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A dead simple jQuery plugin that executes a callback function if the user is idle.
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jQuery Idle

A dead simple jQuery plugin that executes a callback function if the user is idle.

Usage

Since this is a simple plugin, the usage is simple too.

First, add the jquery.idle.js to your document along with jQuery library:

<script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.idle.js"></script>

Then, just call the function in the element that you want to track user idleness

$(document).idle({
  onIdle: function(){
    alert('Since you waited so long, the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42');
  },
  idle: 10000
})

That will display a alert (and a great revelation :D) to the user after 10 seconds of idleness.

If you want to call some function after user back from idleness, just add the onActive option:

$(document).idle({
  onIdle: function(){
    alert('I\'m idle');
  },
  onActive: function(){
    alert('Hey, I\'m back!');
  },
  idle: 10000
})

To check window visibility, add the onShow or onHide options:

$(document).idle({
  onHide: function(){
    alert('I\'m hidden');
  },
  onShow: function(){
    alert('Hey, I\'m visible!');
  }
})

You can also check if a specific element is idle, actually, you can use any jQuery selector:

$('header, footer').idle({
  onIdle: function(){
    alert('It\'s been a long time since you don\'t see me');
  },
  idle: 20000
})

You can choose which events will be used to "refresh" the idle timer

$(document).idle({
  onIdle: function(){
    alert('It\'s been a long time since you don\'t see me');
  },
  events: 'mouseover mouseout',
  idle: 30000
})

And you can choose if you want to start from an idle state or not

$(document).idle({
  onIdle: function(){
    alert('It\'s been a long time since you don\'t see me');
  },
  idle: 30000,
  startAtIdle: true
})

Options

onIdle        # callback function that will be triggered when the user gets idle
onActive      [ default function(){} ] # callback function that will be triggered when the user gets active
onHide        [ default function(){} ] # callback function that will be triggered when window is hidden
onShow        [ default function(){} ] # callback function that will be triggered when window is visible
events        [ default = mousemove keypress mousedown touchstart ] # events that will reset the idle time
idle          [ default = 60000 ] # idle time in ms
keepTracking  [ default = true ] # set it to false if you want to track only the first time
startAtIdle   [ default = false ] # if you want to start idle, set it to true

Changelog

1.2.2


  • The logic behind keepTracking was a total mess. Rewrote the functionality to work as it should
  • Change the default keepTracking value. Now is set to true

1.2.1


  • Added the 'startAtIdle' option so you can choose if you want to start idle or not (@hugohil)

1.2.0


  • Added the 'onHide' and 'onShow' callback functions to be executed when window changes visibility (@DanH42)

1.1.0


  • Renamed the 'callback' setting to 'onIdle'
  • Added the 'onActive' callback function to be executed when user back from idleness (thanks @joelsouza for the tip)

1.0.0


First basic version

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