Skip to main content

Dead simple cross-platform keyboard & mouse global input capture solution for Python 3.6+

Project description


``sneakysnek`` is a minimalistic, cross-platform global input capture
solution for Python 3.6+. While there are certainly already offerings in
terms of input libraries, they generally focus more on sending input,
with capturing only being an afterthought. ``sneakysnek`` is dead simple
in both its design and how you end up using it. You will be up and
running in less than 5 lines of code and will start receiving lean &
universal events on all 3 supported platforms (Linux, Windows, macOS).

This library was built with the goal of powering the Gameplay Recording
feature in the `Serpent.AI
Framework <>`__ where keyboard &
mouse inputs are collected alongside frame sequences to build machine
learning datasets.

Feel free to study the code to learn more about input capturing and use
it responsibly!




pip install sneakysnek

Zero dependencies on Windows. Will install ``pyobjc-framework-Quartz``
on macOS and ``python-xlib`` on Linux.


Once installed in your Python environment, you can take it for a quick
spin to test it on your platform. Just run ``sneakysnek``.


Using ``sneakysnek`` is ridiculously simple:

.. code:: python

from sneakysnek.recorder import Recorder

recorder = Recorder.record(print) # Replace print with any callback that accepts an 'event' arg
# Some blocking code in your main thread...

``sneakysnek`` runs its capturing and callbacks in separate threads. It
should not leave anything behind in most cases. For optimal cleanliness,
run ``recorder.stop()`` from your main thread when you are done


The callback you provide your recorder with will receive one of the
following 2 event objects:


Represents an event captured from the keyboard.


- *event*: One of ``KeyboardEvents.DOWN``, ``KeyboardEvents.UP``
- *keyboard_key*: One entry from the `KeyboardKey
enumeration <>`__
- *timestamp*: A ``time.time()`` timestamp


Represents an event captured from the mouse.


- *event*: One of ``MouseEvents.CLICK``. ``MouseEvents.SCROLL``,
- *button*: One entry from the `MouseButton
enumeration <>`__
- *direction*: One of ``"DOWN"``, ``"UP"``
- *velocity*: An integer representing the velocity of scroll events
(only >1 on macOS)
- *x*: An integer representing the x coordinate of the mouse position
- *y*: An integer representing the y coordinate of the mouse position
- *timestamp*: A ``time.time()`` timestamp

Enjoying this?

Awesome! For more content, feel free to:

- Learn more about the Serpent.AI Python Framework -
`Website <>`__ - `Blog <>`__ -
`Repo <>`__
- Watch some Python development on
`Twitch <>`__ &
`YouTube <>`__
- Follow Serpent.AI on `Twitter <>`__


.. |image0| image::

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distribution

sneakysnek-0.1.1.tar.gz (10.1 kB view hashes)

Uploaded source

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page