How to Identify MacBook Keyboard Layout?


This article was updated on Mar 27, 2019.

Mac keyboards come with various layouts and localizations, which are specific to a given country or region. Here you'll find an infographic to quickly determine which localization you have. Below the infographic, we have listed all Mac layouts with detailed illustrations. These are also the exact layouts we use on our MacBook keyboard stickers.

If you have a laptop other than MacBook, please click here.

Table of contents

  1. The infographic
  2. MacBook keyboard localizations
  3. How to physically switch layouts or to have a multilingual keyboard?

The infographic

The world of Mac keyboard layouts by Keyshorts

MacBook Keyboard Localizations Throughout the World

US English Layout

Used in the US, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and many other countries. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

US English Mac keyboard layout

(US) English International Layout

It has identical characters layout as US English but uses ISO (European) key shapes. This is the most common layout in Poland. We also advise our customers to choose this layout, if they want to switch from any European language to English keyboard. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

US International Mac keyboard layout

UK (British) English Layout

Used in the United Kingdom and Ireland. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

UK English Mac keyboard layout

Arabic Layout

Used in Arabic-speaking countries: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, etc. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Arabic Mac keyboard layout

Armenian (Western) Layout

Used in Armenia. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Armenian Mac keyboard layout

Azeri/Azerbaijani Layout

Used in Azerbaijan. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Azeri Mac keyboard layout

Belgian Layout

Used in Belgium. It's identical to the French layout on a Mac. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Belgian Mac keyboard layout

Bengali Layout

Used in Bangladesh and India. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Bengali Mac keyboard layout

Bosnian Layout

Used in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It's identical to Croatian, Slovene, and Serbian Latin layouts. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Bosnian Mac keyboard layout

Bulgarian Layout

Used in Bulgaria. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Bulgarian Mac keyboard layout

Burmese Layout

Used in Myanmar. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Burmese Mac keyboard layout

Chinese (Taiwanese) Layout

Used in Taiwan and Hong Kong. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Chinese Mac keyboard layout

Colemak Layout

Used by writers and programmers as a faster alternative to standard QWERTY. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Colemak Mac keyboard layout

Croatian Layout

Used in Croatia and Montenegro. It is identical to Bosnian, Slovene and Serbian Latin layouts. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Croatian Mac keyboard layout

Czech Layout

Used in the Czech Republic. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Czech Mac keyboard layout

Danish Layout

Used in Denmark, Greenland and Faroese Islands. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Danish Mac keyboard layout

Dvorak Layout

Used by writers and programmers as a faster alternative to standard QWERTY. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Dvorak Mac keyboard layout

Dutch Layout

Dutch layout is a modified English International with euro sign added. It is used in the Netherlands. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Dutch Mac keyboard layout

Estonian Layout

Used in Estonia. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Estonian Mac keyboard layout

Finnish Layout

Used in Finland. It's identical to the Swedish layout. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Finnish Mac keyboard layout

French Layout

Used in France, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria, French Guyana, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire. It's also used in parts of Luxembourg and Switzerland. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

French Mac keyboard layout

French Canadian Layout

This is a QWERTY variant of French layout, used by French-speaking citizens of Canada, mainly in Quebec region. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

French Canadian Mac keyboard layout

German Layout

Used in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and can also be found in Switzerland. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

German Mac keyboard layout

Greek Layout

Used in Greece. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Greek Mac keyboard layout

Greek Polytonic Layout

An alternative to standard Greek layout, with more language-specific symbols. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Greek Polytonic Mac keyboard layout

Gujarati Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Gujarat. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Gujarati Mac keyboard layout

Israeli (Hebrew) Layout

Used in Israel. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout. Kudos to Hila M. for corrections :-) 

Israeli Hebrew Mac keyboard layout

Hindi (Devanagari) Layout

Used in India. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Hindi Devanagari Mac keyboard layout

Hungarian Layout

Used in Hungary. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Hungarian Mac keyboard layout

Icelandic Layout

Used in Iceland. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Icelandic Mac keyboard layout

Italian Layout

Used in Italy. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Italian Mac keyboard layout

Japanese Layout

Used in Japan. It has distinct key shapes, with additional keys next to space, and changed placement of Caps Lock, Control, and Fn keys. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Japanese Mac keyboard layout

Kannada Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Karnataka. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Kannada Mac keyboard layout

Kazakh Layout

Used in Kazakhstan. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Kazakh Mac keyboard layout

Khmer Layout

Used in Cambodia and Vietnam. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Khmer Mac keyboard layout

