10 Best Virtual Keyboard Components In JavaScript (2022 Update)

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What Is Virtual Keyboard?

A virtual keyboard is an input device that enables you to enter text in one or more languages without an actual physical keyboard. It emulates a physical keyboard, making it possible that users can type on it just like they would on a normal keyboard.

A lot of user interface or application development projects nowadays have some sort of virtual keyboard. This happens because mobile devices have limited space to project a full QWERTY keypad upon their screen, and virtual keyboards are easier to configure and use.

There really is no limit when it comes to creating a virtual keyboard. But what type should you create for your next development project? Below are 10 beautiful and elegant virtual keyboard plugins that are worth your time checking out.

The Best Virtual Keyboard.

Virtual keyboards are used to provide an alternative method of typing data into a text field than using a physical keyboard. They are often used in applications like chat or surveys where only short answers are expected. Sometimes even username or email validation require a virtual keyboard, due to the complex nature of passwords or email addresses.

This article is about 10 best, free, and open source jQuery & Vanilla JavaScript Virtual Keyboard plugins which help you implement them easily on your web applications. Enjoy.

Originally Published Nov 06 2019, updated Mar 05 2022

Table of contents:

jQuery Virtual Keyboard Plugins:

jQuery Virtual Keyboard Plugin - Keyboard

Keyboard is a jQuery plugin built with jQuery UI that adds an onscreen virtual Keyboard to your project , which will popup when a specified entry field is focused.

jQuery Virtual Keyboard Plugin - Keyboard

[Demo] [Download]


Minimal Keypad For Web & Mobile - PINpad

A tiny jQuery based virtual pin pad (also called numeric keypad) that can be useful in your credit card form to accept password strings or personal identification number.

Minimal Keypad For Web & Mobile - PINpad

[Demo] [Download]


Fullscreen Virtual Keyboard Plugin For jQuery - MOK

MOK(Multilingual Onscreen Keyboard) is a jQuery plugin for creating a fullscreen virtual keyboard that will popup when a specified text field is focused.

Fullscreen Virtual Keyboard Plugin For jQuery - MOK

[Demo] [Download]


jQuery Plugin for Simple Virtual Keyboard - keypad

keypad is a simple jQuery plugin that adds a customizable virtual keyboard next to your input field when focused on.

jQuery Plugin for Simple Virtual Keyboard - keypad

[Demo] [Download]


Mobile-friendly Virtual NumPad Plugin For jQuery - digitalKeyboard

A jQuery plugin that reveals a touch-friendly virtual numeric keypad (with or without random numbers) from the bottom of the screen as you start typing in an input field.

Mobile-friendly Virtual NumPad Plugin For jQuery - digitalKeyboard

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JavaScript Virtual Keyboard Plugins:

Multi-language Themeable Virtual Keyboard/Numpad – KioskBoard

KioskBoard is a JavaScript plugin to create multi-language virtual keyboards and Numpads for text fields and content editable elements.

Multi-language Themeable Virtual Keyboard/Numpad – KioskBoard

[Demo] [Download]


Responsive Mobile-compatible Virtual Keyboard In JavaScript – simple-keyboard

A simple yet customizable, fully responsive on-screen virtual keyboard for both mobile, tablet and desktop.

Responsive Mobile-compatible Virtual Keyboard In JavaScript – simple-keyboard

[Demo] [Download]


Custom Virtual Keyboard For Text Fields

Yet another on-screen virtual keyboard plugin for text fields (input and textarea), built in pure JavaScript.

Custom Virtual Keyboard For Text Fields

[Demo] [Download]


On-screen Virtual keyboard/Keypad In JavaScript – A-Keyboard

A small JavaScript library to create themeable virtual keyboard, keypad, mobile keyboard on the screen.

On-screen Virtual keyboard/Keypad In JavaScript – A-Keyboard

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JavaScript Virtual Keyboard For Desktop

A pretty clean virtual keyboard that can be attached to any text field on the webpage.

Vanilla JavaScript Virtual Keyboard For Desktop

[Demo] [Download]


Conclusion:

Many developers are concerned about maximizing website usability, especially on mobile devices. There has been an influx of virtual keyboard plugins that add functionality and improve user interactions on websites. These plugins have not only increased customer conversions but also customer satisfaction.

Looking for more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome Virtual Keyboards on the web & mobile? See jQuery Virtual Keyboard and JavaScript Virtual Keyboard sections for more details.