Linux: Swap CapsLock Escape Keys

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

How to make Caps Lock do Escape Key on Linux?

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

! -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
! 2014-09-10
! make caps lock do escape
! from http://xahlee.info/

! 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.

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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

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