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
  • (56 stars)

    by leonehal on 29/12/2012

    Very good. 5 + stars...A+++ must install

  • (56 stars)

    by Paddy Landau on 27/06/2014

    The swipe-up action is unreliable, sometimes doing what it is supposed to do but more often typing characters. When this is fixed, the keyboard will be near-perfect for technical use.

  • (56 stars)

    by Salim Shaikh on 27/06/2014


  • (56 stars)

    by smith jump on 27/06/2014


  • (56 stars)

    by Ryan Burke on 26/06/2014

    No strange permissions, works as expected, lots of configuration available, and it works. I couldn't be happier with it.

  • (56 stars)

    by David Lane on 26/06/2014

    My only criticism is that typing smilies is so annoying: -( See what I mean? !

  • (56 stars)

    by Cor Koelewijn on 25/06/2014

    If you use some apps that connect to a real computer or server, then you just cannot live without it!

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