Keywords: UE4, Tick Function Notes

Enable & Disable Tick

Trigger Tick at game beginning.

// Activate ticking in order to update the cursor every frame.
PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true;
PrimaryActorTick.bStartWithTickEnabled = true;

Trigger Tick at runtime.

PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true;
PrimaryActorTick.bStartWithTickEnabled = false;


RegisterComponent() must be executed before AttachToComponent()

If a Component created by NewObject<>() at run-time, RegisterComponent() must be executed before AttachToComponent(), otherwise TickComponent() would not be triggered on attaching finished.

ResisterComponent() only need to execute when using NewObject to create Component, Component created by SpawnActor() or ConstructorHelpers doesn’t need to execute it.

Trigger of BeginPlay() and Tick()

BeginPlay() and Tick() would be triggered if an Actor created by NewObject<>() before it’s added to scene(GameWorld), even PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true; was executed.

How to set callback function of next tick

In GameThread.

GetWorld()->GetTimerManager().SetTimerForNextTick(FTimerDelegate::CreateUObject(this, &AMyCharacter::TestCallback));


FTimerHandle TimerHandle;
GetWorld()->GetTimerManager().SetTimer(TimerHandle, []
    //some codes
}, 0.001f, false, 0.f);

In non-GameThread:

FTicker::GetCoreTicker().AddTicker(FTickerDelegate::CreateLambda([arg1, arg2](float dts) {
        return true;

You can set parameter Delay (default value is 0 which means “next frame”) if want to delay a certain time.

How to enable Tick function in Editor

Tick() will only be executed at game run-time by default, if you want to execute Tick() in Editor, do that in the following way:

For Actor:
Override ShouldTickIfViewportsOnly(), and return true, return value is false by default.

bool Actor::ShouldTickIfViewportsOnly() const
    return true;

For ActorComponent:
Has bTickInEditor set be true to trigger TickComponent(), it’s false by default.

Even you have done it in above way, Tick() will only trigger when open Actor Blueprint in editor, it would not be triggered at Editor startup.

Reduce tick frequency


PrimaryComponentTick.TickInterval = 1.0f;

PrimaryActorTick.TickInterval = 1.0f;

BP Node:

Set Actor Tick Interval


Tick Issues

GameThread time cost increased heavily

Found on 2019-02-16.

UE4 Editor bug: GameThread time cost increased heavily when there’re some uninitialized properties in Blueprint.

there’re some Object Reference type properties in Blueprint that are uninitialized, e.g. ParticleComponent, and these properties are referenced in Tick Function of Blueprint, when game running, GameThread time cost increased heavily.

Remove those uninitialized properties in Blueprint.

Tick doesn’t work while SetActorTickInterval and SetGlobalTimeDilation


if SetActorTickInterval(1.f / 30); and UGameplayStatics::SetGlobalTimeDilation(GetWorld(), 0.f);, AActor::Tick() would not work at all.

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