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[SOLVED] Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« on: April 05, 2021, 07:59:24 pm »
Hello there,

I want to bauild an application, where I need to capture global Hotkeys to activate something in the app.

I've searched around and found https://github.com/sysrpl/Cross.Codebot/, but AFAIK it only works on Linux and only supports gtk2(I tried it, since I am on linux), but I want to make my Application as much as possible cross platform.
I've also found https://github.com/salvadorbs/AsuiteComps, but I read here(https://forum.lazarus.freepascal.org/index.php/topic,52496), that it requires a c support library and I'm not sure how to use it correctly and how to compile it since I would probably have to do it myself.
I also found multiple results that showed how to do this in windows only, but since I want it to mostly work cross-platform or if not, work on linux atleast, that is not enough.
 
Can anybody help me with the library by El Salvador or provide antoher way I can get cross platform global hotkeys?

I appreciate every help I can get and if my english seems off sometimes, it's not my mother tongue.

EDIT: I treid the library by El Salvador and for gtk2 it works, but when trying it with Qt5, it says the previously mentioned c library is missing, which I don't know how to compile.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2021, 10:44:01 pm by JoeJoeTV »
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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2021, 08:12:32 pm »
Hey JoeJoeTV,

Can I ask for a clarification?

When you say global, do you mean that your app can be out of focus/minimized/on system tray and still capture that key combination?

Or is it just when your app is focused?

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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 08:39:27 pm »
Yeah, I mean when the app isn't focused, also maybe when it is minimized to the tray, yso you can link hotkeys to actions in the application.
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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2021, 08:47:17 pm »
Hey JoeJoeTV,

Yeah, I mean when the app isn't focused, also maybe when it is minimized to the tray, yso you can link hotkeys to actions in the application.

Many thanks for the clarification!!

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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2021, 08:56:37 pm »
Hey JoeJoeTV,

Here's another link to add to the pile of stuff to research: Global keyboard hook

I'm still digging for more.

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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2021, 09:01:55 pm »
Hey JoeJoeTV,

Here's another one for windows via Delphi help: https://forum.lazarus.freepascal.org/index.php/topic,17911.msg99932.html#msg99932

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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2021, 09:20:26 pm »
Hey JoeJoeTV,

And I've reached the same conclusion as you: Loads for Windows but only Codebot for GTK.

Sorry!

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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2021, 09:42:53 pm »
Hello there,

I want to bauild an application, where I need to capture global Hotkeys to activate something in the app.

I've searched around and found https://github.com/sysrpl/Cross.Codebot/, but AFAIK it only works on Linux and only supports gtk2(I tried it, since I am on linux), but I want to make my Application as much as possible cross platform.
I've also found https://github.com/salvadorbs/AsuiteComps, but I read here(https://forum.lazarus.freepascal.org/index.php/topic,52496), that it requires a c support library and I'm not sure how to use it correctly and how to compile it since I would probably have to do it myself.
I also found multiple results that showed how to do this in windows only, but since I want it to mostly work cross-platform or if not, work on linux atleast, that is not enough.
 
Can anybody help me with the library by El Salvador or provide antoher way I can get cross platform global hotkeys?

I appreciate every help I can get and if my english seems off sometimes, it's not my mother tongue.

EDIT: I treid the library by El Salvador and for gtk2 it works, but when trying it with Qt5, it says the previously mentioned c library is missing, which I don't know how to compile.
In qt5, you must build (qmake, make & make install) QGHotkeyHookPas (https://www.github.com/salvadorbs/AsuiteComps/tree/main/library%2Fplatform%2Funix%2FQGHotkeyHookPas) and distribuite it with your application. It is a very simple c library to install the event filter for qtsystem (I haven't found a way to do it in pascal). In simple words,

In a nutshell, the library allows you to install an event filter for QCoreApplications (see https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qcoreapplication.html#installNativeEventFilter). Also I had a hard time recovering keyCode and keyState data in FreePascal, so I had to do it in C and then pass it into FreePascal. (see https://github.com/salvadorbs/AsuiteComps/blob/85aa9ed667f5016f8ff285b89a738dfa55fce677/library/platform/unix/QGHotkeyHookPas/src/qghotkey_hook.h#L76)

In Windows (see https://github.com/salvadorbs/AsuiteComps/blob/main/library/platform/win/Hotkeys.Manager.Platform.pas) and gtk2 (see https://github.com/salvadorbs/AsuiteComps/blob/85aa9ed667f5016f8ff285b89a738dfa55fce677/library/platform/unix/Hotkeys.Manager.Platform.pas#L466), this operation is very simple and you can do it in pascal. In GTK3, I don't know. Maybe you can use a GTK3 hook library and binding it in pascal.

Edit: More information for QT and links.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2021, 09:52:36 am by El Salvador »

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Re: Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2021, 10:43:46 pm »
Hi @El Salvador,

Thank you for helping me with this, I got it to build and tried it with a fes test programs and it worked.
I will mark this thread as solved now.

Again, thank you, I can now continue working on my small project. :)
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Re: [SOLVED] Capturing Key Combinations Globally
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2021, 07:35:27 pm »
I'm glad it all works. By the way, these days I managed to add support for the GTK3 widgetset (strangely it doesn't work on distro KDE based, but on Ubuntu I had no problem).

 

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