Why is my @ symbol not working?

  • I've never used linux before, so this may be a problem with that, but I'm trying to simply SSH into my friends webserver using the info he gave me. I looked up that the linux command to ssh is ssh [email protected]. I'm not trying to type that into LXTerminal but everytime I hold shift and hit the number two I don't get @ I get ". Any ideas?

    The `@` is mapped to the `"` key in the UK.

    By the way, I know this is probably irrelevent, but if you can't be bothered to do the remapping described below, you'll probably find that `Shift`+`'` will give `@` (the key next to `;`) If I guess correctly, this is the combination that normally would give you `"`

    Thank you for the keyboard combo "shift + apostrophe" to make @ symbol. It does work! I could not put my email address in the Netflix membership sign in. Appreciate it! Other than that, the Raspberry Pi is a great learning experience!

    BTW, Wikipedia has nice pictures of both US and UK layouts.

  • You need to remap your keyboard. By default it is set to a UK map.

    at the command line type:

    sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard 

    and hit enter. locate the following line


    Change the gb to us (This assumes you want a us mapping, if not replace the gb with the two letter code for your country)

    and reboot your machine.

    if it pauses for a long time during the keyboard mapping stage, enter the following at the command line:

    sudo setupcon

    Your next reboot should be much faster.



    Just a note, if nano's not your editor of choice the pi comes bundled with vi as well.

    That is so wierd. Just saying....

    Raspbian users should make sure to see scruss's answer and/or this as an alternative.

    The`setupcon` was crucial for me. Until then, the keyboard locale just wouldn't get updated. Thanks!

  • Steve's answer, though correct at the time, is now somewhat out of date. In Raspbian:

    sudo raspi-config

    and go to the configure_keyboard section with 4 Internationalisation Options -> I3 Change Keyboard Layout

    You can choose the correct keyboard type and layout from there.

    Is this simply seen as a more user-friendly way of doing the exact same thing, or does this clear up additional problems that Steve's solution does not?

    Under Raspbian, it at least uses the official configuration tool. It may do additional things in the background. At least it sets up the console keyboard and X keyboard with one command, rather than Steve's two.

  • Raspberry Pi configuration has changed as of Jessie (2017):

    1. raspi-config no longer offers Internationalisation Options. The Localisation Options has no submenu for Change Keyboard Layout
    2. Simply setting XKBLAYOUT="us" may default to the Spanish layout.

    This worked for me:

    sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard

    And these were my settings (I'm Canadian):


    For our southern neighbors:


    There is, however, a bug with that. When you check in

    Pi > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration
    Pi > Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse. 

    it will show United States > Spanish (Latin American). I don't think it affects functionality.

    To find out the layout you want, run this in the Terminal:


    Then click on Localisation > Set Keyboard... and make your change. Click OK to close the Keyboard Layout dialog. Click Set Keyboard... once more. This time, the terminal window you will show:

    Sections: ['Global']
    Layouts: ['ca']
    Variants: ['eng']
    Options: []

    Now you can put those into your

    sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard
    Layouts --> XKBLAYOUT
    Variants --> XKBVARIANT

    I wanted to mention that searching for "change keyboard layout" brings up this answer that is very similar: https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/a/10103/ But it doesn't mention that the US/Canada keyboard is pc104; I guess the Rest of the World (Latin-alphabet world outside of US/Canada) uses pc105?

  • Another option that doesn't use the Terminal is going into (from the GUI), Menu > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration > Localization > Set Keyboard, and set it according to where you live.

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