Ramakrishnan Ramakrishnan - 1 year ago 316
jQuery Question

How to detect Ctrl+V, Ctrl+C using JavaScript?

How to detect ctrl+v, ctrl+c using Javascript?

I need to restrict pasting in my textareas, end user should not copy and paste the content, user should only type text in textarea.

How to achieve this?

Answer Source

I just did this out of interest. I agree it's not the right thing to do, but I think it should be the op's decision... Also the code could easily be extended to add functionality, rather than take it away (like a more advanced clipboard, or Ctrl+s triggering a server-side save).

$(document).ready(function() {
    var ctrlDown = false,
        ctrlKey = 17,
        vKey = 86,
        cKey = 67;

    $(document).keydown(function(e) {
        if (e.keyCode == ctrlKey) ctrlDown = true;
    }).keyup(function(e) {
        if (e.keyCode == ctrlKey) ctrlDown = false;

    $(".no-copy-paste").keydown(function(e) {
        if (ctrlDown && (e.keyCode == vKey || e.keyCode == cKey)) return false;

Also just to clarify, this script requires the jQuery library.

EDIT: removed 3 redundant lines (involving e.which) thanks to Tim Down's suggestion (see comments)