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in windows there is a program called keyboard jedi that shows what keys are pressed on the keyboard. is there an equivalent for linux?

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There is xev program for graphic mode. Man of xev is here http://linux.die.net/man/1/xev On ubuntu/debian it is packed into x11-utils package.

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Others have mentioned xev, which is good when you're running X11. When you're at the console, however, showkey is what you want.

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If you are looking for something that graphically shows you what key is pressed currently (perhaps for the corner of a screencast), key-mon might be the ticket.

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If you're at a shell prompt, you can press Ctrl-v then the key of interest to see what the output is. For example, on my system, pressing Ctrl-v then Right Arrow shows ^[[C which means Escape, Left Bracket, C.

As others have mentioned, xev is the way to go for X11.

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Also screenkey. Which is based on mon-key.

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You'd be wanting xev.

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