Automatically refresh your browser after 30 seconds with JavaScript

Have you ever been waiting for a webpage to update and gotten tired of hitting the refresh button over and over again?

I know I have, especially when I need to buy tickets for a show or concert.

I sometimes find myself hitting the refresh button hundreds of times an hour in the hopes of capturing the instant the tickets go on sale.

It’s an annoying process, for sure.

But luckily, we have JavaScript!

In this guide, I’ll show you how to use JavaScript automatically refresh your browser after 30 seconds.

It’s actually pretty easy. So let’s get started.

  1. Open the webpage that you want to refresh in your browser.
  2. Right-click on the webpage and select “Inspect” (or “Inspect Element” depending on your browser). This will open the developer console.
  3. In the developer console, go to the “Console” tab. This is where you can enter and run JavaScript code.
  4. To refresh the page every 30 seconds, use the setInterval function. The setInterval function takes two arguments: a callback function, and the interval time in milliseconds.
setInterval(function() {
  // code to refresh page goes here
}, 30000);

To refresh the page, you can use the location.reload function. This function will reload the current webpage from the server rather than using a cached version.

setInterval(function() {
}, 30000);

Press “Enter” to run the code. The page will now refresh every 30 seconds.

If you want to stop the page from refreshing, you can use the clearInterval function. This function takes the interval ID returned by the setInterval function and stops the interval from running.

// stop the interval from running

Keep in mind that constantly refreshing a webpage can put a strain on the server and may not be the best user experience. It’s important to consider if automatic page refresh is necessary and to use it sparingly.

Additionally, the JavaScript code that you enter in the developer console will only run while the console is open. If you close the console, the page will stop refreshing.

Et voila! That’s it!

Pretty simple, eh?