Key Bindings

The Editor component offers flexibility to define custom key bindings for your editor, via the keyBindingFn prop. This allows you to match key commands to behaviors in your editor component.


The default key binding function is getDefaultKeyBinding.

Since the Draft framework maintains tight control over DOM rendering and behavior, basic editing commands must be captured and routed through the key binding system.

getDefaultKeyBinding maps known OS-level editor commands to DraftEditorCommand strings, which then correspond to behaviors within component handlers.

For instance, Ctrl+Z (Win) and Cmd+Z (OSX) map to the 'undo' command, which then routes our handler to perform an EditorState.undo().


You may provide your own key binding function to supply custom command strings.

It is recommended that your function use getDefaultKeyBinding as a fall-through case, so that your editor may benefit from default commands.

With your custom command string, you may then implement the handleKeyCommand prop function, which allows you to map that command string to your desired behavior. If handleKeyCommand returns 'handled', the command is considered handled. If it returns 'not-handled', the command will fall through.


Let's say we have an editor that should have a "Save" mechanism to periodically write your contents to the server as a draft copy.

First, let's define our key binding function:

import {getDefaultKeyBinding, KeyBindingUtil} from 'draft-js';
const {hasCommandModifier} = KeyBindingUtil;
function myKeyBindingFn(e: SyntheticKeyboardEvent): string | null {
if (e.keyCode === 83 /* `S` key */ && hasCommandModifier(e)) {
return 'myeditor-save';
return getDefaultKeyBinding(e);

Our function receives a key event, and we check whether it matches our criteria: it must be an S key, and it must have a command modifier, i.e. the command key for OSX, or the control key otherwise.

If the command is a match, return a string that names the command. Otherwise, fall through to the default key bindings.

In our editor component, we can then make use of the command via the handleKeyCommand prop:

import {Editor} from 'draft-js';
class MyEditor extends React.Component {
constructor(props) {
this.handleKeyCommand = this.handleKeyCommand.bind(this);
// ...
handleKeyCommand(command: string): DraftHandleValue {
if (command === 'myeditor-save') {
// Perform a request to save your contents, set
// a new `editorState`, etc.
return 'handled';
return 'not-handled';
render() {
return (

The 'myeditor-save' command can be used for our custom behavior, and returning 'handled' instructs the editor that the command has been handled and no more work is required.

By returning 'not-handled' in all other cases, default commands are able to fall through to default handler behavior.

Last updated on by Jacob D. Castro