# Timer based on a triggered event

#### greco26

##### Active member
Hi All,

I'm trying to create a simple timer that will count a specific number of seconds from a triggered event. In the case below, the triggered event is when a position is closed, I want to display a label that will stay on the chart for 60 seconds. This code will run on 30 or 60 minute chart so the thing Im not sure I can do is create a timer that can actively count down 60 seconds. I've tried a few different ways so far but before I go too far down this rabbit hole, I figured I would ask you all if what I'm trying to do is even possible. Thanks!

Code:
``````declare lower;

def time = gettime();
def qty = getquantity();
def bn = barnumber();

def trigger1LongIN =  bn >= bn and qty > 0;
def triggerBN =  if trigger1LongIN then bn else triggerbn[1];
def triggerlongOUT = bn >= triggerBN and qty crosses below 1;;

def Hold = bn >= triggerBN and if trigger1LongIN and triggerlongOUT and time < time+aggregationperiod.min then 1 else 0;

#def min = if roundtriplong then ((time + 180000) - time)/1000 else 0;
#def threemintimer = if roundtriplong then time + 180000 else double.nan;

addlabel(yes,"Holding for " + Hold + " seconds " ,color.magenta);

# Show debugging signals offsetting each one so they're not on top of each other
plot p_trigger1LongIN = trigger1LongIN;
plot p_triggerlongOUT = triggerlongOUT+ 4;
plot p_roundtriplong = Hold + 6;``````

Solution
That is basically not possible. GetTime() returns the exact millisecond that a bar begins, and that time remains the same for the entire duration of the bar. There are ways to sort of do it, perhaps by just using a one minute chart to count minutes, or by using a tick chart for smaller durations, but a proper timer is not possible.
That is basically not possible. GetTime() returns the exact millisecond that a bar begins, and that time remains the same for the entire duration of the bar. There are ways to sort of do it, perhaps by just using a one minute chart to count minutes, or by using a tick chart for smaller durations, but a proper timer is not possible.

@Joshua, thank you so much for the info. As I was writing the code, I stopped and thought it many not be possible so thank you for confirming that. oh well...

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