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Some characters are not working with German layout keyboard #46

E2w4UmWh opened this issue Aug 18, 2015 · 8 comments


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commented Aug 18, 2015

I do have a strange problem, using a German keyboard layout.


Which means '#' results in an ' and '+' results in an *.
This is quite strange, as all other characters seem to work.

The software, I'm targeting to, is very dumb. It does not accept 'CTRL'+'V' nor 'ALT'+'35' in it's text fields, so I really have to simmulate single keystrokes. Unfortunately I do need the Hash # sign to trigger some actions.

OS: Windows 8; Python: V3.4.3

Are there any ideas for a work around? Anny suggestions appreciated!


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commented Aug 19, 2015

I had time to dig a bit deeper into that problem and found the following: The characters wrongly showing up are always the one, showing up when shift is pressed wrongly (on a real keyboard):
#:' , +:* , <:>

Putting the characters into 'keyboardMapping' first, did not have any effect. As a successfull workaround, then I patched the following code in

def _keyDown(key):
   if key not in keyboardMapping or keyboardMapping[key] is None: return
   needsShift = pyautogui.isShiftCharacter(key)
   # insert this code, exactly here:
   if key == '#': needsShift = False
   if key == '+': needsShift = False
   if key == '<': needsShift = False
   #print(key,needsShift) #####debug
   # continue

This has SOLVED my problem with some special characters and hopefully may help others, with non-US keyboards.

By the way: Deleting #,+,< in the following function, did NOT work ( in .\pyautogui):

def isShiftCharacter(character):
   return character.isupper() or character in '~!@#$%^&*()_+{}|:"<>?'

Maybe .isupper() regards these characters as upper? I didn't check further


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commented Aug 28, 2015

It would be great if pyautogui would support other keyboard layouts than English. I'm willing to help with implementing the Finnish layout


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commented Dec 30, 2015

Same problem here using Hungarian layout, # results in +, and + results in (. Other anomalies may exists too, I didn't test every key.

I'm willing to help in the Hungarian mapping. (or find a keyboard-layout independent solution? don't know if there is any)


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commented Jan 14, 2016

hello guys. on german keyboard, I faced this problem. Character "" is converted into character "?" . I tried the suggestion mentioned above ( that is altering: > def_keyDown ), but "" is still converted into "?".. Therefore please share a hint on this.


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commented Feb 29, 2016

In my case a similar problem seems to be connected to what these (Estonian) keys are on an en_US keyboard (with the exception of skipping Estonian magnificent vowels üõöä). E.g. these:

"test !"#¤%&/()=?`PÜÕ*LÖÄ;:_ 1234567890+´püõ'löä,.- "

get typewrited as these:

test !@#%^7()0_=P|L,>? 1234567890_p\l,./

In my case it worked fine when i was using the full KDE environment, but when im only using Xmonad window manager, it starts aforementioned mistyping behaviour (i.e. i have a window manager, but no desktop environment). I can type these fine manually, and print works fine too, just nothing from pyautogui.
Im on Kubuntu 15.10, Xmonad, 4.2.0-30-generic, Python 3.4.3+, GCC 5.2.1 20151010
EDIT: apparently this problem also appears on xdotool


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commented Mar 1, 2016

So i dug deeper and learned that the problem underlying my issue had a workaround (execute setxkbmap after every boot) mentioned here. Newer bug reports are here for that similar tool having the same issues.
EDIT: oopsie, didnt notice that OP is not on Unix.
EDIT2: It seems everything was using US keyboard due to Xmonad. So in my case this wasnt a pyautogui problem.


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commented Mar 17, 2016

I had the same problem as georgemunteanu, and found a workaround which should be applicable to all non-english keyboard problems with autogui on windows. For further information look here:


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commented Mar 19, 2017

Folding this into issue #137

@asweigart asweigart closed this Mar 19, 2017

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