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

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How do I *un*set an option in `xkbmap`?

I would like to disable the Ctrl-Alt-Backspace combination using a command line tool, without root priviliges. I know I can use setxkbmap to enable “zapping” with the option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp. ...
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How can I configure /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf to use multiple layouts

I want to configure kmscon to use two layouts. Now my /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf looks like this: xkb-layout=us,ru xkb-options=grp:alt_shift_toggle font-name=Liberation Mono font-size=12 but it's not ...
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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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How do I enable Shift Lock? (Sticky shift key)

I want to map one of my keys the shift lock key. In my understanding, the shift lock key is a kind of a 'sticky' shift key: it remains pressed, shifting all keys of the layout until pressed again. It ...
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Using remapped Left Control <LCTL> key as shortcut

I have remapped the <LCTL> key to Tab in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/en using key <LCTL> { [ Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab ] }; key <MENU> { [ Alt_R, Alt_R, ...
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Swap shift and caps-lock

I would like to swap the behavior of the two keys Shift and Caps Lock on my keyboard. I have read the options in /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst, played around with'em, but none of them seems to be ...
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XKB - Clearing locked modifiers

I've been having some trouble creating a custom keymap with XKB configuration. I would like to have a Shift key that locks when called with a specific modifier and can be pressed again to toggle the ...
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Remap key to two modifers or use meta shortcuts in terminal (terminator)

Background: Running Arch Linux on KDE. KDE shortcuts have a problem with being saved past reboot so i'm using xmodmap and xbindkeys. So I am using xmodmap. Right now caps lock is mapped to meta ...
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Unable to switch to Dvorak layout

I need help switching my keyboard to Dvorak layout. I've done this a number of times through the GUI and never had problems until now. I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS codename trusty, Xfce4 & ...
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keyboard layout switching - non-working hotkeys in cyrillic layout

I've got a small script that runs in background and handles setxkbmap for me. Said script has some logic of switching keyboard layouts, which is essential and is not supported by my DE installation ...
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Problems after mapping Alt_R to Control [closed]

I have mapped by Alt_R to Control. My Control_R is also mapped to Control. Alt_L remains as Alt (Mod1). I used xkbcomp :0 keyboard.xkb to dump the current configuration file. In that file, in the ...
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How to remap keycodes (not symbols)?

Using XKB I can change the symbol for the TAB key: key <TAB> { type= "ONE_LEVEL", symbols[Group1]= [ Overlay1_Enable ] }; However, Google Chrome detects keycode 23 (aka <TAB>) ...
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How can I make CapsLock Shift and Shift Ctrl in GNOME?

GNOME's Tweak Tool tweak tool is an awesome GUI that comes with the desktop environment. In the tool, I can easily change the position of Ctrl and I can change the behavior of CapsLock. ...
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How Are Keys or Keycodes Mapped to X Key Symbols?

I am trying to map a function key combination to an XF86 key symbol. The key combination is Fn+F1, which I was able to use showkey to get the raw keycode for. jason@io ~ $ showkey kb mode was RAW [ ...
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How to make AltGr+i,j,k,l work properly as cursor keys?

(I already asked this question on superuser but got no answer so I'll try here now.) I would like to have the cursor keys and some others available as AltGr+c,h,t,n etc. (i,j,k,l if you have qwerty). ...
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Use setxkbmap to swap the Left Shift and Left Control

Is it possible to swap the Left Shift and the Left CTRL keys using setxkbmap instead of xmodmap? EDIT I have switched to Fcitx, which works way much better with my keyboard layout and customized ...
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Disable Caps Lock when a modifier key is pressed, with XKB

I would like all modifier keys -- except Shift -- to disable Caps Lock. Since, I would like to swap some modifiers as well, I am trying to achieve both goals at the same time (I wouldn't know how to ...
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Adding custom setxkbmap options

Use setxkbmap to swap the Left Shift and Left Control describes how to swap some modifier keys with xkbcomp. However, I'd like to just add a custom setxkbmap option instead of using xkbcomp with a ...
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xkb: Use a key to change shift level without appearing as a modifier

I'd like to configure XKB to use Caps Lock as a way of producing different keys, but I don't want it to appear as a modifier. For example: F1 produces F21 keypress Caps Lock + F1 produces F1 ...
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How to set up XKB to work with 3 modifier keys and 2 switchable layouts?

Consider the following XKB layout: xkb_keymap { xkb_keycodes { <ESC> = 9; <FK01> = 67; <FK02> = 68; <FK03> = 69; <FK04> = 70; <FK05> = 71; ...
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How to prevent the caps-lock toggle effect, without remapping or disabling it?

I have an X11 program that grabs caps-lock, and uses it. The problem is, I want to disable the regular caps-lock toggling, but doing so seems to disable the key. So whatever X11 gets for a caps-lock ...
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Will booting ubuntu in recovery mode use default keyboard layout?

