Keyboard hotkeys manager

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import hotkeysManager from '';



Executes callback when hotkey commands are pressed.


npm i -D hotkeys-manager


import HotkeysManager from 'hotkeys-manager';

// settings these options in the constructor defines these options 
// globaly thorughout command registrations. Though individual options 
// have precedence over those defined globally.  
const options = {
  // defaults
  preventDefault: true,
  once: true,
// new ShortcutsManager(Element, Object);
const hotkeys = new HotkeysManager(window, options);
// returns the target Element the eventlisteners are bound to; // reference to the element passed in to the HotkeysManager constructor. the `window` object in this case

Register command

The available options consists of these properties.

// optional options
  once: Boolean // if global option has been set, this option overrides it
  preventDefault: Boolean // same with preventDefault. This overrides the global value
  data: Any
  groups: Array,
  priority: Number // which command has precendence of being triggered

Define a new command with the set method on the shortcuts instance. once and preventDefault options overrides any options defined globally. Data is where you can pass any data which you have access to in the callback.

// shortcuts.set(Array<KeyboardEvent.code>, options);
const open = hotkeys.set(['ControlLeft', 'KeyO'], { 
  once: true,
  preventDefault: true,
  data: 'this command opens something', 
  groups: ['group1'],
  priority: 3

Adding callbacks for on and off states. Note that defining on or off callbacks will make it so the global general callback wont be executed for that particular state.

// on
open.on(({ e, Hotkey, on }) => {
  // handle on state

// off{ e, Hotkey, on }) => {
  // handle off state


If no groups is provided the command will be stored under a global wildcard group [*]. If you want to register a shortcut to the wildcard group along with other groups, simply add that to the array list as well. Like so.

groups: ['*', 'group1', 'group2']

Enabling certain groups to be listened to.

// returns the same arguments provided, as an array
const groupsArray = hotkeys.enableGroups('group1', 'group2');

Enabling all groups is a special case where it listens for all registered commands. And pick the first registered or the one with the highest priority.

// enable all groups (default)


To start listening for bound hotkeys call the subscribe method on the instance. This in turn returns an unsubscribe method. These methods add and removes the eventlisteners.

const unsubscribe = hotkeys.subscribe();

Providing a callback function as the subscribe argument you can catch all events here instead of binding on and off on each seperate hotkey.

This callback will be called for both on and off states. The on argument returns a boolean with the value true|false to differentiate between on and off state.

const unsubscribe = hotkeys.subscribe(({ e, Hotkey, on }) => {
  // here we are still able to access the `event` object
  // so it's possible to prevent the default behaviour or 
  // stopPropagation if we so like.
  // along with the current Hotkey Shortcut instance

Executing keycommands programmatically

You can execute a command programmarically by calling the execute function. Call the execute function with the same keys that you would use when you set a new command. And a second optional argument of the state you want to execute.

On some odd occasions you might be required to call one or the other. So provide either the string on or off for the on off states and leave it or provide undefined for sequentially calling on then off.

// hotkeys.execute(keys: Array[, state: String|undefined])

// calling on followed by off

// call only 'on' state
hotkeys.execute(['KeyE'], 'on');
// call only 'off' state
hotkeys.execute(['KeyE'], 'off');