Michael Kropat Michael Kropat - 1 year ago 102
Javascript Question

Is there a version of setTimeout that returns an ES6 promise?

Similar to this question, but rather than asking about how promises work in general, I specifically want to know:

What is the standard/best way to wrap setTimeout in something that returns a Promise? I'm thinking something like Angular's

function, but not Angular specific.

Answer Source

First of all no - there is no built in for this. Lots of libraries that enhance ES2015 promises like bluebird whip with it.

I think the other answer conflates executing the function and a delay, it also creates timeouts that are impossible to cancel. I'd write it simply as:

function delay(ms){
    var ctr, rej, p = new Promise(function (resolve, reject) {
        ctr = setTimeout(resolve, ms);
        rej = reject;
    p.cancel = function(){ clearTimeout(ctr); rej(Error("Cancelled"))};
    return p; 

Then you can do:

delay(1000).then(/* ... do whatever */);


 doSomething().then(function(){ return delay(1000); }).then(doSomethingElse);

If we only want the basic functionality in ES2015, it's even simpler as:

let delay = ms => new Promise(r => setTimeout(r, ms));
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