IPA keyboard layouts for Mac OS X

(see below for layout)

These are keyboard layouts to make it easier to type in the International Phonetic Alphabet. There are two layouts available, one based on QWERTY, the other on Dvorak. By default, these will function as a normal keyboard; however, if Caps Lock is on, instead of typing capital letters, it'll type letters in IPA.

It's based on X-SAMPA. Any letter with a backslash after it, use the option key instead (e.g., ʝ is j\ in X-SAMPA, so type option-J to get it); any time a ` is after a letter, type it before instead (e.g., ɚ is @` in X-SAMPA, so type ` then shift-2); otherwise, it's the same as X-SAMPA.

Otherwise, the keyboard is based on my QWERTY more and Dvorak more layouts, so any symbols you can type on those can also be typed on this layout. Those layouts are in turn based on the US layouts, so use option-3 for £, option-U for umlauts, option-E for accents.


Download the layouts

To install:

  1. Depending on the browser you use, there may or may not be a folder called ipa-layouts. If there isn't, double-click ipa-layouts.tgz or ipa-layouts.tar; then the folder should exist. Open the folder.
  2. In Finder, open a new window, choose Go > Go to Folder (G), type ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts and click Go.
  3. Copy the files from the ipa-layouts folder (not the folder itself) into the Keyboard Layouts folder you just opened.
  4. Log out and then log back in.
  5. Then you have to enable it in System Preferences; on Mavericks, it's System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources > (click the plus sign) > Other, and you should see it there. It doesn't show a preview (and it may say "Keyboard layout not available" where the preview should be), but it should still work. On older systems, it may be under International instead of Keyboard.