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Introducing Keyman for macOS

Keyman for macOS brings the power of Keyman Desktop and its extensive library of keyboards for over 1,000 languages to macOS. Use all the keyboards you are familiar with on Windows on macOS. You can even create your own custom keyboards with Keyman Developer 10.0 (a Windows product).

Our unique virtual keyboard technology makes it easy to type in all your programs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, internet browsers and more, as well as supporting the latest version of macOS.

Keyman for macOS was developed with the support of Lao Script for Windows.

As with all Keyman products, Keyman for macOS is completely free. The feature grid below details the technical differences in functionality between Keyman Desktop for Windows, and the current version of Keyman for macOS:

Feature Windows Support macOS Support
World-leading input methods for thousands of languages
Create your own custom keyboards
Keyboard switching hotkeys
baselayout() statement
if() statement
&language store
mnemonic layouts (always US base layout)
IMX support (e.g. Chinese keyboard)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I install Keyman for macOS?

A. Visit Keyman for macOS help to learn how to install and start using Keyman on macOS.


Q. What versions of macOS will Keyman work with?

A. Keyman is compatible with OS X Lion (10.7) and later.


Q. Will my existing Windows Keyman keyboard work with Keyman for macOS?

A. Most keyboards will work without change, and even without recompiling. A small subset of keyboards require features which are not yet available in Keyman for macOS. These features will be progressively implemented. Keyman for macOS will inform you when you attempt to install a keyboard if it is using a currently unsupported feature.


Q. I found a bug. Where can I report it?

A. Please report bugs through the SIL Keyman Community.


Q. What languages does Keyman support?

A. The short answer is a lot! With keyboards for over 1000 languages, there's a very good chance we have yours covered. You can search for a keyboard for your language here. If we don't already have a keyboard available, you can use Keyman Developer 10.0 (Windows only) to build one!


Q. Will you help me install Keyman?

A. Because we are offering this as a free download, we can not provide direct technical support. Please direct support enquiries to the SIL Keyman Community.


Q. How can I update Keyman?

A. First, logout and login again. This ensures that Keyman is not in use. Then you should be able to drag and update Keyman in the same way as you originally installed Keyman for macOS.


Q. Are there any known issues?

  • ​Dragging the Keyman app to the Input Methods alias on install does not work on OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion.
  • On some computers, you need to allow “apps from anywhere” in security in order for Keyman to start.
  • The ​Keyman Configuration window should not be on top of other applications.

Compatibility Issues with Other Software

Some external applications are unable to provide existing context to Keyman. For such applications, only characters typed in an uninterrupted sequence (i.e., with no intervening mouse clicks, deletions, or arrow keys) will result in the desired replacements. Some of the applications that have this compatiblity problem include:

  • GoogleDocs
  • LibreOffice
  • OpenOffice
  • Older versions of MS Word

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