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Last Updated : 07 Jun, 2022
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kbhit() functionality is basically stand for the Keyboard Hit. This function is deals with keyboard pressing 

kbhit() is present in conio.h and used to determine if a key has been pressed or not. To use kbhit function in your program you should include the header file “conio.h”. If a key has been pressed then it returns a non zero value otherwise returns zero. 

CPP




// C++ program to demonstrate use of kbhit()
#include <iostream.h>
#include <conio.h>
 
int main()
{
    while (!kbhit())
        printf("Press a key\n");
 
    return 0;
}


Output:

"Press a key" will keep printing on the 
console until the user presses a key on the keyboard.

Note : kbhit() is not a standard library function and should be avoided. Program to fetch the pressed key using kbhit 

CPP




// C++ program to fetch key pressed using
// kbhit()
#include <iostream>
#include <conio.h>
using namespace std;
int main()
{
    char ch;
    while (1) {
 
        if ( kbhit() ) {
 
            // Stores the pressed key in ch
            ch = getch();
 
            // Terminates the loop
            // when escape is pressed
            if (int(ch) == 27)
                break;
 
            cout << "\nKey pressed= " << ch;
        }
    }
    return 0;
}


Output:

Prints all the keys that will be pressed on
 the keyboard until the user presses Escape key

C




#include <stdio.h>
// include conio.h file for kbhit function
#include <conio.h>
main()
{
    // declare variable
    char ch;
    printf("Enter key ESC to exit \n");
    // define infinite loop for taking keys
    while (1) {
        if (kbhit) {
            // fetch typed character into ch
            ch = getch();
            if ((int)ch == 27)
                // when esc button is pressed, then it will exit from loop
                break;
            printf("You have entered : %c\n", ch);
        }
    }
}


Output :
Enter key ESC to exit
You have entered : i
You have entered : P
You have entered : S
You have entered : w
You have entered : 7
You have entered : /
You have entered : *
You have entered : +



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