xkb is the abbreviation for the X Keyboard Extension used to describe and configure differ keyboard layouts, etc. under X11.

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XKB: Can I have an eight-level key and have Ctrl participate in selecting it’s levels?

Is there an XKB way to generate a key event, form a normal key combo which includes Ctrl without having the ctrl modifier bit set? Or the same question asked in another way: Can I have an eight-level ...
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Which application receives which hotkey? (List X clients which hold key grabs.) [duplicate]

How can I list the X clients which registered for a specific keyboard event (i.e. a key press; a shortcut thing). Those things are called passive key(board) grabs. And the list should contain what ...
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How to use the '-config' option of `setxkbmap`?

I have a keymap file with this content: xkb_keymap { xkb_keycodes { include "evdev+aliases(qwerty)" }; xkb_types { include "complete+numpad(shift3)" }; xkb_compat { include ...
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Mapping Super Keys to Control without Xmodmap

I've been attempting to switch my super and control keys in X on a macbook and have been half successful. I'd like to avoid creating a custom .Xmodmap if possible, as there is a temporary 100% cpu bug ...
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replace menu key with capslock and capslock with left control using xkb

I followed the instruction here by defining my own xkbsymbols (Use setxkbmap to swap the Left Shift and Left Control) partial modifier_keys xkb_symbols "replace_Menu_Capslock" { replace key ...
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xkb: Assign a new shift level to function keys

I'm trying to get some more use out of my function keys. I would like the physical F1 to F12 keys to appear as F21 to F32, so I can assign functions to F21 etc. in my window manager (e.g. switch to ...
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Keyboard layout change indicator

I have (and often change) 3 keyboard layouts on my Mint 17/Mate. I would like to see a notification on my screen when layout is changed, e.g. "Switched to English/US". I tried to do it via keyboard ...
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CapsLock as modifier key for application keymaps

I am developer and currently I am using Ubuntu Linux with PyCharm IDE for development of website. In order to improve typing performance I consider change CapsLock to Hyper_L and assign it to mod3 ...
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swap symbols with numbers in keyboard layout

I'm looking to modify my keyboard layout such that holding down Shift and pressing a number key will result in a number being printed to the screen instead of the symbol that's on the key. For ...
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xkb ɛ with acute accent [duplicate]

I've made a variant of Colemak which replaces ‘e’ with ‘ɛ’ – Latin letter open e (I have my reasons, but they're not relevant here). I have two problems: Though ‘ɛ́’ and other versions of ‘ɛ’ with ...
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xkb - Keymaps at `/usr/share/X11/kbd/symbols` 2 values vs 4 values being specified

I am a noob when it comes to linux and xkb. Sorry if the question seems very obvious and stupid. I was checking the keymap found at /usr/share/x11/kbd/symbols and in particular, I was browsing the us ...
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Declare a new modifier key with XKB

I'm trying to create a one handed keyboard layout and want to use Hyper to produce special keys when I press some keys. For example, when I press Hyper_L and B, I want XKB to produce ...
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How to start a command upon login in GNOME?

I would like to run xkbcomp upon a user login in order to modify its keyboard. The command works fine from a terminal after login. The system is an unmodified Fedora 20 Desktop Edition. I tried to ...
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Remapping both Caps Lock and Shift+Caps Lock in xkb

I am trying to configure xkb such that Caps Lock is mapped to the Compose key and Shift+Caps Lock functions as the traditional Caps Lock. I put the following in a new file called ...
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Remap altgr key to AC10 in XKB

I'd like to remap the altgr key to AC10 key. So far, I edited /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us as follows: // key <AC10> { [ semicolon, colon ] }; key <AC10> { [ Alt_R ]} After $ ...
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Openbox overwrites xmodmap configuration

I am setting up openbox on my laptop running Linux Mint 13. I want my Caps Lock key to act as an additional control key. I put the required settings in my ~/.Xmodmap file and checked it by running ...
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Escape on Control key, Control on Capslock key, Capslock on Escape key

I'm looking for a method that works in both X and the console with console-setup (e.g. xkboptions, no X-exclusive methods like xmodmap). With XKBoptions, combining ctrl:swapcaps and caps:swapescape ...
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How to put some keyboard layout aside from layout switching ring?

