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Detecting enter key pressed in JavaScript

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Masatoshi Nishiguchi
·May 30, 2016·

2 min read

Sometimes I want to detect the Enter key press event in JavaScript.

Vanilla JS

// Listen for the enter key press.
document.body.addEventListener('keyup', function (e) {
  if (e.keyCode == 13) {
    // Simulate clicking on the submit button.
    submitButton.click();
  }
});
// Listen for the enter key press.
document.body.addEventListener('keyup', function (e) {
  if (e.keyCode == 13) {
    // Simulate clicking on the submit button.
    triggerEvent(submitButton, 'click');
  }
});

/**
 * Trigger the specified event on the specified element.
 * @param  {Object} elem  the target element.
 * @param  {String} event the type of the event (e.g. 'click').
 */
function triggerEvent(elem, event) {
  // Create the event.
  var clickEvent = new Event(event);

  // Dispatch the event.
  elem.dispatchEvent(clickEvent);
}

jQuery

$('body').on('keyup', function (evt) {
  if (evt.keyCode == 13) {
    // Simulate clicking on the submit button.
    $button.trigger('click');
  }
});

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