libxkbcommon is a keyboard keymap compiler and support library which processes a reduced subset of keymaps as defined by the XKB (X Keyboard Extension) specification. It also contains a module for handling Compose and dead keys and a separate library for listing available keyboard layouts.
See Quick Guide.
libxkbcommon is built with Meson:
meson setup build ninja -C build ninja -C build test # Run the tests.
To build for use with Wayland, you can disable X11 support while still using the X11 keyboard configuration resource files thusly:
meson setup build \ -Denable-x11=false \ -Dxkb-config-root=/usr/share/X11/xkb \ -Dx-locale-root=/usr/share/X11/locale ninja -C build
While libxkbcommon's API is somewhat derived from the classic XKB API as found in X11/extensions/XKB.h and friends, it has been substantially reworked to expose fewer internal details to clients.
See the API Documentation.
libxkbcommon does not distribute a keymap dataset itself, other than for testing purposes. The most common dataset is xkeyboard-config, which is used by all current distributions for their X11 XKB data. More information on xkeyboard-config is available here: https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/XKeyboardConfig
The dataset for Compose is distributed in libX11, as part of the X locale data.
See Compatibility notes.
An extremely rudimentary homepage can be found at https://xkbcommon.org
xkbcommon is maintained in git at https://github.com/xkbcommon/libxkbcommon
Bug reports (and usage questions) are also welcome, and may be filed at GitHub.
The maintainers are
Many thanks are due to Dan Nicholson for his heroic work in getting xkbcommon off the ground initially.