Timer Actor

December 01, 2017

UE4 Version: 4.18.3

Github Link: https://github.com/Harrison1/unrealcpp/tree/master/TimerActor

For this tutorial we are using the standard first person C++ template with starter content. If you don't know how to add a new actor class to your project, please visit the Add C++ Actor Class post.

We'll create a new actor called TimerActor.

In the header file we will add a function to repeat every 2 seconds a FTimerHandle class to manage the function in the world's time.


#pragma once

#include "CoreMinimal.h"
#include "GameFramework/Actor.h"
#include "TimerActor.generated.h"

class UNREALCPP_API ATimerActor : public AActor
	// Sets default values for this actor's properties

	// Called when the game starts or when spawned
	virtual void BeginPlay() override;

	// Called every frame
	virtual void Tick(float DeltaTime) override;

	void RepeatingFunction();
	FTimerHandle MemberTimerHandle;

In the .cpp file, it is necessary to include the TimerManager.h file. The TimerManager.h is necessary if we want use the engines World Time Manager. You add TimerManager.h by adding #include "TimManager.h" below the actor's header file.

On BeginPlay() set our world timer to play our RepeatingFunction() every 2 seconds after 5 seconds of play. So when you push play, wait 5 seconds and the function will then play every 2 seconds. The repeating function is very simple function that prints to the screen.


#include "TimerActor.h"
#include "TimerManager.h"

// Sets default values
 	// Set this actor to call Tick() every frame.  You can turn this off to improve performance if you don't need it.
	PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true;	


// Called when the game starts or when spawned
void ATimerActor::BeginPlay()

	// connect timer function to actor. After 5 seconds run RepeatingFunction every 2 seconds 
	GetWorldTimerManager().SetTimer(MemberTimerHandle, this, &ATimerActor::RepeatingFunction, 2.0f, true, 5.0f);

// Called every frame
void ATimerActor::Tick(float DeltaTime)


void ATimerActor::RepeatingFunction()
	GEngine->AddOnScreenDebugMessage(-1, 5.f, FColor::Red, TEXT("Hello Timer"));


Harrison McGuire

Harrison McGuire