What I need is to switch between Russian and English layout with my favorite shortcut (namely Shift-CapsLock) switch to Belarusian layout with another shortcut (say, Ctrl-RightShift, but actual ...
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Remapping Left Control <LCTL> in xkb changes behavior of Alt + Left Shift

For some reason pressing any alt key (including <MENU>) together with <LFSH> toggles "Switch windows of an application". This can be turned off by commenting out key <LCTL> { [ ...
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How to add additional control key?

I am using xkb to add an additional control key as follows: key <HENK> { [ Control_R ] }; However, it does not work. I even tried xmodmap without success: xmodmap -e ...
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Setxkbmap turns off NumLock LED - but not NumLock.

Whenever I use setxkbmap in a terminal (or my .bashrc), the next time I press any modifier keys (ctrl, shift, alt) the NumLock LED on my keyboard goes off, but NumLock itself is still active so it's ...
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How to make custom key type auto repeat in xkb

I have defined a custom key type in my xkb configure file to do some redirection (e.g. redirect Ctrl+p to Up etc.) However, I cannot get auto-repeat work for this custom type (neither the original key ...
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How can I set left alt + right shift keyboard layout switch in xubuntu?

From what I found from xkeyboard-config man page there is no such combination, which is very upset. Is there any workaround for that? Because I want layout change to be as in winXP.
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How to bind super key to Ctrl+Shift using xmodmap?

I have read the xmodmap documentation. I could only find information on how to bind one key to another. How do I bind one modifier key to a combination of other modifier keys? Can I do this using ...
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Switch between keyboard layout based on input event

I have a french and a US keyboard on my computer. I'm using awesome wm and have set everything so that it is easy for me to switch between keyboard layout. But I still have to do it myself. ...
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Remapping keys that generate multiple scan codes

I have a ThinkPad W540. On its keyboard there are four multimedia keys above the numpad. Two of those keys generate keycodes (and, apparently, scancodes) that correspond to combination of keys, Win_L ...
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How to display the current keyboard layout?

Is there a utility that allows to graphically display the current keyboard layout? This can be useful, for example, when writing in a foreign language and having the physical keyboard only ...
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Keyboard layout switch (Ctrl+Shift) in a new xorg

I've been using similar config for years: Section "InputClass" Identifier "keyboard-all" MatchIsKeyboard "on" Driver "evdev" Option "XkbLayout" "us,ru,de" Option "XkbVariant" ...
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Configuring Caps Lock as modifier and layout switcher

I want to set the caps lock key working as a modifier (modkey) and layout switcher at the same time. I want Caps Lock to act as a modkey in awesome in different hotkey combinations, for example, ...
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Where do find information about xkb_symbols (i.e. dead_acute, KP_1, Delete, Down) [closed]

Where can I find a list of the xkb_symbols and their meaning? To clarify let me give some examples for xkb_symbols: dead_acute dollar Down Delete adiaeresis Adiaeresis dead_circumflex KP_0 (KP_ ...
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How to change the flag pictures XFCE Keyboard Layouts applet uses for its indication?

XFCE Keyboard Layouts panel applet offers to use either textual or graphical indications. But the font used for textual indication is too small and the flag icons used for graphical are too blowzy. ...
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Remapping shifted function keys in XKB

I'm working on a keyboard layout for the Khmer language and I'm quickly running out of space. My aim is to create a keymap that includes all the characters in the Khmer script as well was their ...
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Make Compose not compose after certain key presses

On my laptop, I use the Win as a modifier. With the Fn key pressed, the key sends a different keysym and I use that as a Compose key. keycode 133 = Hyper_L keycode 134 = Multi_key add mod4 = Hyper_L ...
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Map a symbol to a specific key

I have the following problem: I use the intl variant of gb keyboard layout, i.e., what you get with: setxkbmap -layout gb -variant intl I use gmail in Firefox, and for some reason, the gmail ...
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How can I replace my keyboard and mouse udev rules with xorg.conf.d?

