Ctrl-click directive in Angular

Angular has lot of built-in directives for listening for events like click, dblclick, mousein, mouseout etc. But sometimes you need something more sophisticated, like detect ctrl-click.

I did not find any directive which would suit my needs, so I had to write my own. Be aware that normal browser behaviour for ctrl-click is to open link in new tab. So you need to be careful, where you use this, as you might confuse the user.

Feel free to remix / reuse the directive as needed. Comments are most welcome.

Happy coding

import { Directive, ElementRef, EventEmitter, OnDestroy, OnInit, Output, Renderer2 } from '@angular/core';

	// tslint:disable-next-line:directive-selector
	selector: '[ctrl-click]',
export class CtrlClickDirective implements OnInit, OnDestroy {
	private unsubscribe: any;

	// tslint:disable-next-line:no-output-rename
	@Output('ctrl-click') ctrlClickEvent = new EventEmitter();

	constructor(private readonly renderer: Renderer2, private readonly element: ElementRef) {}

	ngOnInit() {
		this.unsubscribe = this.renderer.listen(this.element.nativeElement, 'click', event => {
			if (event.ctrlKey) {
				// unselect accidentally selected text (browser default behaviour)


	ngOnDestroy() {
		if (!this.unsubscribe) {


You need to be aware of one possible drawback. You can not reliably listen for both (click) and (ctrl-click) on the same element. The (click) event will fire every time. If you need both event listeners, then you need to nest them, like this:

<div (click)="reactToClick()">
 <span (ctrl-click)="reactToControlClick()"></span>