Whenever I reboot my computer, I have to set the keyboard layout in a console again with loadkeys. Is there a way to change the default keyboard layout that is loaded every time the computer boots?


Check (my) /etc/vconsole.conf:


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  • First, list all acceptable values with the command $ localectl list-keymaps – Serge Stroobandt Aug 5 '17 at 6:16

At least for Arch, you have two types of configuration: via console and Xorg.

The easiest way without configuring Xorg:

$ sudo setxkbmap -layout us

You can see the current configuration with this:

$ setxkbmap -print -verbose 10
$ localectl status

To list all the available key maps or layouts:

$ localectl list-keymaps
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    Good, detailed answer. Worked for me without sudo; globally for all already opened apps without logging out. – yahol Jan 13 '19 at 13:45

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