Over a million developers have joined DZone.

Handling Keyboard Sortcuts in JavaFx

· Java Zone

Bitbucket is for the code that takes us to Mars, decodes the human genome, or drives your next car. What will your code do? Get started with Bitbucket today, it's free.

A lot of times you need to to assign some functionality to some keyboard shortcut like F5 or Ctrl+R  in your application. JavaFx also provides KeyCodeCombination API for handling multiple key events.

scene.setOnKeyPressed(new EventHandler<KeyEvent>() {
 public void handle(final KeyEvent keyEvent) {
   if (keyEvent.getCode() == KeyCode.F5) {
    System.out.println("F5 pressed");
    //Stop letting it do anything else

final KeyCombination keyComb1 = new KeyCodeCombination(KeyCode.R,
scene.addEventHandler(KeyEvent.KEY_RELEASED, new EventHandler() {
                public void handle(KeyEvent event) {
                    if (keyComb1.match(event)) {
                        System.out.println("Ctrl+R pressed");


Bitbucket is the Git solution for professional teams who code with a purpose, not just as a hobby. Get started today, it's free.


Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

The best of DZone straight to your inbox.

Please provide a valid email address.

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}