Saucymeatman Saucymeatman - 6 months ago 17
Java Question

How do I check if the user is pressing a key?

In java I have a program that needs to check continuously if a user is pressing a key.
So In psuedocode, somthing like

if (isPressing("w"))
{
//do somthing
}


Thanks in advance!

Answer

In java you don't check if a key is pressed, instead you listen to KeyEvents. The right way to achieve your goal is to register a KeyEventDispatcher, and implement it to maintain the state of the desired key:

import java.awt.KeyEventDispatcher;
import java.awt.KeyboardFocusManager;
import java.awt.event.KeyEvent;

public class IsKeyPressed {
    private static boolean wPressed = false;
    public static boolean isWPressed() {
        synchronized (IsKeyPressed.class) {
            return wPressed;
        }
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        KeyboardFocusManager.getCurrentKeyboardFocusManager().addKeyEventDispatcher(new KeyEventDispatcher() {

            @Override
            public boolean dispatchKeyEvent(KeyEvent ke) {
                synchronized (IsKeyPressed.class) {
                    switch (ke.getID()) {
                    case KeyEvent.KEY_PRESSED:
                        if (ke.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_W) {
                            wPressed = true;
                        }
                        break;

                    case KeyEvent.KEY_RELEASED:
                        if (ke.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_W) {
                            wPressed = false;
                        }
                        break;
                    }
                    return false;
                }
            }
        });
    }
}

Then you can always use:

if (IsKeyPressed.isWPressed()) {
    // do your thing.
}

You can, of course, use same method to implement isPressing("<some key>") with a map of keys and their state wrapped inside IsKeyPressed.