I have a JIS type keyboard but osx is recognizing it as ANSI

Before you answer There is no "change keyboard type" button in keyboard settings

there is no file named com.apple.keyboardtype.plist

I have tried to manually open the keyboard setup wizard but when I click it nothing happens

  • Do you have this problem Only in Terminal, not in other apps too? Feb 8, 2021 at 12:42
  • Please give specific example of how it is "recognized as ANSI". What character is produced when you press the key at the top left corner? Feb 8, 2021 at 12:45
  • No, Im asking how to change the keyboard type to JIS via terminal command line
    – Koden
    Feb 9, 2021 at 11:39
  • Download karabiner elements and you can change the keyboard setting for sure.
    – William
    Oct 22, 2021 at 0:01

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Try running:


Works for my Bluetooth device.

I'm also currently trying to find a way to do it through the Terminal (to create a launctl so I don't have to run it every time it goes to sleep) without any luck so far. I will update this post once I find a way.

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