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Karabiner Elements Reviews

29 June 2020

MacBook keyboard remapper.

0.5
Sleav
09 July 2019
Version: 12.5.0

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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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5
ying17
21 June 2020
Version: 12.9.0
Coming from a Linux/Windows background, switching to a Macbook pro was really difficult for me becuase the keyboard shortcuts were really hard to get used to. In particular, when I had to switch between Remote Desktop and RemoteViewer (Spice) to access my other enviornments keyboard shortcuts were all messed up b/c of muscle memory on what keys I hit. So glad I found Karabiner Elements, having the ability to re-map keys (by application, by which keyboard I had plugged in) has been an absolute game changer. It's turned my Mac experience from mildly annoying to almost enjoyable!
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5
earthwormscrawl
08 June 2020
Version: 12.9.0
I'm an electrical engineer who's been writing software for over 40 years, so it's hard to come up with anything that confuses me. On the other hand, I think a non-technical person could get overwhelmed by this utility. That being said, I can't live without this. I use Parallels VM manager with Windows and Linux on my MAC and I need the mapping control. The ability to program the rocker buttons on my Logitech trackball to slide between Mac desktops is addictive.
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5
allenchiirogakutetsu
03 May 2020
Version: 12.9.0
for non technical person it is very easy and fast to use. the software comes with online resources to download without much configuration. i installed and download the "halfqwerty" configuration within the app and got it working in less than 5 minutes!
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Tony-169eda05
25 April 2020
Version: 12.9.0
Agreed with last poster. Impossible to install unless you do it at the command level. It's locked on install and no way to unlock it. I was going into the Contents folder of the app (right click on the app > Show Package Contents) and found everything there was locked too. I literally Got Info on every item, added myself to Permissions and then gave myself Read/Write privileges so I could at least delete those files. But I couldn't delete the app itself until I found this site: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/362662/how-to-delete-a-locked-app It seemed to work (the app icons were gone from the Applications folder) but if it was running before you uninstalled it, look at your status bar at top. I noticed that despite uninstalling it, it was open and active in the status bar. Found another page dealing with that issue: https://github.com/pqrs-org/Karabiner-Elements/issues/459 All in all, if an app makes it this hard to uninstall, I'm 100% suspicious. Install at your own risk. I hope I got everything off!
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Filou53
20 January 2020
Version: 12.8.0
it's now 12 9 0...
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5
numberer6
18 October 2019
Version: 12.7.0
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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0.5
Sleav
09 July 2019
Version: 12.5.0
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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5
Eric•Woehler
10 June 2019
Version: 12.5.0
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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Drdul
18 April 2019
Version: 12.2.0
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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Lumac52
12 November 2017
Version: 10.22.0
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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jrtmanmd
15 June 2017
Version: 10.22.0
This was great, until OSx 10.12. Has this been updated to work properly with Sierra (10.12)? :-(
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5
kingsj0405
06 October 2016
Version: 10.21.0
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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jfblagden
12 July 2016
Version: 10.21.0
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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5
Grubengold
11 June 2016
Version: 10.19.0
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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5
kamil-stachowski
18 February 2016
Version: 10.11.0
A life saver. Fantastic. Thank you so much for this program!
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barmacj
03 October 2015
Version: 10.9.0
I need to use a wireless presenter with Preview. But all presenters send Up_Arrow and Down_Arrow signals. Preview needs Left_Arrow and Right_Arrow signals. The Karabiner standard key remap list does not include this option. How can I make this remap? I'm not confident to dive into code.
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5
centzon
24 July 2015
Version: 10.6
This really is a top-notch application. I came to it in order to get a keyboard shortcut for a right-mouse-click to get contextual menu (now Fn+C), and now I think I have gone a little bit crazy following some of the examples at http://osxnotes.net/karabiner.html What really does it for me is the ability to create whole new "key spaces", for example map caps lock to cmd+opt+ctrl as a modifier key for every other key and you have a wealth of options that likely do not conflict with anything else on the system. Cannot praise this app highly enough!
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5
四点
01 June 2015
Version: 10.6
necessary.
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5
xzc1988
20 April 2015
Version: 10.6
Awesome app. It greatly increases my productivity. Keep on going!
