Countdown timer-php+mysql+js

I am working on online examination. In which the examination duration will fetch by mysql(in minutes). I want to show the countdown time on the top of the page.

currently I am using

but the main problem is .. when every time a new question display ..the page get refresh and ..timer reset again from start.

Please help me where is the main problem?

or any other example if you want to suggest?




Before running the test you need to calculate exact test end time on the server side and save it into session:

if (empty($_SESSION['test_will_end_by'])) {
    $_SESSION['test_will_end_by'] = time() + $test_duration_in_seconds;

Then, if you provide it to your client-side script from HTML:

Time left:
<span class="timer" data-end="<?php 
    echo date(DateTime::RFC1123, $_SESSION['test_will_end_by']); 

Add this code into your jQuery DOM-ready handler to start all timers on a page:

$('.timer').each(function() {
    var target = new Date($(this).data('end')), update, $this = $(this);
    (update = function () {
        var now = new Date();
        $this.text((new Date(target - now)).toUTCString().split(' ')[4]);
        if (Math.floor((target - now)/1000) == 0) return; // timer stops
        setTimeout(update, 1000);

Every time you refresh the page, the JavaScript code will run again, so the timer will be reset. To solve this problem, get the content without refreshing the page, that is : Ajax.


You can store the current value in a cookie using the form submit or page beforeunload events. Then when a new page loads, get the remaining time and keep counting down. This also allows for some network latency.

Note that the user may be able to access and modify the value of the cookie.


Store the question start time in session, when ever page refreshes get the session start time difference from server and display them in web page. The increment part you can do from the client side javascript code without using AJAX.


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