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jQuery.event.key jQuery.event.key


jQuery.event.key adds a keyName() method to the jQuery event object that returns a string representation of the current key:

$("input").on('keypress', function(ev){
  // Don't allow backspace keys
  if(ev.keyName() == '\b') {
  if(ev.keyName() == 'f1') {
    alert('I could be a tooltip for help')

The following keynames are mapped by default:

  • \b - backspace
  • \t - tab
  • \r - enter key
  • shift, ctrl, alt
  • pause-break, caps, escape, num-lock, scroll-loc, print
  • page-up, page-down, end, home, left, up, right, down, insert, delete
  • ' ' - space
  • 0-9 - number key pressed
  • a-z - alpha key pressed
  • num0-9 - number pad key pressed
  • f1-12 - function keys pressed
  • Symbols: /, ;, :, =, ,, -, ., /, [, \, ], ', "

Supporting international keyboards

The keyCode values of keydown and keyup for international keys differ between browsers. Since it is not possible to retrieve the current keyboard layout using JavaScript, $.event.key needs to be provided with custom key mappings for keyboard layouts you want to support.

The following tool generates a $.event.key mapping from your current keyboard layout and Browser. Just press the keys that don't get recognized properly and they will be added to the code block which you can copy and provide in your application:

Generally it is recommended to use keypress to retrieve the actual character being pressed.

Note: In Mac OS Firefox won't return any values at all for international characters on keydown and keyup.