Ayman Abuassonon Ayman Abuassonon - 2 years ago 151
Swift Question

CountDown using NSTimer in swift

I'm still learning swift, and i'm trying to design an application and in one section i had this game timer that is set to 7 minutes ( gonna add figure out how to let the client change that later), for now it's 7:00, i have added 2 buttons,
Start, Pause. and i wanted to let Start, starts the countDown until 00:00, then i was planning to add a pop up message saying time is up!.

Code so far:

import UIKit

class ViewController: UIViewController {
@IBOutlet var countDown: UILabel!

var counter = 60
var timer = NSTimer()

func update() {

if counter > 0 {
countDown.text = String(counter--)


@IBAction func start(sender: UIButton) {

timer = NSTimer.scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval(0.4, target: self, selector: #selector(ViewController.update), userInfo: nil, repeats: true)


@IBAction func pause(sender: UIButton) {
// timer.invalidate() stops the whole thing...

override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {
// Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.


however, the app keeps on crashing... and i don't know how to make the timer more than 60 seconds, like how to represent it.

Answer Source

This would not be the way that I would do a countdown timer.

@IBAction func start(sender: UIButton) {
     self.timer = NSTimer.scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval(1.0, target: self, selector: #selector(ViewController.update(_:)), userInfo: nil, repeats: true)
     NSRunLoop.currentRunLoop().addTimer(self.timer, forMode: NSRunLoopCommonModes)
    startTime = NSDate() // new instance variable that you would need to add.

func update() {
    let elapsedTime = NSDate().timeIntervalSinceDate(startTime)
    let currTime = totalTime - elapsedTime 
    //total time is an instance variable that is the total amount of time in seconds that you want
    countDown.text = String(currTime)
    if currTime < 0 {
        //do other stuff that you need to do when time runs out.

Also make sure that your IBAction outlets are right in interface builder.

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