SDL_AddTimer -- Add a timer which will call a callback after the specified number of milliseconds has elapsed.



function SDL_AddTimer( interval : UInt32; callback : TSDL_NewTimerCallback; param : Pointer ) : TSDL_TimerID;


// type definition for the "new" timer callback function
TSDL_NewTimerCallback = function( interval : UInt32; param : Pointer ) : UInt32;


Adds a callback function to be run after the specified number of milliseconds has elapsed. The callback function is passed the current timer interval and the user supplied parameter from the SDL_AddTimer call and returns the next timer interval. If the returned value from the callback is the same as the one passed in, the periodic alarm continues, otherwise a new alarm is scheduled.

To cancel a currently running timer call SDL_RemoveTimer with the timer ID returned from SDL_AddTimer.

The timer callback function may run in a different thread than your main program, and so shouldn't call any functions from within itself. You may always call SDL_PushEvent, however.

The granularity of the timer is platform-dependent, but you should count on it being at least 10 ms as this is the most common number. This means that if you request a 16 ms timer, your callback will run approximately 20 ms later on an unloaded system. If you wanted to set a flag signaling a frame update at 30 frames per second (every 33 ms), you might set a timer for 30 ms (see example below). If you use this function, you need to pass SDL_INIT_TIMER to SDL_Init .

Return Value

Returns an ID value for the added timer or 0 if there was an error.


my_timer_id := SDL_AddTimer( ( 33 / 10 ) * 10, my_callbackfunc, my_callback_param );

See Also

SDL_RemoveTimer , SDL_PushEvent