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5
oferinbar1
19 April 2015
Version: 10.6
awesome. allowed me to turn my logitech k400r windows usb wireless keyboard into an osx keyboard in 10 minutes (change the control key on the keyboard to the command key).
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5
slamet-kristanto
17 January 2015
Version: 10.6
very useful app ... recommended ....
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Eric•Woehler
08 October 2014
Version: 10.3.0
I installed to use back slash key as Forward Delete. It works nicely. But, appears to conflict with Key Cue - prevents Key Cue from starting. Every time I try to start Key Cue (double tap Command key), I get message asking me to allow Key Cue to control the computer using Accessibility section of System Preferences. Key Cue is set to do so and so I need to turn Karabiner off to use Key Cue. Happy to work with Dev (send logs etc) to solve this.
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5
Drdul
31 August 2014
Version: 10.2.0
I keep discovering new uses for this app. I originally installed it to map the backslash key on my MacBook Pro to forward delete. Then I discovered a bunch more uses for it, the latest of which is to add a delay to Command-Q. I was always accidentally pressing Cmd-Q and quitting apps when I just wanted to press Cmd-W to close a window. Now I have to press and hold Cmd-Q in order to quit an app. Love it!
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5
grsc3p0
24 August 2014
Version: 10.2.0
An essential app for me. It allows me to use a wireless ISO PC illuminated keyboard on my Mac mini. Strongly recommended.
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5
Fotodivr
22 July 2014
Version: 10.1.0
does what it says it does... like that
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Cattus-Thraex
10 July 2014
Version: 10.0.0
Why this new name?! What is the connection between its functions and a carabineer? even a German one.
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SMcCandlish
17 February 2014
Version: 9.3.0
This really only works with the MacBook, not other Macs? I run Mavericks on a 2010 Mac Pro, and this would be useful for me, if it works. If it's not limited to MacBooks in particular, I'd suggest a rename. If it really only work on MacBooks, how hard would be it be to broaden this app to include other Macs? I'm guessing not too bad, since you're also making something similar for PCs. :-)
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5
Philosopherdog
02 December 2013
Version: 9.2.0
Brilliant app. I use it to speed up the repeat rate on any OS X keyboard. It seems I'm not alone in finding the max repeat rate too slow in OS X.
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John-Sawyer-CJS
16 November 2013
Version: 9.0.0
For people not running Mavericks, it would be nice for this listing to have a link to the immediately prior version of KeyRemap4MacBook, version 8.4.0--as it is, the "Download Older Version" link will download 5.1.0, which is for versions of OS X through 10.4.11. With the posting of KR4MB 9.0, we can no longer download versions for OS X 10.5.x-10.8.x.
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Virtualruffy
15 November 2013
Version: 9.0.0
Link above is downloading v 8.4 v9 link is https://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook/files/KeyRemap4MacBook-9.0.0.dmg
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Nontroppo
24 September 2013
Version: 8.4.0
Read through the online documentation to get a feel for how powerful this is: https://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook/document.html.en Also of note is PCKeyboardHack by the same author -- I finally use my CAPS LOCK for something useful!!! Excellent utility all round...
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OhEssex
17 May 2013
Version: 8.2.0
I don't like the installer for this thing! The installer guides you through the process and, without any notification beforehand, you're left with a dialog box asking you to restart the machine. I wish software that did this would indicate this up front (Apple's software update does) because when I've got a zillion things open on my machine the last thing I need is to have a rogue window in my environment that just needs to receive an errant carriage return to just completely hose my workflow. I'm never clear about quitting these installers at the point they ask for a restart in case that breaks something about the installation process...
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Thomas-Svendsen
13 May 2013
Version: 8.1.0
Solved my big problem!
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Osxi
13 May 2013
Version: 8.1.0
Hi, looks like a great app. Why does it phone home when you first launch it?
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Apikoros
17 March 2013
Version: 8.0.30
Won't work for me with an Apple wireless keyboard and late 2012 iMac, running 10.8.2. I was trying to remap forward slash to forward delete. It worked immediately after I made the setting, but the setting doesn't persist after restart, whether or not I enter KeyRemap4MacBook as a startup item.
