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Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.

A complete KeyListener example

In this example we are going to see how you can use a KeyListener in Java, in order to monitor key events that take place in your applications. This is particularly useful when you want to add some key functionality to your app and it’s very important you want to monitor that has a very intensive keyboard activity.

Basically, to use a KeyListener in Java you have to:

  • Create a new KeyListener.
  • Override the methods that correspond to the key events you want to monitor e.g keyPressed, keyReleased, keyTyped.
  • Create a JTextField component
  • Use it’s addKeyListener method to add to it the KeyListener you’ve created.

Let’s take a closer look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.Container;
import java.awt.event.KeyEvent;
import java.awt.event.KeyListener;

import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JTextField;

public class KeyListenerExample {

    public static void main(String args[]) {

  JFrame frame = new JFrame("Key Listener");

  Container contentPane = frame.getContentPane();

  KeyListener listener = new KeyListener() {


public void keyPressed(KeyEvent event) {

    printEventInfo("Key Pressed", event);



public void keyReleased(KeyEvent event) {

    printEventInfo("Key Released", event);



public void keyTyped(KeyEvent event) {

    printEventInfo("Key Typed", event);


private void printEventInfo(String str, KeyEvent e) {


    int code = e.getKeyCode();

    System.out.println("   Code: " + KeyEvent.getKeyText(code));

    System.out.println("   Char: " + e.getKeyChar());

    int mods = e.getModifiersEx();

    System.out.println("    Mods: "

+ KeyEvent.getModifiersExText(mods));

    System.out.println("    Location: "

+ keyboardLocation(e.getKeyLocation()));

    System.out.println("    Action? " + e.isActionKey());


private String keyboardLocation(int keybrd) {

    switch (keybrd) {


return "Right";

  case KeyEvent.KEY_LOCATION_LEFT:

return "Left";


return "NumPad";


return "Standard";



return "Unknown";




  JTextField textField = new JTextField();


  contentPane.add(textField, BorderLayout.NORTH);



This was an example on how to use KeyListener in Java.

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