Linux: Set Key Repeat Rate

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

How to set a key repeat rate by command?

Type the following in terminal.

# set key repeat rate. delay 280 milisecond, 40 per sec
xset r rate 280 40
# set key repeat rate to default. 25 per sec, 660 milisecond delay
xset r rate

Copy and paste the above in ~/.xprofile

Create the file if it doesn't exist.

X11 will road it when start up.

LXDE Key Repeat Rate Config File

You can also set lxde specific config file.

[see Linux: LXDE Set Key Repeat Rate]

[see Linux: How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce]

Xfce Key Repeat Rate Config File

If you are using Xfce desktop, you can also set key repeat rate in a config file at


Here's sample xfce key repeat rate config file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<channel name="keyboards" version="1.0">
  <property name="Default" type="empty">
    <property name="Numlock" type="bool" value="false"/>
    <property name="KeyRepeat" type="empty">
      <property name="Delay" type="int" value="280"/>
      <property name="Rate" type="int" value="40"/>

Linux Keybinding How-to

  1. Keyboard Software Guide
  2. Swap Control Alt Keys
  3. Set F2 F3 F4 to Cut Copy Paste
  4. CapsLock → Escape
  5. CapsLock → Home
  6. Shift Lock
  7. Key to Switch App
  8. Key Repeat Rate
  9. System Keyboard Layout
  10. Switch Keyboard Layout
  11. Change Volume
  12. xmodmap
  13. xbindkeys
  14. xvkbd
  15. Find Keyboard Key Scancode
  16. X11 Keyboard Key Names
  17. 2 Layouts for 2 Keyboards
  18. Chinese Input Setup


  1. Mouse Hover to Auto-Raise Window
  2. Mouse Hover-Click
  3. Set Mouse Single-Click to Open File
  4. How to Set Mouse Speed
  5. How to Swap Mouse Buttons
  6. Set Trackball/Mouse Do Scroll
  7. Setup Accelerated Scroll and AutoScroll
  8. X11 Mouse Button Numbering

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