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My custom QWERTY .keylayout file for US-style keyboards

This is an edited version of the default ‘US’ QWERTY keyboard layout available on OS X for US-style hardware Apple keyboards. (See the difference between UK and US QWERTY keyboards made by Apple.)

The following special characters are now available through key combinations:

  • + Y =
  • + + Y =
  • + H =
  • + + H =
  • + 3 = 𝌆 (U+1D306 tetragram for centre)
  • + 4 = 💩 (U+1F4A9 pile of poo)
  • + + X = ×
  • + + C =
  • + + S =
  • + + O =
  • + + R instead of
  • + C = © instead of ç
  • + G = ç instead of ©
  • + O = ಠ_ಠ instead of ø
  • + + Space = zero width space

How to install

  1. Copy the .keylayout file to the Keyboard Layouts folder within /Library. In command form:

    # Install the keyboard layout system-wide
    cd /Library/Keyboard\ Layouts; sudo curl -O#
  2. Reboot, or log out and log in again.

  3. Enable the new keyboard layout via System PreferencesKeyboardInput SourcesQWERTY.

How to make the custom keyboard layout the system default

To use the custom layout for the login screen, you need to set it as the system default.

  1. Run the following command:

    sudo curl -#o /Library/Preferences/
  2. Reboot.

How to remove the default OS X keyboard layout from the Input menu

You can remove any default OS X keyboard layout (that you won’t be using anymore) from the Input menu as follows:

  1. Make sure the current input source is your custom keyboard layout.

  2. Open ~/Library/Preferences/ (If needed, you can convert the plist to XML by running plutil -convert xml1.)

  3. Remove the input source or input sources you want to disable from the AppleEnabledInputSources dictionary. If there is an AppleDefaultAsciiInputSource key, remove it.

  4. Reboot.


OS X has supported .keylayout files since version 10.2 (Jaguar).


Created using


Mathias Bynens


This keyboard layout is available under the MIT license.

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