US International on OS X

Last year I promoted the US International keyboard layout as the ultimate solution for english keyboards. A weeks ago, I started using OS X on my MacBook (It had been running Gentoo Linux before) and so I wanted to use the US International keyboard layout within OS X. At first I was enthusiastic when I saw the "U.S. International - PC" layout in the Language & Text settings, but after a few seconds I realised that this wasn't the layout I was looking for.

After some googling I found Ukulele, a nice editor for creating custom keyboard layouts for OS X. So I created my own US International keyboard. I use the "USA International (ALtGr dead keys)" layout from GNOME as my draft, because I'm used to it. It has a very few differences to the US International layout described on Wikipedia Here's a screenshot of it:

US International (AltGr dead keys) keyboard layout from GNOME

If you want to try, it is very easy to install:

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25 thoughts on “US International on OS X

  1. Thank you SO much - I'm running this on OSX 10.9 Mavericks and works like a charm with my Lenovo International English Keyboard!

    Greatly appreciate you making this available to help us all ...

  2. thank you very much!! this works great in OSX yosemite. it's exactly what I was missing in OSX to keep the same keyboard layout that I use in linux

  3. I am looking for just this, but the download is broken. I would be thankfull if you could send me the layout! 🙂

    • Try right-clicking on the link and select "Save Linked File as ..." (or similar depending on your browsers). Some browsers try to view the file and fail to do so.

  4. Hello,

    This layout is exactly what I am looking for. I use Mac OS X Yosemite and I have installed the file in /Library/Keyboard Layouts but the keyboard doesn't appear even after a reboot.

    Any idea what I am doing wrong ?

  5. I have a problem, I'm used to write with this keyboard on linux and I don't have the same behavior with this one. ` key cannot be combined with e to get è, ^ nether. And it seems to be reversed, you have to type the letter before the symbol.

    This keyboard seems to be embedded with mojave. Do you know if it possible to get the same keyboard as linux one?

    • Which link do you mean? The one for the keyboard layout works fine for me. Try 'saving' it directly, by right-clicking and selecting 'Download link as ...' or something similar depending on your browser.

  6. I would like to use this, Mac OSX Catalina,
    but putting the file into the name folder
    ls /Library/Keyboard\ Layouts/
    U.S. International wo dead keys.keylayout

    does not help. also, in system preferences there is no Language & Text sectio
    Just Language and Region, and Keyboard

    so how is this supposed to work?

    • found it, need to install it as user, and then, after logout/in, it is under Others, at the end of the list of keyboard layouts

  7. Thanks a lot for this! But i cannot the "dead key" working, it should be activated with "altgr + `" in order to do this accent: è".

    Am i missing something ?

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