jQuery countdown plugin

Simple, lightweight and easy to use jQuery countdown plugin

View the Project on GitHub rendro/countdown

countdown is a jQuery plugin to render countdowns. Instead of unicorns this plugin does not have any magic, but if you like countdowns to be rendered the way you want, this plugin might become your best friend.


Stop countdown | Start countdown

Click on the box to reset the countdown to 10sec.

Uber simple setup

To use the countdown plugin you need to load the current version of jQuery (testet with 1.7.2) and the javascript file of the plugin. Just add the following lines to the head of your website:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/jquery.countdown.js"></script>

Then you have to initialize the plugin with your desired configuration:

<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {
        date: "June 7, 2087 15:03:26"

Yep, it's easy like that! Enjoy the time you saved!


You can pass a set of these options to set a custom behaviour and look for the plugin.

Property (Type) Default Description
date new Date("June 7, 2087 15:03:25") The end time of your fancy countdown. Pass either a date object or a string/integer that will be used to create a new Date object. Here you can find all accepted formats of this value.
refresh 1000 Refresh rate in milliseconds or false to avoid automatic updates.
render With the render option you can set a function to change the output of the plugin. This function is called in the scope of the plugin, so you can access the leadingZeros method to format numbers as well as public variables and methods. A literal object will be passed to this function as an argument, containing the remaining time parts (years, days, hours, min, sec).
onEnd Callback function that is called when the end date is reachedadded

Public plugin methods

method(arguments) Description
leadingZeros(number, [length = 2]) Add leading zeros to a number.
update(newDate) Update the end time. The possible formats of the argument newDate are the same as described in the date-option above.
render() Call the render method. This might be usefull if you set refresh to false.
stop() Stops the refresh loop.
start([refreshRate]) Start the refresh loop. If you set a refresh rate in the options you can overwrite it with the argument refreshRate. If you don't pass an argument, the old value or the default value of 1 sec will be used.