Setting a wxPython Global Hotkey with a Regular Character

Posted on: 2014-08-31 22:33:21

If you're trying to set up a global hotkey in Windows, you can use the win32con.VK_* codes to set a hotkey that uses a regular character (e.g. Control-Alt-B), but on OSX it's not as clear. However, a quick look at the patch reveals that all you need to do is pass the ASCII character code for the character you want by using ord() like so:

result = self.RegisterHotKey(hkid,

And now, when you hit Control-Shift-R, the event will fire.

For what it's worth, you can also use ord() with wx.GetKeyState() to detect if a character has been pressed on the keyboard. Not sure how this works for international apps, but it works great for my purposes:

print wx.GetKeyState(ord('h')) # Prints true if the 'h' key is currently pressed