Occasionally, I want to send a keystroke to a program in my ansi-term buffer that is already mapped to something in emacs. I know that for one I use often I could change my configuration to always send it, but in this case I just need a one-off.

Is there any way I can set some key combination to "send the next key as raw" ?

  • Most characters are sent as raw in term char mode, which is the default. Are you using line mode? Any reason not to use the default?
    – phils
    Apr 21, 2020 at 8:04
  • In principle, prefixing the key with C-q avoids all keyboard translations. But, I do not know whether this works in your case. E.g., in line-mode you need the final RET to send the input to the terminal.
    – Tobias
    Apr 21, 2020 at 20:18
  • I am in char mode, in evil-insert-mode under spacemacs. C-q C-c does not seem to send a C-c to my terminal for example -- but maybe there is a different key in evil mode? Nope, C-q C-c in hybrid mode doesn't send to the terminal either.
    – singpolyma
    Apr 22, 2020 at 0:31

1 Answer 1


This worked:

(defun singpolyma/term-insert-literal (key)
    "Take a keypress and insert it literally into a terminal."
    (interactive "cPress key:")
    (term-send-raw-string (format "%c" key))

(add-hook 'term-mode-hook (lambda ()
        (define-key evil-insert-state-map (kbd "C-`") 'singpolyma/term-insert-literal)

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