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How To - Download and Install a Keyman Keyboard

You must have a Keyman keyboard installed to type with Keyman for macOS in your language.

Downloading & Installing a Keyman Keyboard within Keyman for macOS

Here's how to download and install a Keyman keyboard within Keyman for macOS:

  1. Choose Keyman from the Input menu in the menu bar.

  2. Open Keyman Configuration, from the Configuration link under Keyman in the Input menu. Note: If you just installed Keyman and the Configuration menu is not available, please restart the computer.

  3. Select the Keyboard Layouts tab.

  4. Click Download keyboard….

  5. From the dropdown boxes, find a language associated with your keyboard and click Search.

  6. Click Install Keyboard for the keyboard you want to install.

    Tip

    The icons to the right of each keyboard name show valuable information about what the keyboard includes:

    • – means that the keyboard is a Unicode keyboard.
    • – means the keyboard has a virtual On Screen Keyboard.
    • – means the keyboard contains help documentation.
    • – means the keyboard comes with fonts.
    • – means the keyboard has introductory help.

    Note

    If the keyboard you want doesn't have an Install Keyboard button, then the keyboard has been made available from a third-party site. You can download the keyboard by following the links provided. If the keyboard doesn't install automatically, follow the instructions below to install a keyboard from your computer.

  7. Click Done. The keyboard will be installed automatically and you will see a Keyboard/Package Info window.

    Tip

    The Keyboard/Package Info window includes some helpful information about the keyboard you have installed. In addition to the name and version of the keyboard, the dialog may also show:

    • Fonts installed with the keyboard.

    • Author name and contact information.

    • Specific help and readme information (under the readme tab).

    • Other details.

    Note

    Keyman keyboards are installed for the current user only. You can find the installed keyboards in 'Documents/Keyman-Keyboards' folder; however, you should not delete or modify this folder or its contents.

  8. To enable/disable a keyboard; click on the check box next to the keyboard.

  9. You can now select a Keyman keyboard from the Keyboards menu under Keyman in the Input menu.

    Note

    Only enabled keyboards will be displayed in the Keyboards menu under Keyman in the Input menu.

Installing a Keyman Keyboard from a Folder on Your Computer

There are two ways to install a keyboard from your computer. The easiest way (on macOS 10.8 and later) is simply to find the keyboard package (.KMP file) on your computer using Finder and double-click. When prompted whether or not to install the package, click Yes. (If you don't see the dialog box, it might be hiding behind your Finder window.)

The other way is to drag and drop a keyboard package file onto the Keyman Configuration window. Here's how:

  1. Choose Keyman from the Input menu in the menu bar.

  2. Open Keyman Configuration, from the Configuration link under Keyman in the Input menu.

  3. Select the Keyboard Layouts tab.

  4. Find the keyboard package on your computer. Keyman keyboard packages have a file name that ends with .KMP.

  5. Drag and drop the keyboard package file in the installed keyboards list in Keyman Configuration window.

    Note

    You can drag and drop multiple keyboard packages at once.

    Note

    Keyman keyboards are installed for the current user only. You can find the installed keyboards in 'Documents/Keyman-Keyboards' folder; however, you should not delete or modify this folder or its contents.

  6. To enable/disable a keyboard; click on the check box next to the keyboard.

  7. You can now select a Keyman keyboard from the Keyboards menu under Keyman in the Input menu.

    Note

    Only enabled keyboards will be displayed in the Keyboards menu under Keyman in the Input menu.

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