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Keyman is going free!

Following SIL International’s purchase of the Keyman intellectual property in September 2015, SIL have now completed the acquisition of Keyman from Tavultesoft.

About SIL International

SIL now intends to make the entire Keyman product suite freely available to the world.

The timeline for making all the Keyman products available is as follows:

KeymanWeb 2.0 KeymanWeb is already open source and freely available from The KeymanWeb Subscription server will be retired at the end of Q4 2016.
Keyman for Mac OS X 1.0 Keyman for Mac OS X is already free and in beta at
Keyman Developer 9.0 Keyman Developer 9 is already free and in beta at Version 10.0 will be released in conjunction with Keyman Desktop 10 - see below.
Keyman for Android The Pro edition will be made freely available in last quarter of 2016 and the existing Free edition will be discontinued.
Keyman for iPhone and iPad The Pro edition will be made freely available in last quarter of 2016 and the existing Free edition will be discontinued.
Keyman Desktop for Windows Version 10.0 of Keyman Desktop will be completely free without activation requirements and we anticipate it will be made freely available in the first quarter of 2017.
Update 7 April 2017: Sadly, this target date has slipped due to the complexity of preparing the source code for open source. We are still working hard on this and are now targeting release in Q2 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I buy a license of Keyman from Tavultesoft before the free version is available, can I get a refund?

    No. Tavultesoft will continue to provide Keyman for sale until the free version is available. If you can wait for the free version, you are welcome to do so.
  2. Who do I go to for technical support?

    Technical support will be provided for licensed users of Keyman Desktop by Tavultesoft, through the existing email address, until the end of June 2017. If you are using a free product, you can ask the community on the Tavultesoft Forums.

    Support will be transitioning in January - June 2017 to primarily community based support, and will be accessible through SIL plans to provide a paid support option for organisations that would benefit from a support contract arrangement.
    Update 7 April 2017: dates adjusted to match release dates for Keyman 10.

  3. I have an existing license for Keyman Desktop. What happens to that license?

    Your license will continue to work after the free edition is released. SIL and Tavultesoft are committed to keeping the license servers running. We would encourage you to upgrade to the 10.0 Free Edition when it becomes available.
  4. What are SIL’s long term plans for Keyman?

    SIL will continue to provide Keyman as a user friendly downloadable program with the existing and growing catalogue of high quality keyboard layouts.

    SIL’s long term goal is to provide a freely available and extensible keyboarding platform, using Keyman as a foundation. SIL are working with standards organisations to create a global keyboarding standard, and will update Keyman to be the open source reference implementation for all major operating systems.
  5. What is Marc Durdin doing?

    You may know Marc as the primary developer of Keyman. Marc has joined SIL and will be continuing to work as the team lead on the Keyman projects within SIL.
  6. What is happening to Tavultesoft?

    I (Marc) anticipate that Tavultesoft will continue to operate as a consulting microbusiness, mostly for Keyman-related projects. As SIL now owns the Keyman IP, Tavultesoft has ceased all development on Keyman itself and will shortly cease all support and sales. There will be a transitional period where content remains on the Tavultesoft website.
  7. How can I support the development of Keyman?

    You can support the Keyman project through financially partnering with Marc’s family. SIL members are funded through partnership with individuals and organisations that support the vision of SIL. Please visit to learn more about the Durdin family’s journey.

    You can also donate directly to the Keyman project through the Keyman website at

Keep in touch

The Tavultesoft mailing list has now been closed down. If you would like to keep in touch, here are some options:

  1. Keep in touch with the Durdins through
  2. Sign up with the SIL Keyman mailing list at

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