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Create/manage modal keyboard shortcut environments

Usage: k = hs.hotkey.modal.new('cmd-shift', 'd') function k:entered() hs.alert'Entered mode' end function k:exited() hs.alert'Exited mode' end k:bind('', 'escape', function() k:exit() end) k:bind('', 'J', 'Pressed J',function() print'let the record show that J was pressed' end)

API Overview

API Documentation

Constructors

new
Signature hs.hotkey.modal.new(mods, key, message) -> hs.hotkey.modal object
Type Constructor
Description

Creates a new modal state, optionally with a global keyboard combination to trigger it

Parameters:

  • mods - A table or a string containing (as elements, or as substrings with any separator) the keyboard modifiers required, which should be zero or more of the following:
    • "cmd", "command" or "⌘"
    • "ctrl", "control" or "⌃"
    • "alt", "option" or "⌥"
    • "shift" or "⇧"
  • key - A string containing the name of a keyboard key (as found in hs.keycodes.map ), or a raw keycode number
  • message - A string containing a message to be displayed via hs.alert() when the hotkey has been triggered, or nil for no alert

Returns:

  • A new hs.hotkey.modal object

Notes:

  • If key is nil, no global hotkey will be registered (all other parameters will be ignored)

Methods

bind
Signature hs.hotkey.modal:bind(mods, key, message, pressedfn, releasedfn, repeatfn) -> hs.hotkey.modal object
Type Method
Description

Creates a hotkey that is enabled/disabled as the modal is entered/exited

Parameters:

  • mods - A table or a string containing (as elements, or as substrings with any separator) the keyboard modifiers required, which should be zero or more of the following:
    • "cmd", "command" or "⌘"
    • "ctrl", "control" or "⌃"
    • "alt", "option" or "⌥"
    • "shift" or "⇧"
  • key - A string containing the name of a keyboard key (as found in hs.keycodes.map ), or a raw keycode number
  • message - A string containing a message to be displayed via hs.alert() when the hotkey has been triggered, or nil for no alert
  • pressedfn - A function that will be called when the hotkey has been pressed, or nil
  • releasedfn - A function that will be called when the hotkey has been released, or nil
  • repeatfn - A function that will be called when a pressed hotkey is repeating, or nil

Returns:

  • The hs.hotkey.modal object for method chaining
enter
Signature hs.hotkey.modal:enter() -> hs.hotkey.modal object
Type Method
Description

Enters a modal state

Parameters:

  • None

Returns:

  • The hs.hotkey.modal object for method chaining

Notes:

  • This method will enable all of the hotkeys defined in the modal state via hs.hotkey.modal:bind(), and disable the hotkey that entered the modal state (if one was defined)
  • If the modal state was created with a keyboard combination, this method will be called automatically
entered
Signature hs.hotkey.modal:entered()
Type Method
Description

Optional callback for when a modal is entered

Parameters:

  • None

Returns:

  • None

Notes:

  • This is a pre-existing function that you should override if you need to use it; the default implementation does nothing.
exit
Signature hs.hotkey.modal:exit() -> hs.hotkey.modal object
Type Method
Description

Exits a modal state

Parameters:

  • None

Returns:

  • The hs.hotkey.modal object for method chaining

Notes:

  • This method will disable all of the hotkeys defined in the modal state, and enable the hotkey for entering the modal state (if one was defined)
exited
Signature hs.hotkey.modal:exited()
Type Method
Description

Optional callback for when a modal is exited

Parameters:

  • None

Returns:

  • None

Notes:

  • This is a pre-existing function that you should override if you need to use it; the default implementation does nothing.