Korean (2-Set) Layout

Used in South Korea. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Korean Mac keyboard layout

Lithuanian Layout

Used in Lithuania. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Lithuanian Mac keyboard layout

Macedonian Layout

Used in Macedonia. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Macedonian Mac keyboard layout

Malay (Jawi) Layout

Used in Malaysia. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Malay Jawi Mac keyboard layout

Malayalam Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Kerala. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Malayalam Mac keyboard layout

Maltese Layout

Used in Malta as an alternative to widely used UK English or Italian layouts. This layout has symbols specific to the Maltese language. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Maltese Mac keyboard layout

Northern Sami Layout

Used in northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Northern Sami Mac keyboard layout

Norwegian Layout

Used in Norway and Svalbard. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Norwegian Mac keyboard layout

Oriya (Odia) Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Odisha. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Oriya Mac keyboard layout

Persian (Farsi) Layout

Used in Iran. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Persian Farsi Mac keyboard layout

Portuguese Layout

Used in Portugal and Brazil. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Portuguese Mac keyboard layout

Portuguese (Brazilian ABNT2) Layout

Used in Brazil. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Portuguese Brazilian ABNT2 Mac keyboard layout

Punjabi (Gurmukhi) Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Punjab and Pakistan. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Punjabi Gurmukhi Mac keyboard layout

Romanian Layout

Used in Romania, although Romanian - StandardUS English, and English International layouts are more popular.

Romanian Mac keyboard layout

Russian Layout

Used in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Belarus. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Russian Mac keyboard layout

Russian Phonetic Layout

Used mainly by foreigners who learn Russian. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Russian phonetic Mac keyboard layout

Serbian Layout

Used in Serbia. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Serbian Mac keyboard layout

Serbian (Latin QWERTY) Layout

Used in Serbia. Identical to the Croatian, Bosnian, and Slovene layouts. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Serbian Latin Mac keyboard layout

Sinhala (QWERTY) Layout

Used in Sri Lanka. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Sinhala QWERTY Mac keyboard layout

Slovak Layout

Used in Slovakia. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Slovak Mac keyboard layout

Slovene/Slovenian Layout

Used in Slovenia. Identical to the Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian Latin layouts. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Slovene Mac keyboard layout

Spanish ISO (Spain) Layout

Used in Spain and Latin American countries: Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Surinam, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Spanish Mac keyboard layout

Spanish (Latin America) Layout

Used in the US, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Surinam, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Spanish Latin America Mac keyboard layout

Swedish Layout

Used in Sweden and Finland. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Swedish Mac keyboard layout

Swiss Layout

Used in Switzerland. Matches both Swiss German and Swiss French layouts. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Swiss Mac keyboard layout

Tamil Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Tamil Mac keyboard layout

Telugu Layout

Used mainly in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Telugu Mac keyboard layout

Thai Layout

Used in Thailand. You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Thai Mac keyboard layout

Tibetan (QWERTY) Layout

Used by Tibetan people all around the world. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Tibetan QWERTY Mac keyboard layout

Turkish F Layout

Used in Turkey by enthusiasts and fast-typists. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Turkish F Mac keyboard layout

Turkish Q Layout

This is a modern, widely used version of Turkish layout which utilizes QWERTY key placement (Turkish-Q). You can buy a MacBook or Apple keyboard with this layout.

Turkish Q Mac keyboard layout

Ukrainian Layout

Used in Ukraine. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Ukrainian Mac keyboard layout

Urdu Layout

Used in Pakistan and India. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Urdu Mac keyboard layout

Vietnamese Layout

Used in Vietnam. This layout is available through Mac OS keyboard settings. You can't buy a Mac with this layout.

Vietnamese Mac keyboard layout

How to physically switch layouts or to have a multilingual keyboard

During the years we run Keyshorts we learned how many people need to change their keyboard layout or to have multiple layouts on the same keyboard. Unfortunately, purchasing and replacing the keyboard is expensive and hard, and - in the case of quite a few layouts - impossible.

Keyboard stickers are a great solution for this. They are relatively cheap and easy to apply and come with many different layouts. You can even customize their caption and background colors.

If you simply want to switch your keyboard to another layout, we can suggest choosing our Simple Black stickers or language stickers.

If you want to have two languages on one keyboard, try our bilingual stickers. If you need even more, our trilingual stickers and quadrilingual stickers will be the perfect solution.

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Sebastian Kończak
Sebastian Konczak

Multi-discipline man and co-founder at Keyshorts and order management software Ordee. I write about working from home, productivity hacks, e-commerce, keyboards, and Adobe tutorials.


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