Hacker's Keyboard

Hacker's Keyboard

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Are you missing the key layout you're used to from your computer? This keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys.

This keyboard is especially useful if you use ConnectBot for SSH access. It provides working Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and the arrow keys are essential for devices that don't have a trackball or D-Pad.

HAVE FEEDBACK, QUESTIONS, OR BUG REPORTS? Please check https://code.google.com/p/hackerskeyboard/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions or email me. It's difficult to track issues reported through review comments.

Completion dictionaries are provided by plug-in packages, see the "other applications by this developer" section for the currently available list. The keyboard also supports use of dictionaries (but not keyboard layouts) provided by AnySoftKeyboard language packs.

For more information, please see the documentation:

In case an updated version is not working for you, you can download older releases here:

Known issues include:

- Localization for the keyboard layout is incomplete, currently the Spanish, Finnish, Lao, Romanian, and Thai are only localized in 4-row mode and show the English QWERTY layout in 5-row mode.

- Some languages and layouts may not be usable on your phone if it lacks the necessary fonts.

- Right-to-left languages (Arabic, Hebrew) are apparently not fully supported on pre-Honeycomb devices. Your mileage may vary.

- Many applications don't react to additional keys since they aren't programmed to handle them.

The supported keyboard layouts include:
- Armenian (Հայերեն)
- Arabic (العربية)
- Bulgarian (български език)
- Czech (Čeština)
- Danish (dansk)
- English Dvorak (language "en_DV")
- English (QWERTY)
- English/British (en_GB)
- Finnish (Suomi)
- French (Français, AZERTY)
- German (Deutsch, QWERTZ)
- Greek (ελληνικά)
- Hebrew (עברית)
- Hungarian (Magyar)
- Italian (Italiano)
- Lao (ພາສາລາວ)
- Norwegian (Norsk bokmål)
- Persian (فارسی)
- Portugese (Português)
- Romanian (Română)
- Russian (Русский)
- Russian phonetic (Русский, ru-rPH)
- Serbian (Српски)
- Slovak (Slovenčina)
- Slovenian (Slovenščina)/Bosnian/Croatian/Latin Serbian
- Spanish (Español, Español Latinoamérica)
- Swedish (Svenska)
- Tamil (தமிழ்)
- Thai (ไทย)
- Turkish (Türkçe)
- Ukrainian (українська мова)

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Recently changed in this version

Issues with the new version? You can download older releases if needed, see the Description section.

- Removed RECORD_AUDIO permission, and switched to a new voice typing engine.
- Removed READ_CONTACTS permission, disabled using contacts for completions.
- Added Meta/Command/Windows key (❖) for use with remote desktop apps such as bVNC.
- Bugfixes for modifier key handling.
- New layouts: ta (Tamil, தமிழ்), "Español (Latinoamérica)", hu (Hungarian, Magyar).

Comments and ratings for Hacker's Keyboard
  • (74 stars)

    by Aman Gupta on 09/04/2014

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    by faiz Hashmi on 08/04/2014

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    by Mohamed Glaiow on 07/04/2014

    My lovely keyboard

  • (74 stars)

    by Tyler Roberts on 06/04/2014

    Not what I thought, can't get rid of the keyboard, I want this off of my phone COMPLETELY

  • (74 stars)

    by Randall Mitchell on 06/04/2014

    Full PC keyboard Arrow Keys :)

  • (74 stars)

    by David Griffith on 06/04/2014

    The stock keyboard immediately annoyed me because it has no easy way to type some crucially-necessary strokes for use with ssh. This app nicely fixes that oversight. It's very easy to use too.

  • (74 stars)

    by Steven Marzuola on 05/04/2014

    It didn't swipe and that is a big deal for me. Some keys are too small, and I really don't need Control and Alt keys. So I am not using it. But I really like having cursor keys and numbers visible, unlike most other keyboards.