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This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The deprecated KeyboardEvent.keyIdentifier read-only property returns a "key identifier" string that can be used to determine what key was pressed. Its non-deprecated replacement is KeyboardEvent.key.


Not part of any current specification. This property was part of an old draft of the DOM Level 3 Events Specification, but it was removed in later drafts in favor of KeyboardEvent.key.

Browser compatibility

We're converting our compatibility data into a machine-readable JSON format. This compatibility table still uses the old format, because we haven't yet converted the data it contains. Find out how you can help!

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 26.0 (probably earlier)
54.0 (removed)
No support No support 15.0
41.0 (removed)
5.1 (probably earlier)
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support (Yes) (added)
54.0 (removed)
No support No support (Yes) (added)
41.0 (removed)
5.1 (probably earlier) 26.0 (probably earlier)
54.0 (removed)

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