How to Get Keyboard Key Names on Linux
Categories: [Technology], [How To]
Having the name to a certain key on your keyboard comes in handy.
This is especially true for anyone using a tiling window manager.
Since they often use keyboard shortcuts to execute actions.
It may be obvious that the name for the "a" key on your keyboard is "a". But what about "left shift" or "@"?
This is where
xev comes in.
sudo pacman -S xorg-xevon arch based systems)
- Press the desired key
- Once you press the key while running xev you'll see a bunch of text pop up in the terminal where you launched xev from.
Look for the line that starts with "state".
On that line is some text inside of parentheses. Something like
keysum 0xffe1, Shift_L.
The text after the comma is the name of the key on your keyboard.