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Keyboard commands
~ ! @ # $  % ^ & * ( ) _ = +
Q W E R T Y U I O P { } |
q w e r t y u i o p [ ] \
A S D F G H J K L : "
a s d f g h j k l ; '
Z X C V B N M < > ?
z x c v b n m , . /
q w e r t u i o p Alt
a s d f j l Alt
c v n m ? Alt
A C R T O Alt
a c d o p r t [ Ctrl

You need a keyboard to play NetHack. This becomes of concern when you try to port NetHack to some platform that does not normally have a keyboard.

For an overview of the various characters that you may type, see ASCII. Our ASCII page has links for most of the characters.

Some window ports also let you use a mouse. NetHack will convert your mouse clicks into equivalent key presses.

The following keyboard layout shows all but the debug commands (click to view larger):

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