You can perform many tasks in Nuclide from the keyboard. Below are the various keyboard shortcuts available for the sets of functionality that Nuclide has to offer.

Atom has many more keyboard shortcuts available above and beyond what Nuclide offers. To get a complete list of the keybindings, you can go to Packages | Settings View | Show Keybindngs.

You can create your own custom keybindings beyond those Nuclide provides.


Here is a legend of symbols that are associated with the keys shown in the keybindings.

Key Symbol
Alt or Option on macOS
Cmd on macOS
Ctrl ^

If you see a comma (,) in a key sequence that means then, as in “press this sequence, then press that sequence”.

Common Bindings

These are also described in their respective sections below, but this provides a quick access table for the most common shortcuts provided by Nuclide.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Description
Cmd-T Ctrl-T Use OmniSearch to open files, etc.
Cmd-\ Ctrl-\ Toggle the Project Explorer.
Ctrl-0 Ctrl-0 Toggle between the Editing Area and the Project Explorer’s File Tree.
Cmd-K-<arrow> Ctrl-K-<arrow> Split the current file to the pane represented by <arrow>, where <arrow> is the down, up, left or right arrow.
Option-Shift-Cmd-D Alt-Shift-Ctrl-D Open the Diff View.
Option-Shift-D Alt-Shift-D Open the Code Diagnostics window.


These shortcuts provide quick access to development features such as Diff View, Code Diagnostics (e.g, linting), etc.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Option-Shift-Cmd-D Alt-Shift-Ctrl-D nuclide-diff-view:open This will open the Diff View, which shows you the difference between the original version of a file and the current version of the file on which changes were made.
Option-O Alt-O nuclide-outline-view:toggle Toggles the Outline View for a supported file so you can easily navigate to class and function definitions.
Cmd-I Ctrl-I nuclide-context-view:toggle Toggles the Context View.


Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Option-Shift-Cmd-F Alt-Shift-Ctrl-F nuclide-find-references:activate In projects such as Hack or Flow, this will allow you to find all the references to a selected, highlighted entity in your project.
Option-Cmd-Y Alt-Cmd-Y nuclide-hack-symbol-provider:toggle-provider Allows you to search for Hack function, classes and constants within you Hack project.
Cmd-Shift-I Ctrl-Shift-I nuclide-format-js:format Automatically tries to insert missing require statements to your Flow or JavaScript project.

Code Diagnostics

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Option-Shift-D Alt-Shift-D nuclide-diagnostics-ui:toggle-table Display the window showing you messages about your code. Possible messages include lint, compiler errors, etc.
Option-Shift-A Alt-Shift-A nuclide-diagnostics-ui:fix-all-in-current-file Nuclide can fix certain types of problems for you automatically, including various lint problems. This will allow all those to be fixed in the current file.
Option-Ctrl-< Alt-Ctrl-< nuclide-diagnostics-ui:go-to-first-diagnostic Go to the first diagnostic.
Option-Ctrl-> Alt-Ctrl-> nuclide-diagnostics-ui:go-to-last-diagnostic Go to the last diagnostic.
Option-< Alt-< nuclide-diagnostics-ui:go-to-previous-diagnostic Go to the previous diagnostic.
Option-Ctrl-> Alt-> nuclide-diagnostics-ui:go-to-next-diagnostic Go to the next diagnostic.

Project Explorer’s File Tree

The Project Explorer’s File Tree tab in the left side pane is a tree of all of your project files.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description Alternative
Right Right expand-directory Expand the current directory. Ctrl-]
Left Left collapse-directory Collapse the current directory. Ctrl-[
Option-Right Alt-Right recursive-expand-directory Expand all the directories from the current to the final directory child. Ctrl-Alt-]
Option-Left Alt-Left recursive-collapse-directory Collapse all the directories to the top parent. Ctrl-Alt-[
Ctrl-{ Ctrl-{ recursive-collapse-all Collapse the entire Project Explorer’s File Tree to the root.  
Backspace Backspace remove Remove a file or directory from the tree. You will be prompted first to avoid accidental mistakes. Delete
Cmd-\ Ctrl-\ toggle Toggles whether the Project Explorer’s File Tree is shown. Cmd-K, Cmd-B
Home Home move-to-top Move the selection to the very top of the Project Explorer’s File Tree.  
End End move-to-bottom Move the selection to the very bottom of the Project Explorer’s File Tree.  
Enter Enter open-selected-entry Opens the selected entry in the Project Explorer’s File Tree. If a directory is selected, then the directory is expanded. If a file is selected, then the file is opened in the main Editing Area.  
Cmd-K-Down Ctrl-K-Down open-selected-entry-down If a file is selected, it opens the file in the bottom pane.  
Cmd-K-Right Ctrl-K-Right open-selected-entry-right If a file is selected, it opens the file in the right pane.  
Cmd-K-Up Ctrl-K-Up open-selected-entry-up If a file is selected, it opens the file in the top pane.  
Cmd-K-Left Ctrl-K-Left open-selected-entry-left If a file is selected, it opens the file in the left pane.  
Cmd-| Ctrl-| reveal-active-file Shows the file that is currently active in the main workspace in the Project Explorer’s File Tree. Cmd-Shift-\ (macOS) or Ctrl-Shift-\ (Linux)
Ctrl-O Ctrl-O toggle-focus Toggles the focus of the current active file.  


