Arabic Phonetic Keyboard

No Custom Software. Just a new keyboard layout for Windows & Mac OS. Optimized for typing with vowels.

Price: Free, just دعاء

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Features:

  • Phonetic Natural Keyboard. A for ا, B for ب, Shift+D for ض

  • Most frequently used keys are available without any Shift/AltGr.

  • Optimized for typing with vowels (harakat)

  • Specially designed to type Quraanic Arabic, in Uthmani script, with Tajweed symbols.

  • Different forms of hamza, meem, yaa provided.

  • Windows and Mac keyboard layout available.

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Windows Installation

Examples

How it works

Arabic Phonetic Keyboard Layout uses the Windows built-in Language and Keyboard feature to introduce a new Keyboard for the Arabic (Saudi Arabia) Language. Once you run the installer and reboot, you will notice a new keyboard is added to the language list.

The keyboard Layout is created using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

You can download the Keyboard Layout file and customize it as you like.

How is it better than others?

It uses the research done by the Intellaren group to make most frequently pressed keys easily accessible through regular keys, without pressing Shift or AltGr (Ctrl+Alt).

Most forms of Alif and Hamza are easily accessible. Press A for ا, Shift A for أ, P for ٱ, Shift P for آ, G for ء

Other keys are Phonetic. For ex, S for س, Shift S for ش, D for د, Shift D for ض, J for ذ, Shift J for ج

Optimized for typing Vowels.

  • Download the Arabic Keyboard 1.2 Zip file.

  • Step 1: Extract the zip file. Run the setup.exe file from the extracted folder, not from the zip file. Do not open the zip file and run the setup.exe from inside the zip file.

  • Step 2: Reboot. Important, without this you don't always see the new Arabic Language and the keyboard appearing in next step.

  • Step 3: You will see a new Language is added in the language bar. Select Arabic as the language and you are ready to type Arabic.

That's it, start typing.

If you are using Windows 8, then it is even easier. Just press Windows Key + Space to switch between languages and keyboards.

Note:

You might already have Arabic language installed. In that case, right click on the Language icon and click Settings.

Then on the settings diaglog, select the "Arabic Phonetic Keyboard Layout" and click "Move Up" to make it the first item under Arabic.

Mac users

Step 1: Download the Arabic Phonetic Keyboard bundle as a zip file.

Step 2: Open the zip file. You will find a file named "Arabic Phonetic.bundle"

Step 3: Copy the file.

Step 4: Press Command+Shift+G

Step 5: Put ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts

Step 6: Paste the file inside that folder.

Step 7: Now go to System Preference -> Keyboard -> Input Sources and add the Arabic Phonetic keyboard.

You can customize the Keyboard Layout by modifying the Ukelele file.

You need Ukelele software to modify it.

Tajweed Symbols are available through Ctrl+Alt combination or pressing the AltGr key (if you have it on your keyboard).