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When I record the screen on a Mac, how can I show keyboard typing in the same image (as shown below)?

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Is there particular screen recording software or settings that will do this?

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up vote 16 down vote accepted

I also use Screenflow, but there are also a few standalone apps for that like Keycastr and Mouseposé.

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thank you very much – Alpacino Jun 1 '12 at 16:10
keycastr is awesome, free and open source! Pro tip: you can drag the display where ever you like. You're not limited to just the lower left corner. – Joel Mellon Oct 14 '15 at 16:25
keycastr looks great – mtpain Nov 18 '15 at 17:51
Just wanted to let you know that Keycastr has issues with keymaps different than QWERTY (AZERTY and DVORAK for example) – Gabriel Jul 5 at 16:22

I believe this is a part of Screenflow, which costs $99, but does have a trial available.

OS X does have a limited ability to do this, but it only shows modifier keys, like Shift, Ctrl, Command, etc. If you're interested in that, it's in System Preferences > Universal Access, under the Keyboard tab. Turn sticky keys on, and then push "Display pressed keys on screen". I don't think that's what you want, but you can check that out as well.

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You could try showing the on screen keyboard; this can be accessed from the language menu item

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This is a great quick solution for some use cases! – alxndr Jun 9 '15 at 2:35

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