Using a UK mac keyboard on Ubuntu

If you’re using a UK edition usb keyboard with Ubuntu, you may be swearing every time you want a relatively common characters like £, # or |.

I’ve been suffering with a poorly mapped keyboard for months. I’ve no idea why, I just assumed I must have tried when I installed the OS and deemed it impossible. Anyway, I’m an idiot because it’s really easy.

Open up your keyboard settings and pick “Layout Settings”:

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Click the little “+” to add a new input source:

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Select “English (UK, Macintosh)”:

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Move it to the top of your list and BOSH! You’re done.

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(Warning: You may still swear looking for the # key because it’s not printed on the keyboard like it is on a macbook. It’s alt-3)

8 thoughts on “Using a UK mac keyboard on Ubuntu”

  1. It looks like the English (UK, Macintosh) input source is missing from 18.04. Any ideas where we can install it from?

  2. Hello Matt, I have just switched to Pop!OS which is based on Ubuntu, in my case on 17.10. But the keyboard configuration doesn’t appear to offer the same degree of control. Do you know which utility I should download in order to select a Mac keyboard? In other words, how do I access the tool you mentioned from the command-line? I’ve already downloaded the GnomeTweak tool, but that didn’t help.
    Thanks, Carl.

  3. You have, many years since you posted this, stopped me from replacing a perfectly good Apple keyboard in frustration. Thanks!

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