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Keyboard shortcuts on React Native

Most people operate their smartphones with touch, but some people use an external keyboard. Learning and using keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time. Shortcuts should always use a modifier key, such as CTRL or CMD to avoid clashing with system shortcuts.

React Native does not support binding custom key events for shortcuts. The package react-native-keyevent allows you to capture external keyboard keys. However, it only works on Android.

componentDidMount() {
    KeyEvent.onKeyMultipleListener((keyEvent) => {
        console.log(`onKeyMultiple keyCode: ${keyEvent.keyCode}`);
        console.log(`Action: ${keyEvent.action}`);
        console.log(`Characters: ${keyEvent.characters}`);

componentWillUnmount() {


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