PHP's set_time_limit in JavaScript

How to use

You you can install via yarn add locutus and require this function via const set_time_limit = require('locutus/php/info/set_time_limit').

It is important to use a bundler that supports tree-shaking so that you only ship the functions that you actually use to your browser, instead of all of Locutus, which is massive. Examples are: Parcel, webpack, or rollup.js. For server-side use this is typically less of a concern.


Please note that these examples are distilled from test cases that automatically verify our functions still work correctly. This could explain some quirky ones.

#codeexpected result

Here’s what our current JavaScript equivalent to PHP's set_time_limit looks like.

module.exports = function set_time_limit(seconds) {
// discuss at:
// original by: Brett Zamir (
// test: skip-all
// example 1: set_time_limit(4)
// returns 1: undefined

const $global = typeof window !== 'undefined' ? window : global
$global.$locutus = $global.$locutus || {}
const $locutus = $global.$locutus
$locutus.php = $locutus.php || {}

setTimeout(function () {
if (!$locutus.php.timeoutStatus) {
$locutus.php.timeoutStatus = true
throw new Error('Maximum execution time exceeded')
}, seconds * 1000)

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