Go by Example: Tickers

Timers are for when you want to do something once in the future - tickers are for when you want to do something repeatedly at regular intervals. Here’s an example of a ticker that ticks periodically until we stop it.

package main
import "time"
import "fmt"
func main() {

Tickers use a similar mechanism to timers: a channel that is sent values. Here we’ll use the range builtin on the channel to iterate over the values as they arrive every 500ms.

    ticker := time.NewTicker(500 * time.Millisecond)
    go func() {
        for t := range ticker.C {
            fmt.Println("Tick at", t)

Tickers can be stopped like timers. Once a ticker is stopped it won’t receive any more values on its channel. We’ll stop ours after 1600ms.

    time.Sleep(1600 * time.Millisecond)
    fmt.Println("Ticker stopped")

When we run this program the ticker should tick 3 times before we stop it.

$ go run tickers.go
Tick at 2012-09-23 11:29:56.487625 -0700 PDT
Tick at 2012-09-23 11:29:56.988063 -0700 PDT
Tick at 2012-09-23 11:29:57.488076 -0700 PDT
Ticker stopped

Next example: Worker Pools.