// pause timeout after 2 secs 
setTimeout(function() {
  timeout.isPaused(); // true 
  // resume after 3 
  setTimeout(function() {
  }, 3000);
}, 2000);

The function and ms arguments are interchangeable. Use whichever way you prefer!

var interval = pauseable.setInterval(5000, function() {
  // this is called after 5 seconds 
  // then paused for 2 seconds 
// create a group 
var g = pauseable.createGroup();
// make and add emitters to group 
var ee1 = g.add(new EventEmitter());
var ee2 = g.add(new EventEmitter());
ee1.on('forth', function() {
  // pause entire group (that means ee1 and ee2) for 500 ms 
  // timeout is out of the group by the time this executes 
ee2.on('back', function() {
var timeout = g.setTimeout(function() {
  ee2.emit('back', 'poop');
}, 1000);


Javascript is event based by nature. When developing large scale applications that are completely event based, it becomes complicated to pause the streaming of events, because Javascript never "sleeps". It becomes even more complicated to pause timeouts and intervals, having to keep track of when they were paused so they can be resumed with the correct time again.

That's where this module comes in. Pauseable helps manage pausing and resuming your application or part of it. It works with EventEmitter, with setInterval and setTimeout.


Pauses an instance of EventEmitter. All events get buffered and emitted once the emitter is resumed. Currently only works with EventEmitters. Optional ms will pause only for that long.

Resumes the emitter. Events can be emitted again. Optional ms will resume only for that long.

Creates a pauseable timeout or interval. fn and ms are interchangeabale. Returns an instance of timer.

Pauses timer. Optional ms will pause the timer only for that amount.

Resumes timer. Optional ms will resume the timer only for that amount.

Returns the number of ms left until the fn function in the constructor gets called again.

Clears timeout. Can no longer be resumed.

Returns true if timer is currently paused.

Returns true if timer was a timeout and fn was called, or timer.clear() has been called.

If timer is a timeout, this can be used to execute the callback when the fn in the constructor is called.

Creates a group where emitters and timers can be easily managed.

Add an emitter or a timer to the group. Returns added emitter/timer.

Shortcut to create an instance of a timer and add it to the group.

Pauses all emitters and timers in the group.

Resumes all emitters and timers in the group.

Clears timers in the group.

Returns true is group is paused.

Returns true if all timers currently in the group are timeouts and their original function has been called or all timers have been cleared.

Contains both emitters and timers. Useful if you want to micro manage more.


npm install pauseable


Tests are written with mocha

npm test