How to Create a custom keyboard shortcut in Ubuntu

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xbindkeys is a program that allows you to launch shell commands with your keyboard or your mouse under X Window. It links commands to keys or mouse buttons, using a configuration file. It's independent of the window manager and can capture all keyboard keys (ex: Power, Wake...).

xbindkeys-config-An easy to use gtk program for configuring Xbindkeys.GTK Configure program for xbindkeys.

If you want to create custom keyboard shortcut it is very easy to create

First you need to install xbindkeys using the following

sudo apt-get install xbindkeys

Install xbindkeys-config, it's a GTK frontend for xbindkeys so it' easy to configure xbindkeys with that.

sudo apt-get install xbindkeys-config


Launch xbindkeys


Then launch the GUI to configure custom keyboard shortcut in Ubuntu


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5 Responses

  1. Thanks for good article on KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS.

  2. Al An says:

    Doesn’t work with IBM SK-8809 hotkey setup. Got to kill the process.

  3. Al An says:

    Doesn’t work with IBM SK-8809 hotkey setup. Got to kill the process. Continued…

    sxx@cxx:~$ xbindkeys-config
    xbindkeys(3291): Operation not permitted
    xbindkeys: no process found
    XIO: fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server “:0.0”
    after 17 requests (17 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
    Segmentation fault

  4. Jorge says:

    Finding info about shorkut keys for terminal commands was not easy as i thought. This info was relly useful for me, congratulations for this valuable contribution 🙂

  5. Andrew says:

    I’m not sure if this was just missing entirely from earlier Ubuntu distributions, but you don’t need extra software.

    Just go to System Settings > Keyboards > Shortcuts.

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