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    Mousetrap is a simple library for handling keyboard shortcuts in Javascript.

    It is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

    It is around 2kb minified and gzipped and 4.5kb minified, has no external dependencies, and has been tested in the following browsers:

    • Internet Explorer 6+
    • Safari
    • Firefox
    • Chrome

    It has support for keypress, keydown, and keyup events on specific keys, keyboard combinations, or key sequences.

    If you would like to donate to help support Mousetrap development use Gittip.

    Getting started

    1. Include mousetrap on your page before the closing </body> tag

      <script src="/path/to/mousetrap.min.js"></script>
    2. Add some keyboard events to listen for

          // single keys
          Mousetrap.bind('4', function() { console.log('4'); });
          Mousetrap.bind("?", function() { console.log('show shortcuts!'); });
          Mousetrap.bind('esc', function() { console.log('escape'); }, 'keyup');
          // combinations
          Mousetrap.bind('command+shift+k', function() { console.log('command shift k'); });
          // map multiple combinations to the same callback
          Mousetrap.bind(['command+k', 'ctrl+k'], function() {
              console.log('command k or control k');
              // return false to prevent default browser behavior
              // and stop event from bubbling
              return false;
          // gmail style sequences
          Mousetrap.bind('g i', function() { console.log('go to inbox'); });
          Mousetrap.bind('* a', function() { console.log('select all'); });
          // konami code!
          Mousetrap.bind('up up down down left right left right b a enter', function() {
              console.log('konami code');

    Why Mousetrap?

    There are a number of other similar libraries out there so what makes this one different?

    • There are no external dependencies, no framework is required
    • You are not limited to keydown events (You can specify keypress, keydown, or keyup or let Mousetrap choose for you).
    • You can bind key events directly to special keys such as ? or * without having to specify shift+/ or shift+8 which are not consistent across all keyboards
    • It works with international keyboard layouts
    • You can bind Gmail like key sequences in addition to regular keys and key combinations
    • You can programatically trigger key events with the trigger() method
    • It works with the numeric keypad on your keyboard
    • The code is well documented/commented


    Unit tests run via mocha.

    Running in browser

    Download the repo and go to tests/mousetrap.html in your browser.

    Running with Grunt and PhantomJS

    1. Install grunt-cli

      npm install -g grunt-cli
    2. Install npm packages

      cd /path/to/repo
      npm install
    3. Run tests

      grunt mocha


    Full documentation can be found at


    npm i conradirwin-mousetrap

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