How to run a repeating timer every n minutes?

VYAS ASHISH M-NTB837 ashish.vyas at
Thu Oct 29 14:03:13 CET 2009

Thanks a lot, this helps.

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Ashish Vyas wrote:

> Dear All
> How do I write a code that gets executed 'every x' minutes?


> Regards,
> Ashish Vyas

Here is one way -

import threading

class Timer(threading.Thread):
    def __init__(self):
        self.event = threading.Event()

    def run(self):
        while not self.event.is_set():
             """ The things I want to do go here. """

    def stop(self):

In your main program -
  - to start the timer
      tmr = Timer()

  - to stop the timer

It is easy to extend this by passing the number_of_seconds_to_wait, or a
function name to be executed, as arguments to the Timer.

Frank Millman


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