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Aikousha
20 February 2013
Version: 8.0.0
Can this work in such a way as to modify only the keys on an external numeric keypad, without altering the numeric keypad on the main keyboard? If so, that should probably be part of the main description, as that could have hundreds of uses (including the ability to have a boardroom table with a dozen keypads, each programmed differently, to use as a feedback method, for gaming, etc.).
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VictorPrijker
30 January 2013
Version: 8.0.0
This is the best free utility for OSX ever. Ever. I can't recommend it enough to anyone using a Mac. Takayama Fumihiko did a splendid job since the beginning (for me, since version 5), adding more and more valuable remaping and programming options to the Mac keyboard. I can't imagine using my MBP without it. I will try version 8, but, as before, I am sure it will be another great version of this invaluable piece of software. Apple should seriously consider to integrate such an amazing keyboard programming utility in the core of OSX.
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nctyb
01 October 2012
Version: 7.8.0
I have a MBA 3,1 which has an "Eject" button on "F12". KeyRemap4MacBook is great and allowed me to shift the volume and itunes control buttons over one and replace the eject button. I am experiencing a bit of difficulty with the new "F12" key that is remapped as "Volume up". They key works every time I press it, however, whey I press and hold the key it does not continue to increase the volume. Meanwhile, the "Volume Down" button ("F11") does continue to decrease the volume when held. I believe it has something to do with the key refresh rate. I welcome any suggestions. THANKS!
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Cattus-Thraex
31 May 2012
Version: 7.7.0
UKELELE is inappropriately quoted here, as is this app quoted under UKELELE, as they have completely different uses: KeyRemap changes the system assignments to various command keys, where as UKELELE creates custom keyboard layouts (keylayouts). The admins should remove this confusing reference under both apps.
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5
Wcody
25 May 2012
Version: 7.7.0
Incredibly capable and comprehensive. Creating your own xml is pretty easy. Extremely well done and thoughtful app! I used this with a Logitech R400 Wireless Presenter to have the "." key remapped to a "b" key (for the "black screen button") so Keynote and Powerpoint simply black out, and not quit.
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3.5
larrybush
10 May 2012
Version: 7.7.0
nic that u can customize the keyboard and that too for free
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5
VictorPrijker
09 May 2012
Version: 7.6.0
The best is getting better. Thank you so much for this wonderful piece of software, amazingly free!
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Lolita
02 February 2012
Version: 7.5.0
Is this a kernel extension?
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Oxo-design
17 November 2011
Version: 7.5.0
Hi! v. 7.5.7 is on :)
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4.5
VictorPrijker
02 November 2011
Version: 7.5.0
This is an amazing OSX utility. I always install it any OS I use and couldn't work without it. It should be part of the Apple MacOS system itself. A brillant piece of software, kudos to the programmer(s)!
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Oxo-design
20 May 2011
Version: 7.3.0
A lot of options, great app. But not all working ok (for me). Not working option "Don't remap external keyboards" - in my case Apple Pro keyboards A1048 and M7803. Why i need this? As Quark user i want functionality of F13 key on MacBook Pro. There is an option to change Eject key to F13 and it works when i'm "mobile" but this remaps my Eject key on my external keyboards also when MacBook works ad workstation with big external monitor and keyboard. In this case i can't shut down with cmd-opt-ctrl-eject (or restart with cmd-ctrl-eject). If someone have any idea how make it working please let me now, ill be very appreciate.
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5
Wakayama
17 May 2011
Version: 7.3.0
brilliant, just brilliant
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5
nargot
12 May 2011
Version: 7.2.0
Thank you for the free software that finally allows me to use my logitech n305 wireless numberpad (which when i bought logitech claimed it would work on their website, then they pulled that info after i enquired why it did not work... that was over 2 years ago now) i will explore all the other features but for remapping logitech wireless numperpads it works perfectly
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5
xati-ba
03 March 2011
Version: 7.1.0
Absolutely excellent for users with Japanese keyboards. I can finally make use of the Eisuu, Kana and fn keys. 私はそれは本当に素晴らしいアプリだと思う.
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Psychos
29 March 2010
Version: 6.5
Has anyone tried this under 10.6.3 yet? As I mentioned below, I'm currently using this to remap my broken Up arrow to Right Shift. Thus, I'd be stuck without a working Up arrow if this isn't compatible yet...
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