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uinput level keyboard mapper for linux, with advanced caps lock and shift swapping behavior

This is the only keymapper I am aware of capable of implementing this layout:
Unix Programmer's Dvorak

The Problem

If you ever have mapped keys on linux, you know that there is the console keymap (loadkeys) and the X keymap (setxkbmap) also things like SDL and Virtualbox grab the input directly and respect no maps. Lastly I want to revert to QWERTY when holding ctrl so ctrl+c works just like normal, without remapping all programs to ctrl+j. Linux keymaps cannot do this either.

The Solution

  1. Grab a keyboard device directly so only we can read events from it.
  2. Create a new keyboard input device with uinput, this is identical to any other keyboard device to anything running on the box.
  3. Read input_events from real device, map them, send them to our created device.

This solution is what rusty-keys implements, it works in ttys, in X, in virtualbox even running windows or whatever, on SDL games, it will work literally everywhere, because rusty-keys just creates a regular keyboard.

How to run

When ran, it will read a keymap.toml file from your current working directory, refer to example and tweak to suit.

Usage: rusty-keys [options]

    -h, --help          prints this help message
    -v, --version       prints the version
    -d, --device DEVICE specify the keyboard input device file
    -c, --config FILE   specify the keymap config file to use

with only one keyboard attached:

with multiple keyboards, currently you must specify one:
rusty-keys -d /dev/input/event0

find all eligible keyboard devices like:
grep -E 'Handlers|EV' /proc/bus/input/devices | grep -B1 120013 | grep -Eo event[0-9]+

For using the systemd unit with by-id or by-path:

$ systemd-escape --template=rusty-keys@.service by-id/usb-04c8_USB_Keyboard-event-kbd

How to install


AGPLv3 for now, message me if you have a problem with this


Technically this is a re-implementation of a previous python program I had been using for 3 years previously.