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Keybaord layout

Is there a way to change the keyboard layout? For example with some part available on eBay? I use Azerty keyboard :)


You can choose between US and UK layouts on the launchpad.

A quick search shows that Raspian the operating system that pi-topOS is built upon, supports multiple locales, so have a look in the software. Off the top of my head, the command you probably need is:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

You may need to install the locale you want first.
Hi Bruce.

The problem is not the locale. Of course, the OS is available in French :) Problem is physical keyboard layout. Is there a way to change key positions and use, with vinyl stickers, or something like this? Or does the keyboard is something standard that we can find on eBay in an Azerty version? Or will there be an option to buy another keyboards directly from Pi-top (even if we need to pay more for this)?

Pi-top is interesting, but if we don't have easy access to éèçàùaëïöüâêîôû, it's absolutely no use for French users, as a keyboard without £ will be very little use for English users. Spanish users could say the same for ~ / ` and German users for some letters that my keyboard can't generate. We prefer to pay for this option than not to be able to use the Pi-top at all :)

Software locale is not so important. As many users, I use my OS in English.

You can change the keyboard type by entering "sudo raspi-config" in the terminal and searching for your keyboard layout. You can also change your country and other settings. If you have a WiFi keyboard / mouse combo like the Logitech K400r this will work if you insert the dongle in one of the USB ports. If you have a wired keyboard this should work as well, but its hardly portable then. Does this help?
No that doe not really help :)

Once again I speak of the physical keyboard layout. For example a way to buy a generic AZERTY keyboard on Internet that would be compatible with the Pi-Top and so that would replace it. UK or US keyboard are not really useful for French people, since there is no éèçàôö, etc. on it. German and Spanish people will have the same king of problems.

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I'd like to point out the need for other than UK or US keyboard layouts. I personally would need a spanish layout. Will this be available, and if so, when?



Any way to add a virtual keyboard. I have a bluetooth keyboard but no dongle for the pi and the cable that comes with it appears to be just for charging.



Looks like you can use xmodmap (which is already installed as part of x11-xserver-utils) to completely customize your keyboard (as long as you're using X.)


I just used this technique to make the left-shift and arrow keys work a little bit more like my Macbook:



# Make the up arrow key act as another left shift
xmodmap -e "keycode 111 = Shift_L" 
# disable autorepeat on new shift key
xset -r 111

# Make the left arrow key the new up arrow
xmodmap -e "keycode 113 = Up" 

# Make left control key the new left arrow
xmodmap -e "keycode 105 = Left" 
# enable autorepeat on new left key
xset r 105 


I'd like to raise that "bug" too, I know the basics about modding keymappings and I also know how to change the locales etc., but in fact we all use localized physical keyboards - especially in Europe - and doesn't matter if it's a AZERTY, QWERTZ, DVORAK or whatever layout, there are lots of language specific keys needed. I contacted support for more keyboard layouts different than GB/UK yet but got the answer it is not planned in the next future especially for Pi-Top V2. That's very disappointing for me and a veritable reason not to buy a Pi-Top (and that's hard, because I really love the idea of a real Pi-driven Notebook).

I'd like to rise a petition for additional keyboard layouts but never did something like that... is anyone else interested and willing to help in that case? I appreciate that very much :)

The file to customize your keyboard on the latest pi-topOS is /etc/pi-top/pt-input/keyboard-commands . Unfortunately, as far as I understand, the key codes used there can only be obtained with the showkey command, and are not the same as given by the xev command. This command does not work on the desktop. You need to boot into the cli interface to use it. I agree with you that having only a US keyboard on the pi-top rev 2 is a problem in most of Europe.
From what I remember, the keyboard was to be USB programmable and the vinyl stickers were available on demand.


What bothers me is the missing INSERT key, eliminating clipboard options like shift-insert and control-insert.

I use dvorak and was easily able to change my layout in the keyboard and mouse preferences in the GUI.  However this change does not carry over to pi-top/DASHBOARD.  When I'm there I have to hunt and peck with qwerty.  

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