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SDL2 Event Handling

How can I handle multiple types of events in SDL2, such as keyboard and mouse events?

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SDL2 provides an event system that allows you to handle various types of events, including keyboard and mouse events. Here's an example of how to handle multiple event types in an SDL2 application:

#include <SDL.h>

#include <iostream>

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {

  SDL_Window* window{SDL_CreateWindow(
    "Event Handling",
    800, 600, SDL_WINDOW_SHOWN

  SDL_Event event;
  bool quit = false;
  while (!quit) {
    while (SDL_PollEvent(&event)) {
      switch (event.type) {
        case SDL_QUIT:
          quit = true;
        case SDL_KEYDOWN:
          if (event.key.keysym.sym
            == SDLK_ESCAPE) {
            quit = true;
          } else {
            std::cout << "Key pressed: "
              << SDL_GetKeyName(
                event.key.keysym.sym) << '\n';
          std::cout << "Mouse button pressed: "
            << event.button.button << "\n";
        case SDL_MOUSEMOTION:
          std::cout << "Mouse position: ("
            << event.motion.x << ", "
            << event.motion.y << ")\n";


  return 0;

In this example, we use a switch statement inside the event loop to handle different event types. The event.type field determines the type of event that occurred.

  • For the¬†SDL_QUIT¬†event, we set the¬†quit¬†flag to¬†true¬†to exit the application.
  • For the¬†SDL_KEYDOWN¬†event, we check if the pressed key is the Escape key ( SDLK_ESCAPE) to quit the application. Otherwise, we print the name of the pressed key using¬†SDL_GetKeyName.
  • For the¬†SDL_MOUSEBUTTONDOWN¬†event, we print the mouse button that was pressed using¬†event.button.button.
  • For the¬†SDL_MOUSEMOTION¬†event, we print the current mouse position using¬†event.motion.x¬†and¬†event.motion.y.

You can extend this event handling code to include additional event types and perform specific actions based on your application's requirements.

Remember to include the necessary headers and initialize SDL2 properly before handling events. Also, make sure to clean up resources, such as windows and renderers, before quitting the application.

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