Keyboard Layout

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This wiki page provides information on keyboard layouts and how to configure them in Kicksecure.


Desktop Environment[edit]

Table: Desktop Keyboard Layout Change

Platform Steps

To permanently change the keyboard layout, apply the following steps.

  • ApplicationsSettingsKeyboardLayoutdisable "use system defaults"add your layout at the bottomremove the old layoutclose
Graphical Terminal Emulator Temporary until reboot.

setxkbmap de

Note: To set the keyboard to your preferred language, run this command to list all possible layouts. [1] localectl list-x11-keymap-layouts


To change the keyboard layout. [2]

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

Make the reconfigured keyboard-configuration change take effect.

sudo setupcon

[3] [4]


To correctly apply changes system-wide via dom0: [5]

  • System ToolsKeyboardLayout

Alternatively, language localization can be configured on a per VM basis.

If problems are encountered, see: My keyboard layout settings are not behaving correctly. What should I do? in the Qubes FAQ.

See Also[edit]


  1. setxkbmap Man
  2. French keyboards:
    Perhaps an upstream bug.
    ( )
    If you are using French Keymap, remember to use "Select keymap from full list":
    1. Select keymap from full list
    2. pc / azerty / French / Same as X11 (latin 9) /Standard
  3. Alternative /etc/default/keyboard method:
    Open file /etc/default/keyboard in an editor with root rights.


    This box uses sudoedit for better security.

    sudoedit /etc/default/keyboard

    Kicksecure for Qubes


    sudoedit /etc/default/keyboard

    • After applying this change, shutdown the Template.
    • All App Qubes based on the Template need to be restarted if they were already running.
    • This is a general procedure required for Qubes and unspecific to Kicksecure for Qubes.

    Others and Alternatives

    • This is just an example. Other tools could achieve the same goal.
    • If this example does not work for you or if you are not using Kicksecure, please refer to this link.

    sudoedit /etc/default/keyboard

  4. Alternative loadkeys method:
    Temporary until reboot. sudo loadkeys de
  5. The Qubes bug reporting the change does not propagate to other has now been resolved.

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