Since it is impossible to make udev rules that affect Xorg settings run on startup, I'd like to replace these with other alternatives. At the moment, I have two primary udev scripts that I've written. ...
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Swap alt and super

I have a Macbook Air that runs Linux. I want to swap the alt and super keys in both sides of the keyboard with each other. How do I do this with cli tools? Update Following Drav Sloan's answer I ...
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Mapping AltGr to left control

I mapped my AltGr key to Ctrl with the following command: setxkbmap -option ctrl:ralt_rctrl However, when displaying the bindings with xmodmap -pke I can see that the keycode is associated to ...
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Changing one character in keyboard layout

I edited the file /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us and added a definition with my new layout as follows partial alphanumeric_keys modifier_keys xkb_symbols "us_pl" { include "us(basic)" ...
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Colon/Semicolon remapping with xmodmap with two active setxkbmap layouts

Gentlemen, I'm a non-native english speaker and need a second language layout. And I'm a heavy Vim user, and use : much more often than ;. At the moment they are remapped in .vimrc, buth that causes ...
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I've just deleted my /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols directory and restarted, how come I can still type?

I'm running Linux Mint and I'm trying to edit my symbol files but none of the changes stick - I've tried restarting X and restarting the computer. Eventually I got frustrated and tried deleting the ...
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How do I get current keyboard layout?

I'm wondering is there any command line tool, that returns current keyboard layout. I have XkbLayout set to us, ru. Update: setxkbmap returns layout settings, not selected layout. E.g.: $ setxkbmap ...
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Custom xkb layout in which one key creates two unicode code points

I am writing a new custom keyboard layout for Xorg, but there is one particular glyph which does not exist in Unicode. It is, however, easy to create it by using a standard letter plus a combining ...
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How do I change currently selected keyboard layout from command line?

I have my keyboard layouts (two of them) and switching between them configured via the following command: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" Now I want to ...
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Where is Xkb getting its configuration?

Is there a way to query where xkb is getting its configuration from? Under ArchLinux I have /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/00-keyboard.conf with Section "InputClass" Identifier "system-keyboard" ...
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Map Super+[Left|Right] to Home/End

How do I map key "Super" so, when combined with Left/Right, it produces keycode Home/End? My current setxkbmap: setxkbmap \ -model pc105 \ -layout 'us(dvorak-intl),us(alt-intl)' \ -option \ ...
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Why grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle still keeps right keys as switch triggers?

I ran the following command in my terminal: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" but for some reason, the effect is the same if I specified "grp:ctrl_shift_toggle" ...
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Turn off Caps lock when Escape is pressed

Is there any way to disable CapsLock whenever Esc is pressed. Yes, I use VIM! I actually have an alternative all-caps keyboard layout on Ctrl-6 but I find it cumbersome and would prefer to just have ...
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How do you configure numpad keys using XKB?

I haven't figured out how you configure XKB to use the numpad yet. I found the following in the "us" file. partial alphanumeric_keys modifier_keys xkb_symbols "basic" { name[Group1]= "USA"; ...
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Script to toggle setxkbmap

I would like a bash script that toggles between: setxkbmap se and setxkbmap us. Then my intentions are to map that script to CtrlEsc through the Keyboard > custom shortcuts. The point is that I ...
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how to assign another modifier to Alt key for X11?

Aim: I would like to assign Alt to CapsLock-key, and Meta to Alt-key. But in such way, Alt-key would no longer be recognized as Alt, and CapsLock-key would no longer be recognized as CapsLock. ...