Keyboard Layout

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Table: Desktop Keyboard Layout Change

Platform Steps
  • ApplicationsSettingsKeyboardLayoutdisable "use system defaults"add your layout at the bottomremove the old layoutclose
  • Keyboard search: Start menu buttonsearchkeyboardlayoutadd yours and remove the default
  • System settings: KDEStart menu buttonApplicationsSettingsSystem Settingsinput deviceslayoutadd yours and remove the defaultapply
Graphical Terminal Emulator Temporary until reboot.

setxkbmap de


To change the keyboard layout. [1]

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

Make reconfigured keyboard-configuration changes affect.

sudo setupcon

[2] [3]


To correctly apply changes system-wide via dom0: [4]

  • System ToolsKeyboardLayout

Alternatively, language localization input 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.


  1. 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
  2. Alternative /etc/default/keyboard Method Open file /etc/default/keyboard in an editor with root rights. (Qubes-Whonix ™: In TemplateVM)

    This box uses lxsudo for root privilege escalation and mousepad as editor. These are examples. Other tools could archive the same goal too. If these example tools do not work for you or if you are not using Whonix, please see this link.

    If you are using a graphical Whonix or Qubes-Whonix ™ with XFCE, run.

    lxsudo mousepad /etc/default/keyboard

    If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, run.

    sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard

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

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