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Karabiner Reviews

Karabiner, previously called KeyRemap4MacBook, is a very powerful keyboard remapper for Mac OS X.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Karabiner and what they use it for.
  • 2 Days ago I made a comment saying I would quit photography before buying an Apple for photo editing. I'm sorry, be gentle
    And finally, to enhance and customize your HID experience e.g. keyboard, trackpad, mouse, check out Karabiner Elements and BetterTouchTool. - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • Hello, I am new, coming from AutoHotkey (Windows)
    And yes, in my experience, Hammerspoon is probably the closest alternative to AHK on macOS, and from what I've tried to replicate on Windows with AHK, it's easier to do stuff in Hammerspoon. (Sidenote: some configuration is simpler on macOS with Karabiner-Elements). - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • What do these keys do inside of macos
    Use (win / linux alternative is autohotkey) and set keys to do whatever you like. Eg. My home and end jump to start/end of line. If you get lost, I can share you my config. I don't know any other program that can do this (that is, really change any key or key combination). - Source: Reddit / 4 days ago
  • Logitech MX keys mini any way to rebind easy switch keys.
    Anyway, if you're on macos OP, I highly recommend using Karabiner-Elements (which is open source) instead of whatever keylogging malware backdoor ridden POS software (which is not open source) Logitech wants you to. - Source: Reddit / 7 days ago
  • Is there a way to remove cursor pause when navigating?
    I took a look. That video is referencing Looking at the docs though, it seems that is not a feature in karabiner (not sure if it was removed). - Source: Reddit / 8 days ago
  • MacbookPro2021 14in- Please help! My bracelet caught my key and it lifted... how do I put it back?
    If the bottom layer is damaged -- replace keyboard entirely (3hr long process and $100 aftermarket generally for parts if they can be found) or REMAP the key (I use a program called Karabiner Elements and used this for my Enter key on my 2017 MacBook. - Source: Reddit / 8 days ago
  • I was a MacOS hater until...
    To enhance your experience with both built-in and peripheral HIDs e.g. keyboard/trackpad, definitely check out Karabiner Elements and BetterTouchTool. - Source: Reddit / 10 days ago
  • Customized Remapping of Capslock and Escape Keys for Vim by Using xkb_options (Wayland and/or X Window System)
    You can enable this in QMK and other keyboard firmware such as ZMK (I use both and they both work very well) and there is [Karabiner-Elements]( for macOS. - Source: Reddit / 13 days ago
  • Boomer Wants to Learn Mac
    Enhanced keyboard and trackpad experience: BetterTouchTool expanded trackpad gestures support Karabiner Elements key remappings and more, analogous to AutoHotkey AltTab if you miss the alt-tab window switcher from Windows, check this one out. - Source: Reddit / 20 days ago
  • Essential macOS-only apps for 2023
    Karabiner, but only because I like to use my bluetooth KeyChron keyboard placed physically on top of my Mac's keyboard (when at my desk), and that app has functionality to disable the integrated keyboard while specific hardware is attached. It should be noted that there are plenty of excellent features that go well-beyond what I am using it for. - Source: Reddit / 21 days ago
  • hjkl: but it seems that I need the arrow keys anyway.
    Using keyboard remapping tool like Karabiner or AutoHotkey, I've mapped:. - Source: Reddit / 19 days ago
  • Sunday Daily Thread: What's everyone working on this week?
    I wrote a program to manage configurations for Karabiner-elements (a keyboard complex modifications tool for Mac) in a smaller YAML file rather than its typical JSON. It uses vim-ish format for modifier keys, arrays rather than dicts where possible, and cuts down on the repetitive conditional logic the usual JSON file requires for making virtual layers. - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago
  • Shortening vim learning feedback loop
    For keyboard remapping tools, check out Karabiner Elements for MacOS or AutoHotkey if you're on Windows. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Getting more advanced with Logi Options+
    I tried KarabinerElements, and it may be possible with a lot of work, but with a lot of work. And I do not know the JSON language well enough to craft anything efficiently. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • What is this app appeared in status bar in Mac?
    BTW: It's a totally useless key on a keyboard and just creates issues. You can easily remap it using karabiner elements to for eg. Shift. So, even if you click on Caps-lock it's the same as if you clicked on Shift button. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Can't run Mac Os over W10 because of stuck key
    Great tips in this thread. Once booted into macOS OP can use Karabiner-Elements to disable the built-in keyboard while an external one is connected. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Blog | My Vim Command Workflow
    With software such as Karabiner for Mac or AutoHotkey for Windows, you can add custom layers at the OS level. For example, you can remap your caps lock key to act as an escape key when pressed alone or modifier key when held and pressed with another. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • emacs has ruined my navigation in other apps
    On macOS I use Karabiner-Elements. I remapped right Command to Control and now have two Control and two Meta keys, and can use one hand for modifier keys and the other for letter. For the occasional Command I use the left one. I’ve also extended a bit Emacs complex modifications and I’m quite happy withe the setup. Caveat: I think that due to how I use modifier keys the double keys combinations don’t always work.... - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Mac's command key is worse than Window's ctrl
    Https:// Every system will not be 100% to your liking, so make it work for you. - Source: Hacker News / 2 months ago
  • An app to produce raster text
    I have an alternative (also strange) suggestion - you may install Karabiner-Elements and disable the backspace key (and Delete key if you appear to have one). That will effectively prevent you from easily deleting what has been written. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Looking for an Keybind program like this
    I use for that but it probably won't help you unless you're on MacOS. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago

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