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Yuval Yarmus
Yuval Yarmus
1,020 Points

Making a countdown of 6 minutes in JS

Hey, guys, I am trying to make a countdown from 6 minutes in JS. My code is: var time = 360; // 360 seconds is 6 minutes ( 60 * 6 = 360) var minutes = Math.Floor(time / 60); var seconds = time % 60; for some reason minutes never get off 6 minutes and seconds is always zero. The only thing that works well is the time update. // note: I added a line of time = time - 1 and put that in an interval that repeats every second.

2 Answers

Camilo Lucero
Camilo Lucero
27,692 Points

Variables store a value at the moment they are created, they don't change dynamically or recalculate themselves every time you call them. That is why your seconds variable is always zero, because even if time changes, the variable remains with the same value (360 % 60 = 0).

You need to recalculate the variables inside of the function in the interval, so they are reassigned to the new value every second.

var time = 360;

function countdown() {
  var minutes = Math.floor(time / 60);
  var seconds = time % 60;
  document.body.innerHTML = minutes + ':' + seconds; // prints the countdown in the HTML
  time = time - 1;

setInterval(countdown, 1000);
Yuval Yarmus
Yuval Yarmus
1,020 Points

I already finished this project and I made it work in the end by the idea was that the entire function repaeats itself every second and every second time's value is substracted by 1