I am using 'i3` window manager on Fedora 25. I've already uninstalled GNOME Desktop. I want to change keyboard layout and set it to languages other than English, and desirably also to set it as Alt+Shift shortcut for easy access.

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You can use setxkbmap:

setxkbmap -layout us,de
setxkbmap -option 'grp:alt_shift_toggle'

Just change the keyboard layouts us,de to what ever you prefer. If you want i3 to run these commands on startup, just add them to your config file "~/.i3/config" and prepend "exec".

exec "setxkbmap -layout us,de"
exec "setxkbmap -option 'grp:alt_shift_toggle'"

Checkout http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:window_managers:keyboard_layout_in_i3

  • Thanks, is it possible to add an indication of it on i3bar as well? – w17t Dec 1 '16 at 14:07
  • Yes, it is. See docs.slackware.com/… – tomsal Jan 13 '17 at 10:28
  • this just doesn't work, nothing changes when using alt-shift =( – Yurii Aug 19 '17 at 16:59
  • Have you tried using the setxkbmap commands from the command line (without the i3 config)? What does it say when you run setxkbmap -query? – tomsal Aug 20 '17 at 19:50

For me only the following worked in Manjaro + i3:

exec_always "setxkbmap -model pc104 -layout us,ru,ua -variant ,, -option grp:alt_shift_toggle"

I specified this in ~/.config/i3/config file

It indeed seems that everything must be written inside a single command in the i3 config file in order for setxkbmap to work as desired, at least on Arch linux.

Example: English + Czech qwerty keyboard, ALT+SHIFT toggle:

exec "setxkbmap -option 'grp:alt_shift_toggle' -layout us,cz -variant ,qwerty"

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