OSMC-RC & RPi : French keyboard support


Hi just migrate from a raspbmc install to a new OSMC.
Everything is fine, but I can’t setup my keyboard layout to ‘French AZERTY’, this option is not available.

Is there a way to change this ?


I reply to myself if it could help someone:
It never work with the Kodi/osmc GUI, but logon to console (ssh or exite kodi) then install and configure:
apt-get install console-data
apt-get install console-setup
apt-get install console-locales
apt-get install keyboard-configuration

Is this possible to include these package in the default installation ?


This will affect the console but not Kodi, right ?

To your knowlegde is there a way to have a (french) AZERTY keyboard in OSMC Kodi ?

Dear both, are you stillin the same situation? I am with azerty keyboard which I don’t know if I can change it, and would like to add Azerty input in OSMC.

My keyboard : https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B008JBSTUA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Perhaps @sam_nazarko could help us to explain how to add AZERTY french keyboard to OSMC?

Thanks for all

I tried to change the setting in Kodi, but it won’t works.

After that, I change the settings in the debian shell env;
Then, the keyboard is OK in the shell, and in Kodi.

Settings in kodi doesn’t seem to have any effect on hardware keyboard layout, as stated by xavgra2, it must be set in debian shell… But on my side only the two first packets were necessary:

sudo apt-get install console-data
sudo apt-get install console-setup

to reconfigure afterwards:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

According to this post it interferes with the splash screen and slows boot, so devs are reluctant to add it by default.

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Try dpkg-reconfigure locales instead.


Instead of dpkg-reconfigure console-setup? Or Instead the installation of packets?

You should try dpkg-reconfigure locales before installing console-setup. It should work. If you’ve already installed console-setup give;

sudo apt-get remove --purge console-setup

a go


Nice, it works, and it boots faster!

thank you :smile:

I believe I looked a while back at synchronising keyboard changes with the system layout and had difficulty achieving this. I’ll look again soon.


One reboot later, it doesn’t work anymore… So, console-data and console-setup are mandatory

Hello fluxtendu. I was crazy trying to configure the layout of my spanish keyboard and installing both programas, console-data and console-setup, solved it. Thank you for sharing.

Hello, in my case, the following

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install console-common

works just fine!

Thank you For All information in this topic

Big thx for this info i allways forgot how to get it done

I’ve got this problem too, tested the solutions above, and the keyboard was azerty in command prompt, but not in kodi.

Then i’ve found the parameter in System->Input->keyboard layouts (in french Système->Entrée->Disposition du clavier). In French mode it turns the keyboard in AZERTY :slight_smile:

Voilà !