Linux: Swap CapsLock Escape Keys

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

How to make CapsLock do Escape Key on Linux?

Create a file at ~/.Xmodmap with the following content:

! 2014-09-10
! make caps lock do escape
! from

! keycode   9 = Escape NoSymbol Escape
! keycode  66 = Caps_Lock NoSymbol Caps_Lock

clear Lock
keycode 66 = Escape NoSymbol Escape

Now, run this line in terminal:

xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap

When you restart, that file will run automatically.

Linux xmodmap keybinding