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Version: 5.8.0



A hook which allows to setup callbacks when a combination of keys are pressed at the same time.


An important difference between useKey and useKeys is that useKey checks if EITHER of the keys in the list is pressed, while useKeys checks if ALL of the keys in the list are active.


npm install --save rooks

Importing the hook​

import { useKeys } from "rooks";


function Demo() {
const containerRef = React.useRef(document);
const inputRef = React.useRef(null);
const [isEventActive, setIsEventActive] = React.useState(true);
const [firstCallbackCallCount, setFirstCallbackCallCount] = React.useState(0);
["ControlLeft", "KeyS"],
() => {
alert("you presses ctrlLeft + s");
setFirstCallbackCallCount(firstCallbackCallCount + 1);
target: containerRef,
when: isEventActive,
["m", "r"],
(event) => {
// event.stopPropagation();
console.log("here you go m and r");
when: isEventActive,
target: inputRef,
return (
<div data-testid="container">
<p data-testid="first-callback">
Callback Run Count:
<p>Is events enabled ? ==> {isEventActive ? "Yes" : "No"}</p>
<p>Press CtrlLeft + s to see update in count</p>
onClick={() => {
Toggle event enabled
<div className="grid-container">
<input ref={inputRef} className="box1" tabIndex={1} />

render(<Demo />);


Argument valueTypeDescriptionDefualt
keyListArrayA list of keys to listenundefined
callbackFunctionCallback function to be called when event is triggeredundefined
optionsObjectSee table belowundefined
Options valueTypeDescriptionDefualt
whenBooleanCondition which if true, will enable the event listenerstrue
eventTypesArray of number or stringKeyboardevent types to listen for. Valid options are keyDown, keyPress and keyUp['keydown']
targetHTMLElement reftarget ref on which the events should be listened.window


No return value

Codesandbox Examples​

Basic Usage​

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