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Karabiner is life changing tool that lets you remap keys at a low level on macOS.

I completely remapped my keyboard with it and every key on my keyboard is a custom modifier key that I can program to do what I want.

For example you can make caps lock into an escape key when pressed once but if you hold it, it becomes a hyper key. Hyper key means that a key now serves two purposes, once when pressed alone and once when held down. So for example for remapping caps lock, we can remap it to act as escape when pressed alone once but if we hold down on it it becomes ⌘ + βŒƒ modifier key. So caps lock + F becomes ⌘ + βŒƒ + F. And so on.

I take this idea further and define these kind of hyper keys but for every single key on my keyboard.

My personal Karabiner setup​

I generate my Karabiner config with Goku.

Interesting configs​


  • I can embed simultaneous key mappings inside sticky key definitions.


3 finger trackpad actions​

{:des "hold three fingers on trackpad & press keys" :rules [
[:condi ["multitouch_extension_finger_count_total" 3]]
[:f :button2] ;
:v [:button1 :!Cv]]