This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

The window.requestIdleCallback() method queues a function to be called during a browser's idle periods. This enables developers to perform background and low priority work on the main event loop, without impacting latency-critical events such as animation and input response. Functions are generally called in first-in-first-out order; however, callbacks which have a timeout specified may be called out-of-order if necessary in order to run them before the timeout elapses.

You can call requestIdleCallback() within an idle callback function to schedule another callback to take place no sooner than the next pass through the event loop.


var handle = window.requestIdleCallback(callback[, options])

Return value

An ID which can be used to cancel the callback by passing it into the window.cancelIdleCallback() method.


A reference to a function that should be called in the near future, when the event loop is idle. The callback function is passed a IdleDeadline object describing the amount of time available and whether or not the callback has been run because the timeout period expired.
options Optional
Contains optional configuration parameters. Currently only one property is defined:
  • timeout: If timeout is specified and has a positive value, and the callback has not already been called by the time timeout milliseconds have passed, the timeout will be called during the next idle period, even if doing so risks causing a negative performance impact..


See our complete example in the article Cooperative Scheduling of Background Tasks API.


Specification Status Comment
Cooperative Scheduling of Background Tasks Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 47 53 (53) [1] No support 34 No support
Feature Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 47 47 53.0 (53) [1] ? ? ? ?

[1] requestIdleCallback() is implemented in Firefox 53 but is disabled by default; to enable it, set the preference dom.requestIdleCallback.enabled to true. It is enabled by default starting in Firefox 55.

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