Working on webpage test automation with Cypress atm. Ran into a problem.

  • I need to simulate a pressing of the ESCAPE key from a user.

Cypress has its own type() method, but it is required to chain off a DOM element, e.g. it has to be implemented this way:


I want to simulate a simple key press of ESCAPE without involving any DOM element. Does anyone know how to do it?

I have tried


which does not work.


I tried

cy.get('body').trigger('keydown', { keyCode: 27, which: 27 });//27 is the keycode for the escape key

Did not work either. I guess there is a mis-alignment between my expectation and Cypress specification.

  • What I want to do is a simple key press from keyboard while Cypress has its type() to type into an element, they could be two different things.

3 Answers 3


Found an answer:

  cy.get('body').trigger('keydown', { keyCode: 27});
  cy.get('body').trigger('keyup', { keyCode: 27});

The amount of time cy.wait() waits is arbitrary. It depends on the application under test; but 200 mS seems to be working for me too.

  • As of april 2022 this no longer works. I think a jQuery solution would be more appropriate as explained by Gleb himself in a Youtube video.
    – thednp
    Apr 14 at 15:44
  • @thednp Do you have a link to that YouTube video? Or some more detail to help me search for it? Jul 13 at 22:12
  • @MatthewWalker I can't remember the exact video, you might look for Gleb Bahmutov's channel on YT and search through his videos. You can also have a look at my color-picker Cypress tests on github, I managed to get it to work eventually, despite me saying it doesn't. The problem is always related to sync/async assertions, you might want to see what you do (ACTION and CONTEXT => assertion) before triggering events, assertions & actions can overlap, so you can also set separate it() for event assertions. Good luck.
    – thednp
    Jul 14 at 5:04

The recommended command is:


I'm using this to disclose pop-ups and where it makes sense to use ESCape as a User.

Cypress version: 8.3.0


I was able to simulate native keypresses by utilizing the following repo: https://github.com/dmtrKovalenko/cypress-real-events

With the included cy.realPress('Escape') command it should work like a charm for you.

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