How To Detect Keypress In Jquery

Detecting keypress events in jQuery is quite simple and can be achieved with just a few lines of code. In this blog post, we will go through a step-by-step guide on detecting keypress events using jQuery and explore various keypress-related methods available in the jQuery library.

Step 1: Including the jQuery Library

To get started, you need to include the jQuery library in your HTML file. You can either download it from the official jQuery website or use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) link like the one provided by Google:

<script src=""></script>

Step 2: Creating an HTML Element to Detect Keypress

Next, you need to create an HTML element that will be used to detect the keypress event. For this example, we will use a simple <input> element of type “text”:

<input type="text" id="keypress-input" placeholder="Type here...">

Step 3: Writing the jQuery Code to Detect Keypress

Now that you have the input element and jQuery library in place, it’s time to write the jQuery code to detect the keypress event. You can do this by using the .keypress() method in jQuery.

$(document).ready(function () {
    $("#keypress-input").keypress(function (event) {
        console.log("Keypress detected!");

In the above code, we first wait for the document to be ready using the $(document).ready() function. Then, we target the input element with the ID “keypress-input” using $(“#keypress-input”) and attach a keypress event listener using the .keypress() method. Inside the callback function, we simply log a message to the console indicating that a keypress has been detected.

Getting the Pressed Key Information

In some cases, you might want to know which key has been pressed. You can easily obtain this information using the event object that is passed to the callback function.

$(document).ready(function () {
    $("#keypress-input").keypress(function (event) {
        console.log("Keypress detected! Key code: " + event.which);
        console.log("Pressed key: " + String.fromCharCode(event.which));

In the modified code above, we use the event.which property to get the key code of the pressed key, and we use the String.fromCharCode() method to convert the key code to the respective character.


In this blog post, we have explored how to detect keypress events in jQuery using the .keypress() method. You can now use this knowledge to create interactive and responsive user interfaces that react to user input in real-time.