Clear All Intervals & Timeouts

There isn’t a JavaScript built-in method for clearing all timeouts and intervals – which can be frustrating when you’re building a complex system that relies heavily on Ajax and interval/timeout calls.

The solution is actually fairly simple – assuming you don’t need to keep track of each interval/timeout separately.

The best method that I’ve come up with is to store each timeout and interval in an Array, and then when you want to clear those timeouts & intervals, you just walk through the array and clear each individually. I’m going to make the assumption that you’re using jQuery; however, this can translate into any library you use, or just basic JavaScript if that’s your preference.

For example:

var myIntervals = [];
var myTimeouts = [];
    // create some sort of timeout event
    myTimeouts[myTimeouts.length] = setTimeout(function() { myTimeoutFunction(); }, 2000);
    // create some sort of interval event
    myIntervals[myIntervals.length] = setInterval(function() { myIntervalFunction(); }, 2000);

    $(document).on('click', '.someClass', function(){

function myTimeoutFunction() {
    ... do something here

function myIntervalFunction(){
    ... do something here

function clearAllTimeouts() {
    for (x=0; x<myTimeouts.length; x++) {

function clearAllIntervals() {
    for (x=0; x<myIntervals.length; x++) {

That’s it – you can store every interval/timeout call in these Arrays – it’s a one-function call to clear them all. It’s likely more useful for interval calls as they aren’t a one-run call like timeout is.

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