I have a chromebook with Ubuntu 15.04 and I need to customize some of my keyboard keys in xkb. Unfortunately while doing so I managed to disable my keyboard and needed to boot from live USB to revert ...
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Gnome-shell keybinding for “Internal Microphone” on XF86Send

I use a custom keyboard with a “REPL” key (shifted: “Settings”) that I have bound to XF86Send (shifted: XF86Tools). On Fedora 21, that key (XF86Send) somehow works to toggle the “mute” on this ...
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xkbmap remap PrtScr and Insert Keys to Home and Escape

I've been fumbling with xkbmap for a while, and I can't figure out how to remap the Print Screen button to Home. It's as if the us keymap just doesn't mention the PRSC key code at all. I can't use ...
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Create xkb configuration from xmodmap

I have a custom xmodmap file I use, including useful multi-language diacriticals, english quotes, dashes &c. I want to use this map with kmscon, so I need to create a xkb configuration from it. Is ...
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kmscon and deadkeys

How can I configure kmscon to use dead keys? I already have xkb-layout=br in /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf, but the dead keys don’t work. (' + e gives me e instead of é). The layout seems to have been ...
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Multilanguage keyboard mapping files

I would like to make a web page where the user chooses a language, and depending on the language, show a keyboard with all characters corresponding to that keyboard. I've been told that Unix has ...
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How does one use the setxkbmap -geometry option?

I have a Sun Type7 keyboard on my Debian Linux (/etc/debian_version == 7.8) box, and, since it appears to be much like the Sun type6 I attempted: $ (setxkbmap -model sun6 -layout us -geometry ...
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setxkbmap: Multiple layouts with different variants

Using setxkbmap from a user's .xinitrc, I'd like to configure: German keyboard layout (de) without dead keys (variant nodeadkeys). French keyboard layout (fr) with dead keys (variant basic). So ...
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Remapping two (simultaneous) keypresses to a single keycode

Is it possible to use X keyboard functionality to remap two keypresses to different keycode? I am asking because couple of keys (such as Q and P) on my laptop don't work anymore, thus I have to use ...
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How to remap simultaneous letter keys to modifier?

I have really gotten used to the "Simultaneous Vi Mode" functionality of KeyRemap4MacBook which lets you press and hold the s and d keys simultaneously and then use the h, j, k, and l keys as the ...
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Why won't my custom layout work?

I'm trying to create a custom layout that I can use for various symbols. For now, I just copied the contents of gr(bare). However, the layout does not appear to work. When I press Caps Lock, the ...
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Override a few keycodes with XKB

I want to shuffle a few keys around with XKB. (Why? On a laptop where some keys are inconveniently located.) I currently use xmodmap: keycode 110 = Prior keycode 115 = Delete keycode 112 = Next ...
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How to map Alt+H to the Arrow-left key?

I would like to have my HJKL keys to function as arrow keys whenever the Alt key is pressed down. Also other combinations should work, such as Ctrl+Left should be seen when Alt+Ctrl+H is pressed. ...
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how to bind AltGr to <Ctrl> + <Alt>

I am trying to create a linux equivalent of Ergonomic Telugu Keyboard layout called Sarala (Hard la). I have been able to map all the keys so far. The layout uses the following key combinations for ...
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How can the xkb layout settings be simplified?

The question is, if there is a way to simplify the structure of the xkb configuration related to keyboard layouts? As explained in further detail below there are 5 independent places in which a ...
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How can I make Ctrl + Alt act like Alt gr in Ubuntu?

I recently switched to Ubuntu on my laptop and one thing that almost got me to switch back to windows is the fact that I can't make Ctrl + Alt to act like Alt gr. I have programmed in several years ...
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How to troubleshoot layout switching when it “locks” on specific layout?

Recently I installed ChakraOS based on Arch with KDE and I cannot switch layout. Neither graphically, nor from cli. The strange thing is that I can switch to spanish with various other distributions ...
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Unmaping BKSP and RTSH in Xorg

I am trying to improve my typing habits, I have Backspace located elsewhere on my keyboard layout, but I would like to unmap the standard backspace key while I learn to use the one on my keyboard. In ...
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Shortcut keys that are independent to keyboard layout

Is there a way to define an association of a particular physical key of the keyboard to some action, independently of the letter that this key is associated to in any layout? Example: In most ...
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Force English layout for the «Compose» key pressed

I like using Compose key. The problem is that large part of my text being typed in non-english layout. This means that some symbols messed up, and most isn't even present (i.e. latin characters). ...
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How to get keycodes for xmodmap?

I'm trying to use xmodmap to remap Alt / Super keys on Dell L100 keyboard, and have trouble getting the keycodes. For instance, using xev doesn't give me keycode for Alt FocusOut event, serial 36, ...
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Programmatic way to install xkb keyboard layout

I have a new keyboard layout that is working so far. I want to ship this to users who most probably will have minimal knowledge of Linux. Trouble is to install this layout I have to do a lot of copy ...
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Where are xkb options defined?

I'm not too experienced with Linux on personal computers, but I've recently installed Debian Jessie on my laptop (using GNOME 3). It's a Macbook, so there's a command key on the keyboard. Initially, I ...
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Multiple XkbOptions in xorg.conf

how should I write multiple XkbOptions in xorg.conf? I've tried "option,option,option", "option, option, option", "option option option" and none of these worked - only the first option was executed.
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How to re-enable the caps lock key?

I am currently setting up my default keyboard layout like this: setxkbmap -layout us -variant dvorak -option ctrl:nocaps,[...] It disables the caps lock key and makes it an additional ctrl key, ...
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When I use left window key + e in konsole it prins 'se'

I was trying to change my keyboard layout and when I tried it in the konsole, I saw that konsole interprets it rather oddly. Win + E executes some hostnames and prints "se" on the prompt. With other ...
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Can no longer switch keyboard layouts in xfce [closed]

This appears to be a surprisingly complex problem, and worse, I'm not sure if it was a configuration change that I made or if it was an update to ubuntu that caused the problem. I'm running Ubuntu ...
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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 ...