Whether switching between or searching for or within files, there are some keyboard shortcuts to help accomplish file tasks a bit faster.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description Alternative
Cmd-T Ctrl-T nuclide-quick-open:find-anything-via-omni-search Use this for a global search of anything within your project, including all files, currently open files, etc. Cmd-P (macOS) or Ctrl-P (Linux)
Option-Cmd-O Alt-Ctrl-O nuclide-open-filenames-provider:toggle-provider This lets you switch between files that are currently open in the editor. Useful for quickly accessing files if you have a bunch of files open.  
Option-Cmd-R Alt-Ctrl-r nuclide-recent-files-provider:toggle-provider This will show you files that you have recently opened and used in previous sessions of Nuclide.  
Option-Cmd-T Alt-Ctrl-T nuclide-fuzzy-filename-provider:toggle-provider This allows you to search for files based on patterns.  
Option-Cmd-N Alt-Ctrl-N nuclide-related-files:jump-to-next-related-file Find files related to the current file. A file is related if they have the same basename, but a different extension, for example.  

Task Runner

Nuclide has support for running some common tasks on a variety of projects, like building a Buck project or debugging a React-Native one. For these tasks there is a set of useful keybord shortcuts you can use.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Cmd-B B Alt-B B nuclide-task-runner:build Executes the Build task for the currently selected Task Runner or the default one
Cmd-B D Alt-B D nuclide-task-runner:debug Executes the Debug task for the currently selected Task Runner or the default one
Cmd-B R Alt-B R nuclide-task-runner:run Executes the Run task for the currently selected Task Runner or the default one
Cmd-B T Alt-B T nuclide-task-runner:test Executes the Test task for the currently selected Task Runner or the default one
Cmd-B P Alt-B P nuclide-task-runner:run-selected-task Executes the currently selected Task


The Nuclide Debugger attaches to a running process. Breakpoints are managed in the gutter to the left of your code and line numbers.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Option-Cmd-I Alt-Ctrl-I window:toggle-dev-tools Toggle the developer tools UI.
Shift-Cmd-A Shift-Ctrl-A nuclide-debugger:toggle Toggles the process attachment UI where you will choose the process on which you would like to debug (e.g., a Node process, etc.)
Cmd-Alt-J Ctrl-Shift-J nuclide-output:toggle Toggle the Console pane.
F8 F8 nuclide-debugger:continue-debugging After stopping at a breakpoint, and possibly stepping through code, this will enable debugging to continue to the next breakpoint or end of the process.
F9 F9 nuclide-debugger:toggle-breakpoint If a breakpoint is set, this will unset that breakpoint and vice-versa.
F10 F10 nuclide-debugger:step-over Step over a piece of code. For example, if you are stopped at a method call, this will execute that method without stepping through it line-by-line.
F11 F11 nuclide-debugger:step-into Step into a piece of code. For example, if you are stopped at a method call, this will go into the first line of that method.
Shift-F11 Shift-F11 nuclide-debugger:step-out If you have stepped into a piece of code, this will step out to the point on which you entered that piece of code. For example, if you stepped into a method, this will step out back to the method call itself.
Shift-F5 Shift-F5 nuclide-debugger:stop-debugging Stop the actual debugging process.

Editor Panes

These are keyboard shortcuts with respect to moving currently active files in the editor around the main panes.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Cmd-K-Down Ctrl-K-Down nuclide-move-pane:move-tab-to-new-pane-down Moves the currently active file in the editor to a bottom pane.
Cmd-K-Right Ctrl-K-Right nuclide-move-pane:move-tab-to-new-pane-right Moves the currently active file in the editor to a right pane.
Cmd-K-Up Ctrl-K-Up nuclide-move-pane:move-tab-to-new-pane-up Moves the currently active file in the editor to a top pane.
Cmd-K-Left Ctrl-K-Left nuclide-move-pane:move-tab-to-new-pane-left Moves the currently active file in the editor to a left pane.

These are keyboard shortcuts with respect to navigation within files, etc.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Ctrl-, Ctrl-< nuclide-navigation-stack:navigate-backwards Moves the cursor to a previous position from the current position.
Ctrl-. Ctrl-> nuclide-navigation-stack:navigate-forwards Moves the cursor to the next position from the current, but former, position.


These are other key-based shortcuts that are included with Nuclide, including Hyperclick, clipboard and Nuclide health actions.

Key (macOS) Key (Linux) Command Description
Option-Cmd-Enter Alt-Ctrl-Enter hyperclick:confirm-cursor When using Hyperclick, this will confirm the Hyperclick action you want to take.
Ctrl-Option-Shift-H Ctrl-Alt-Shift-H nuclide-health:toggle Toggle the Nuclide Health tab, which show details about the Nuclide process itself (how much CPU, memory is being used, etc.).
Ctrl-Option-Shift-X Ctrl-Alt-Shift-X nuclide-clipboard-path:copy-project-relative-path Copy the relative path of the current file to the clipboard.
Ctrl-Shift-X Ctrl-Shift-X nuclide-clipboard-path:copy-absolute-path Copy the absolute path of the current file to the clipboard.
Ctrl-Option-X Ctrl-Alt-X nuclide-clipboard-path:copy-repository-relative-path Copy the relative path of the current file starting at the root of the Mercurial repository.


Hyperclick Trigger keys are configurable.

  1. Open the Nuclide Settings tab either by pressing Cmd+, (Ctrl-, on Linux) or by going to Package | Settings View | Open.
  2. Select Packages from the list at the left, and search for nuclide.
  3. Click on the Settings button for the nuclide package.

The Hyperclick Trigger key settings are right at the top and set to the defaults. You can change them by clicking on the selection bar and choosing from the provided list.