HTML event attribute onkeypress

The onkeypress attribute event is triggered when user pressed a key.

The order of events related to the onkeydown event:

  • onkeydown
  • onkeypress
  • onkeyup

What's new in HTML5



<element onkeypress="script">

Supported Tags

All HTML elements, EXCEPT:


Browser compatibility

onkeypress Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


<!DOCTYPE html>
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<input type="text" onkeypress="myFunction()">

function myFunction() {
    console.log("pressed a key");


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Example 2

The following code shows how to listen to key press event for TextArea.

<script type="text/javascript">
  function handleEvent(oEvent) {<!-- ww  w  .  j a  v  a  2 s. c  o  m-->
    var oTextbox = document.getElementById("txt1");
    oTextbox.value += "\n>" + oEvent.type;
  <P>Type some characters into the first textbox.</p>
    <textarea id="txtInput" rows="15" cols="50"
      onkeydown="handleEvent(event)" onkeyup="handleEvent(event)"
    <textarea id="txt1" rows="15" cols="50"></textarea>

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