From Colemak


  • System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Input Sources > Select "Colemak"
  • To get Caps Lock remapped to backspace including autorepeat:
  • Switch off Caps Lock standard behavior: System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard > Modifier Keys ... -> set Caps Lock to "No Action"
  • Use Karabiner-Elements
  • To view the layout and to get used to some small differences specific to mac, use System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard: "Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar"


Description: Installation of the Colemak layout for Mac
Version: 1.0 (2006-01-01)
File size: 0.1 MB
OS: macOS, version 10.2 or later
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Warning about passwords: If you have any passwords in your computer, either change them (e.g. with a password of numbers only), or learn them in the new layout!

Installation instructions

  • Download the keyboard layout file to the /Library/Keyboard Layouts/ or ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts/ directory.
  • Log out of macOS and log back in.
  • Open System Preferences, click on the International icon, and in the Input Menu tab enable the layout.
  • Make sure that the Show input menu in menu bar box is also checked.
  • To switch quickly between layouts you can press Command+Option+Space.
  • You can download Icons for the layout here. To install copy the files to the same directory where you copied the keyboard layout.
  • Learn the layout.

Generating the XML keyboard layout from source

Limitations of the online layout generator

  • The 102nd key (usually '<') can't be configured.
  • Firefox may take a long time to generate the layout. Try another browser if you're experiencing problems.
  • The Caps Lock can't be remapped to Backspace.

See also