keyboard module for crtrdg

crtrdg keyboard

keyboard listener module for crtrdg

  • Emit keydown and keyup events.
  • node.js
  • browserify / beefy
  • crtrdg-gameloop (or another game object with a reference to the canvas id)

Install node if you haven't already.

npm install -g browserify beefy
<!DOCTYPE html>
  <title>crtrdg gameloop test</title>
<canvas id="game"></canvas>
<script src="./bundle.js"></script>
// use crtrdg-gameloop for animating to the canvas with requestAnimationFrame.
var Game = require('crtrdg-gameloop');
// require crtrdg-keyboard
var Keyboard = require('./index');
// create a new game
var game = new Game({
  canvasId: 'game',
  width: '800',
  height: '400',
  backgroundColor: '#ff1f1f'
// create a new keyboard, passing the game as an argument
var keyboard = new Keyboard(game);
// for simplicity and brevity:
var keys = keyboard.keys;
// you can listen for keydown & keyup events
keyboard.on('keydown', function(key){
  if (key === 'A'){
    console.log('Yep! That is the A key!');
keyboard.on('keyup', function(key){
  if (key === 'A'){
    console.log('Oh, you stopped pressing the A key.');
// alternately, you can check the keyboard.keysDown object inside of an update listener. 
// this is the recommended approach if you have a player entitity and you want it's behavior
// to change based on keyboard input
game.on('update', function(interval){
  if ('B' in keyboard.keysDown){
    console.log('the B key is being pressed down!');

Almost every javascript game / animation library I've found bundles things like requestAnimationFrame polyfill, gameloop, entities, abstract drawing methods, keyboard/mouse input, vector math, and more into one entangled library. If I don't like how the library handles just one of those components, I'm stuck with dead library weight, and sometimes it's difficult to replace a library's methods.

So what if each element of 2d games were broken up into it's own modules / repositories?

With inspiration from voxel.js, crtrdg is a collection of javascript modules used for developing 2d games.

As I learned more about node.js, the core events module, and browserify, I realized the ideal api for making simple 2d games could be based on node's events module. So you'll see a lot of crtrdg modules exposing an api that includes .on('some event', function(){}), which seems to make a lot of sense for games.

  • Fork this repository.
  • Create a branch for you changes.
  • Include tests if applicable.
  • Add/edit documentation for any changes.
  • Submit a pull request.