Hacker News Shortcut


Version 1.7 details – 9/14/14
1, Kept up with HN changes – login link and “Next page” link on the first page

Version 1.6 details:
1, fixed bugs, improved stability
2, now fully support “Show HN” area
3, now fully support “Jobs” area
3, added the short key to go to “threads” area –


Version 1.5 details:
1, bug fix: messed-up layout of “Show HN” 1st page

Version 1.4 details:
1, bug fix: key press conflicts on textareas

Version 1.3 details:
1, bug fix: key press conflict on “comment” page

Hackercut is a Chrome extension that powers full keyboard navigation of Hacker News(

The source code and a better formatted instruction page of this extension is on GitHub:

After installing the extension, while on Hacker News website, press “?” key to bring up the instructions.


1, Arrow Navigation
Arrow Navigation is the most powerful feature of this extension, you can go through the story links using just your up/right arrow keys and open/vote up/view author/view comments as you like.

Press “Tab” to turn on arrow navigation mode, you should see a green arrow to the left of the first link: arrow

You can move the arrow up and down using your arrow keys, then you may choose to:

ctrl(⌘)+enter open current link in new tab
v vote it up
a select its submitter(which you can then use ctrl+enter to open in new tab)
c select its comments

And pressing “esc” key will turn off Arrow Navigation mode.

2, Page Switching
Switching pages with Hackercut is just one key press away:

right arrow key next page
n “newest” page
m “comments” page*
k “ask” page
j “jobs” page*
s “submit” page
h Hacker News front page
l “login” page

*arrow navigation does not work on “comments” and “jobs” pages at this moment.

I hope you can better enjoy Hacker News with Hackercut.

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