Pass correct “this” context to setTimeout callback? [duplicate]

How do I pass context into setTimeout? I want to call this.tip.destroy() if this.options.destroyOnHide after 1000 ms. How can I do that?

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
     setTimeout(function() { this.tip.destroy() }, 1000);

When I try the above, this refers to the window.



EDIT: In summary, back in 2010 when this question was asked the most common way to solve this problem was to save a reference to the context where the setTimeout function call is made, because setTimeout executes the function with this pointing to the global object:

var that = this;
if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
     setTimeout(function(){ that.tip.destroy() }, 1000);

In the ES5 spec, just released a year before that time, it introduced the bind method, this wasn't suggested in the original answer because it wasn't yet widely supported and you needed polyfills to use it but now it's everywhere:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
     setTimeout(function(){ this.tip.destroy() }.bind(this), 1000);

The bind function creates a new function with the this value pre-filled.

Now in modern JS, this is exactly the problem arrow functions solve in ES6:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
     setTimeout(() => { this.tip.destroy() }, 1000);

Arrow functions do not have a this value of its own, when you access it, you are accessing the this value of the enclosing lexical scope.

HTML5 also standardized timers back in 2011, and you can pass now arguments to the callback function:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
     setTimeout(function(that){ that.tip.destroy() }, 1000, this);

See also:


There are ready-made shortcuts (syntactic sugar) to the function wrapper @CMS answered with. (Below assuming that the context you want is this.tip.)

ECMAScript 5 (current browsers, Node.js) and Prototype.js

If you target browser compatible with ECMA-262, 5th edition (ECMAScript 5) or Node.js, you could use Function.prototype.bind. You can optionally pass any function arguments to create partial functions.

fun.bind(thisArg[, arg1[, arg2[, ...]]])

Again, in your case, try this:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
    setTimeout(this.tip.destroy.bind(this.tip), 1000);

The same functionality has also been implemented in Prototype (any other libraries?).

Function.prototype.bind can be implemented like this if you want custom backwards compatibility (but please observe the notes).

ECMAScript 2015 (some browsers, Node.js 5.0.0+)

For cutting-edge development (2015) you can use fat arrow functions, which are part of the ECMAScript 2015 (Harmony/ES6/ES2015) specification (examples).

An arrow function expression (also known as fat arrow function) has a shorter syntax compared to function expressions and lexically binds the this value [...].

(param1, param2, => { statements }

In your case, try this:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
    setTimeout(() => { this.tip.destroy(); }, 1000);


If you are already using jQuery 1.4+, there's a ready-made function for explicitly setting the this context of a function.

jQuery.proxy(): Takes a function and returns a new one that will always have a particular context.

$.proxy(function, context[, additionalArguments])

In your case, try this:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
    setTimeout($.proxy(this.tip.destroy, this.tip), 1000);

Underscore.js, lodash

It's available in Underscore.js, as well as lodash, as _.bind(...)1,2

bind Bind a function to an object, meaning that whenever the function is called, the value of this will be the object. Optionally, bind arguments to the function to pre-fill them, also known as partial application.

_.bind(function, object, [*arguments])

In your case, try this:

if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
    setTimeout(_.bind(this.tip.destroy, this.tip), 1000);


In browsers other than Internet Explorer, you can pass parameters to the function together after the delay:

var timeoutID = window.setTimeout(func, delay, [param1, param2, ...]);

So, you can do this:

var timeoutID = window.setTimeout(function (self) {
}, 500, this);

This is better in terms of performance than a scope lookup (caching this into a variable outside of the timeout / interval expression), and then creating a closure (by using $.proxy or Function.prototype.bind).

The code to make it work in IEs from Webreflection:

(function (modifierFn) {
  // you have to invoke it as `window`'s property so, `window.setTimeout`
  window.setTimeout = modifierFn(window.setTimeout);
  window.setInterval = modifierFn(window.setInterval);
})(function (originalTimerFn) {
    return function (callback, timeout){
      var args = [], 2);
      return originalTimerFn(function () { 
        callback.apply(this, args) 
      }, timeout);

NOTE: This won't work in IE

var ob = {
    p: "ob.p"

var p = "window.p";

    console.log(this.p); // will print "window.p"

    console.log(this.p); // will print "ob.p"

If you're using underscore, you can use bind.


if (this.options.destroyOnHide) {
     setTimeout(_.bind(this.tip.destroy, this), 1000);


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