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Devanagari Phonetic (SIL) Keyboard Help

A Devanagari keyboard layout where each Devanagari letter is mapped as closely as possible to a corresponding key on the US English keyboard.

Keyboard layout

Desktop Keyboard Layout

Mobile/Tablet Keyboard Layout

Due to the size and number of keys, some characters are hidden in the long press. Press and hold on the key with a little dot on the top right to reveal and use them.

Other input sequences

Independent vowels

Independent vowels can be typed by the following keystrokes:

Type Character Codepoint
q a U+0905
q a a U+0906
q A U+0906
q e U+090F
q E U+0910
q i U+0907
q I U+0908
q o U+0913
q O U+0914
q u U+0909
qU U+090a

Vocalic R

can be typed by q Right Alt + L.


Repha र्◌ can be typed using the R key. It is typed after the consonant or mantra, or example:

  • k R generates र्क
  • k i R generates र्कि
  • k > i R produces र्क़ि


The semicolon ; is used to type stacked consonants or conjuncts. Eg k ; S will generate क्ष

Explicit Virama (Halat)

A full (live) consonant with visible virama can be typed using X, e.g. k X S produces क्‌ष

To force conjunct formation, x can be typed between the consonants, for example: k x S will generate क्‍ष.

Typing Latin letters

Words in written in Latin letters can be typed by first typing Q at the start of the word, for example: Q H i n d i will type the word Hindi.


Press the number keys to type Arabic digits, There are two ways to type Devanagari digits:

  1. Typing the Arabic digit and then typing backspace key, for example 9 Back space produces
  2. Typing the Shift + Right Alt version of the digit key, for instance Shift + Right Alt + 9 produces


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