This is my very first experience with Apple products. For the last 20+ years, I have been using the Russian Typewriter keyboard layout that is available out-of-the-box in all Windows and GNU/Linux distributions.

(This layout is much more convenient than other Russian layouts, as the digits are typed via Shift, while , and . are available when you press 6 and 7 without Shift. In many other Russian layouts, the comma and the dot are under the right pinky, and sometimes even on the same button, so that you need to use Shift to type a comma.)

I have tried to find the Russian Typewriter keyboard layout in System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources. In the list of available Russian layouts, there are only three options:

  • Russian
  • Russian - PC
  • Russian - Phonetic

Is that possible to find the Russian Typewriter keyboard layout in the settings? Or my only option is to utilise an external application, such as Ukelele?

2 Answers 2


Apple does not provide a Russian Typewriter layout, so you have to get it online or make one yourself with Ukelele.

One source for this is via the Keyman app.

  • Installing custom software to only bring new keyboard layout into system - insane...
    – Anthony
    Oct 27, 2021 at 9:03

You can download and install the Russian Typewriter layout from here: http://www.lintest.ru/wiki/MacOS

  1. Download provided zip file.
  2. Extract two files: Russian (Typewriter).icns and Russian (Typewriter).keylayout.
  3. Put them to the $HOME/Library/Keyboard Layouts directory.
  4. Change the layout in the Keyboard preferences.

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