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How to show Input Key in Text / String

I want to show "Press E to interact" as a text, but instead of the "E" I want to display the actual mapped button for that specific input. How do I create a text or string like that?

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asked Mar 17 '15 at 10:13 AM in Blueprint Scripting

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avatar image Blue669 Jun 06 '15 at 11:05 AM

bump Is there no way to get what key an input is assigned to? Not exposed to Blueprint?

avatar image Narghile Jun 06 '15 at 12:55 PM


Are you allowing players to map there own Keys?


avatar image Blue669 Jun 06 '15 at 01:00 PM

Sure, that's the point of assigning input keys, isn't it?

avatar image Narghile Jun 06 '15 at 01:09 PM


Sorry mate but you question was just how to display it.

So you have already worked out how to Set up the Key Maping so it works, so this should be sort of simple then.

Can you show how you have set this up so we can have a look and give some suggestions.


avatar image Blue669 Jun 06 '15 at 01:13 PM

Currently I'm just using a string that says "Hold E to pick up item". What I want to do is somehow take the correct key of that input and then build a string around it. Something like "Hold" {inputkey} "to pick up item"

avatar image Narghile Jun 06 '15 at 01:15 PM

Ok, have you played with appending stuff?


avatar image Narghile Jun 06 '15 at 01:34 PM

This will make a String from any variables.

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avatar image Narghile Jun 06 '15 at 01:36 PM

It goes on and on my friend.

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avatar image Blue669 Jun 06 '15 at 01:41 PM

Yes, I know. Now tell me how you define that variable so it is the input key that is assigned to it.

avatar image Narghile Jun 06 '15 at 01:45 PM

You are having this for when for you go near a BP such as, Pickup Item, Open Door, Talk to shopkeep?


avatar image Blue669 Jun 06 '15 at 01:47 PM

Yes, text shows up when near an interactable object.

avatar image KWS Jun 06 '15 at 02:10 PM

OP is not asking how to append strings.

Rather how to store "typed" text in a variable.

avatar image frezer748 May 04 '18 at 07:02 PM

Are there any updates on this?

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Yes. In fact, since 4.17 this is a supported feature in the Unreal Engine.

To access any action key name, add the following nodes:

"Get Input Settings" > "Get Action Mapping by Name" > enter the name of the action you want > "Break Action Key Mapping Struct" > from the KEY > Get Display Name

For axis mappings, just replace action with axis and do the same steps.

If player has multiple key bindings for the same action, you can add them one after another and place an "or" between the keys or just take the first you get. You can also filter out Gamepad buttons and display them seperately if you add a branch with a "is gamepad key" from the key in the struct.

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answered May 04 '18 at 07:53 PM

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avatar image frezer748 May 04 '18 at 08:12 PM

That's awesome! Thank you very much, you've probably saved me a lot of time figuring this out! :-)

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EDIT: Thought I should make this a bit clearer.

There's an override function called OnKeyDown in UMG Blueprint.

1) Create a Widget Blueprint.

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2) Open it and switch to the Graph view, and in the Functions section of the My Blueprint Panel, Click to open the Override dropdown.

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3) Select "OnKeyDown"

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4) There's a bunch of things you can do but here's a quick example to print the keypress to screen.

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5) Add the following in the Level Blueprint, CharacterBP or somewhere to add the Widget to the viewport. Select the name of your Widget in the Class selector of the Create Widget node.

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6) I added a button as something to click on to make sure the UI has focus.

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7) When playing, hit Shift+F1 to release the mouse, click the button for focus and type away!

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But if that doesn't work out for you, take a look at Rama's UMG Rebindable Key System, It's free and appears to do everything you need! (Original Project is for 4.5, but a vid was posted later in the thread showing how to use in 4.7+)

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answered Jun 06 '15 at 03:01 PM

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avatar image KWS Jul 02 '15 at 11:33 PM

Editing an answer might not trigger a re-notification email, so I'm bumping with this comment in hopes that it prevents the Asker from missing the updated info above. :)

avatar image Blue669 Jul 03 '15 at 06:08 AM

This is interesting, but not an answer to my initial question. Maybe this is useful if you want to rebind keys, but it seems this is not supported in Blueprint right now.

The Rama Plugin doesn't work for some reason, it crashes my application.

avatar image gagallo7 Jan 28 '17 at 09:10 PM

I needed to create this key consumer widget without any component in canvas. To do that, you need to:

Figure 1) Set Widget's inherited variable bIsFocusable to true.

Figure 2) Call SetKeyboardFocus on the widget from PlayerController, or anything that may deal with input.

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I think this is a good place for a feature request. We need the following nodes:

Retrieve the assigned action/axis mapping keys.

Reassign action/axis mappings at runtime.

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answered Jul 24 '15 at 10:39 PM

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Could you store some of that data in the BP it self, and activate on overlap.

So when the character chooses what their bindings are, you set a Var for each in an array or just as. This is now "E" Var.

When the BP get spawned, and gets the "Key" Stoke VAR it needs, such as "Q".

On begin overlap, you can access that VAR and input that in to your string.


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answered Jun 06 '15 at 01:55 PM

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avatar image Blue669 Jun 06 '15 at 02:06 PM

It seems that setting different keys for input is also not supported in Blueprint...

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I had the same issue and wanted to display the key players had selected inside my strings. So If you go to your Project Settings -> Input. You can Edit your keys for your game. In my case I wanted to have a "Use" key and wanted that key to appear every time i wanted to Use something such as a door or to pickup an item. alt text

So once you set your Inputs go back to whatever blueprint your wanting the string on and get the Node for your Input. In my case it's "Use" So I type "Use" and "Input Action Use" appears. Next drag a wire off of the "Key" pin and type get "Key Display Name" then you can use that in your strings. I use my HUD class to display Text on my players HUD for hints. So mine looks like this: alt text

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answered Aug 21 '18 at 08:31 PM

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avatar image Blue669 Aug 21 '18 at 08:41 PM

Not sure if your method would actually work since the "key" is part of your event. I've answered my own question (since it's been years when I first posted this) just above your post. Maybe my answer can give you satisfying results as well.

avatar image WhippyTrout Aug 21 '18 at 11:30 PM

Yea I just started getting into UE4 so I didn't think about it. Your right. My way won't initially give any value. It just gives you "NONE" on your Strings until you press the "Use" key you assigned. :( Oh well.

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