Capturing Enter KeyPress Event With jQuery

One of my most popular articles at my personal site,, is an article I wrote a few years back on how to capture the “Enter” key using JavaScript. I was really into the and Prototype JavaScript libraries back in those days. Since then, I have become quite a fan of jQuery. So I thought I would post an update on how to do the  same with jQuery.

Make sure you include the jQuery library:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>


<input type="text" id="text_field_1" value="" />

The JavaScript:

$('#text_field_1').keypress(function(e) {
if (e.which == 13) {
alert('The enter key was pressed!');

Yes, it really is that simple. Try it out and let me know if I missed something.