Karabiner Elements
Karabiner Elements
12.7.0

5.0

Karabiner Elements free download for Mac

Karabiner Elements

12.7.0
13 September 2019

MacBook keyboard remapper.

Overview

Karabiner Elements (earlier was Karabiner, and even earlier was KeyRemap4MacBook) is powerful and stable keyboard customizer for macOS.

Features:
  • Simple Modifications: Map normal keys to arbitrary key functions
  • Complex Modifications: Map keys by complex rules. e.g., key to modifiers, modifiers+key to key, send key event if pressed alone, etc
  • Function Keys: Map function keys to arbitrary key functions
  • Devices: Apply modifications to specified keyboards only
  • Profiles: Support the creation of multiple profiles that the user can switch between
  • Modifier Flag Sync:Synchronize modifier flags across all connected keyboards
  • Secure Keyboard Entry Support:Work well on Secure Keyboard Entry environment such as a password prompt, terminal with Secure Keyboard Entry, etc

What's new in Karabiner Elements

Version 12.7.0:
Fixed:
  • Fixed an issue that Karabiner-Elements might stop working after sleep on macOS Catalina.
New:
  • MultitouchExtension app has been added.
  • Added `--set-variables` option into `karabiner_cli`.
Improved:
  • Dark Mode has been supported.

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51 Karabiner Elements Reviews

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David-Dunham
01 September 2009

Most helpful

This works under Snow Leopard (10.6), and also with a small wired keyboard (i.e. you don't need a MacBook). I only use it to remap the Enter key to where my muscle memory knows it is, but I'd be cursing Apple without it.
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Version 5.1
numberer6
18 October 2019
Using IBM Model M keyboard with 2019 Macbook pro. Needed Karabiner to create a keyboard mapping for "command" key. Sacrificed F5/F6 to left/right command keys; works. I'm not using complex mappings, but for this simple, but essential mapping, no issues.
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Version 12.7.0
Sleav
09 July 2019
I would recommend that unless you are a very experienced Mac user you steer clear - this software may do what it says it will do re keyboard remapping, but when it comes time you dont want it on your system anymore, good luck! The app is installed with something called an Immutable Flag. it will ask permission to bypass your security settings, install itself, locked, and almost nothing you can do as a User will allow you to get rid of it. I had log in as a Root user and then use several Terminal commands to change the locked flag just to allow me to delete it.
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Version 12.5.0
3 answer(s)
Filou53
Filou53
22 August 2019
@Sleav
There is an option to uninstall Karabiner.
open Karabiner-Elements
goto the 'Misc' tab
and clic 'uninstall...'
(I think that the prefs remains, but that unactivate Karabiner)
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Filou53
Filou53
22 August 2019
and FYI, it seem's that Karabiner is in conflict with FunctionFlip :-(
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TJLuoma
TJLuoma
25 August 2019
Nonsense. You just have to know how to use your Mac.

These two commands will “unlock” the apps:

sudo chflags nouchg /Applications/Karabiner-E*

sudo chflags noschg /Applications/Karabiner-E*

It locks itself to keep poorly-written programs from mucking with it.
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Eric•Woehler
10 June 2019
Recommended! Highly useful and versatile key mapper - I have mapped the back slash to a forward delete function on my MacBook's keyboard. Huge numbers of options for any remapping you want to do to customise your work flow. 5 stars!
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Version 12.5.0
Drdul
18 April 2019
Skip 12.2.0 if you have a 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro. On mine, 12.2.0 disabled the keyboard backlight and at one point completely disabled the keyboard until I restarted. There are similar reports from several others on Github.
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Version 12.2.0
2 answer(s)
Seika7
Seika7
27 April 2019
Keyboard backlighting is working again (2018 15" MacBook Pro) with 12.3.0.
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Drdul
Drdul
27 April 2019
Thanks for heads-up! Even though the change-log for 12.3.0 doesn't list it as a fix, the keyboard backlighting works properly, even when waking from sleep.
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Lumac52
12 November 2017
The developer has now released version 11 of Karabiner and it works on macOS High Sierra! I am looking forward to trying it out, as it used to be one of my indispensable apps.
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Version 10.22.0
jrtmanmd
15 June 2017
This was great, until OSx 10.12. Has this been updated to work properly with Sierra (10.12)? :-(
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Version 10.22.0
4 answer(s)
Stephen (OfficeTime Support)
Stephen (OfficeTime Support)
22 June 2017
You're right. This doesn't seem to work with Sierra 10.12.5 currently. (I'm not the developer, btw)
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alissa-kvashina
alissa-kvashina
30 June 2017
Author won't make Karabiner to work on Sierra, but there is Karabiner-Elements for replacement.
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PM-R
PM-R
19 July 2017
Check out the developer's page:
https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/

"macOS Sierra support status
Karabiner does not work on macOS Sierra at the moment.
We are developing Karabiner-Elements which provides simple key modification for macOS Sierra at first.
(Karabiner-Elements works well on macOS Sierra. We are working on fixing several remaining issues.)
We'll start updating for the full featured Karabiner for Sierra after Karabiner-Elements is completed.
https://github.com/tekezo/Karabiner-Elements/blob/master/README.md"
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Lumac52
Lumac52
12 November 2017
Karabiner has now been updated to version 11 and works on macOS High Sierra.
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kingsj0405
06 October 2016
I hear switch fn and ctrl_l is impossible from some anwser on stack overflow. But it well done with this app.
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Version 10.21.0
jfblagden
12 July 2016
1. How do you use Karabiner to map the keys of a gamepad? 2. How do you make Karabiner map the button under the scroll wheel to the play/pause button on the keyboard so you can play or pause a song just by depressing the button under the scroll wheel?
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Version 10.21.0
Grubengold
11 June 2016
I use karabiner for Microsoft remote desktop to have the missing INS-Key in a remote desktop session while pressing fn+Return (Change Return Key (Fn+Return to Shift_L+Insert)). So great!
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Version 10.19.0
kamil-stachowski
18 February 2016
A life saver. Fantastic. Thank you so much for this program!
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Version 10.11.0
Free

5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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