Using a Hungarian Windows/Linux-like keyboard layout on a Mac

I was really excited that I would be able to use a Mac for the first time in my life at the new job I landed. After using Windows and Linux for more than 20 years in parallel this seemed to be a great opportunity to try something new.


Imagine my surprise when typing the first email address and the @ sign was not where I expected. Things just got worse when I tried to edit a simple HTML file as almost all the symbols were mapped somewhere else compared to the default Windows/Linux Hungarian layout.

I tried to get used to the new layout, but as at home I’m using mostly Linux, switching between the normal and Mac layout really messed with me.

Imagine my further frustration when I realized that if I used the US English layout, there would be no difference between the Windows/Linux and Mac layouts.

Googling the problem I found the Ukulele app that can be used to modify Mac keyboard layouts, but I was too lazy to start from scratch, so I googled on…

I found the mac-hun-keyboard repository on Github that contained the .keylayout file I needed.

After downloading the Hungarian_Win.keylayout file, copy it to the /Library/Keyboard Layouts/ folder and select the layout in System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources.