I have a MacBook Pro with an Italian keyboard, and I need to type ` character in a bash script. But I cannot get the right key sequence. How can I type this character?


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If you have an international english keyboard, it's to the right of the left shift key.

If you have neither US nor Int'l English keyboard layout, now would be a good time to tell us what you have instead. Or, open System Preferences, click on Language & Text, Input Sources (*), then check both Keyboard & Character Viewer and Show Input menu in menu bar. Now you can open the Keyboard Viewer from the new menu bar item and look up all characters. Press Shift and/or Option to see what characters are written when those modifiers are pressed.

*: This is also where you would look up your keyboard layout.

If your keyboard layout doesn't have this key at all, in Character Palette you can find it searching for GRAVE ACCENT.

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    I have italian keyboard and cannot see that key
    – Cris
    Oct 25, 2010 at 14:01
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    @Cris Wow, that is one funky layout. Backtick is on the same key as 9 in the number row, you need to press alt (not shift though). It is only available as a deadkey, so you need to press Space afterwards. Otherwise, e.g. an e would be transformed to an è.
    – Daniel Beck
    Oct 25, 2010 at 14:08
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    @Cris if you use "Italian Pro" layout instead of "Italian" (see my answer on how to find this out), a non-deadkey version is between Esc and Tab, but you need to press Option/Alt to get it.
    – Daniel Beck
    Oct 25, 2010 at 14:09

I think the real answer is pretty hidden so i will state it clearly for the next users:

The backtick is Alt+\ on the Italian keyboard layout of a Mac OS X 10.7.5.

It's also available as Alt+9 then Space (dead key).

  • MacBook now, instead of Alt has option key, so e.g. in Italian Keyboard is: option + \ Jul 21, 2022 at 7:56

That's an accent and is normally found on the same as the tilde key (right under esc).

Note that this is not a Mac keyboard, but the placement should be the same.

accent key placement


on the Italian Mac keyboard you just press option + 9

Look I'm doing it right now ````````  xD

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    A previous answer says same thing.
    – Toto
    Jan 18, 2022 at 8:48

On an Italian Mac keyboard (QWERTY, MacBook Pro), it's:

⌥ + ⇧ + 1.


For anyone arriving here because option + \ does work in terminal, but not in other programs (like Intellij or Pycharm),

I just found out that with the new release of Intellij, they added a new keymap (option + \) to enable AI Assistant auto complete.

So, if you want to have backtick again, remember to disable that shortcut or use option + 9

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