EurKEY on Ubuntu — 18 Mar, 2019

Hello single person that reads this posts.

Last week I decided to build a desktop computer, this computer will mainly be used for Development and I should not "play" with the system, so I decided to go with Ubuntu, it's not my favourite distro but it's perfect for this use case.

I'm using the default desktop environment (Gnome with Gnome-Shell), it is a bit RAM heavy, but the machine has lot's of RAM, so it's not a big problem.

After installation I dived into the gnome-control-center, got into the Regions and Language, and I didn't found the EURKey layout, even tough it is installed, I could switch temporarily with setxkbmap eu but I didn't wanted that, I was looking to configure it properly.

So it seems that the Gnome folks really like to hide things from us for the sake of "symplicity", so I had to search a bit.

Here it goes

  1. Make sure the gnome-control-center is closed

  2. Run this on your terminal:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources true

  3. Log out and log back in (or just restart the gnome-shell)

  4. Open gnome-control-center, go to Regions and Language, choose your language and you should find EurKEY (US Based layout with european letters.

And it is that simple!