SIL International is very pleased to announce that Keyman is now completely free and open source!

Today, 23 August 2017, we released free versions of the existing Keyman products on the Keyman website, and have simultaneously launched our open source version of Keyman on GitHub.

Keyman is a complex product that covers 5 different platforms – Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and the web. Over 500 different developers have contributed keyboard layouts to the project; many of these are also open source on GitHub. The Keyman source code includes over 34,000 files, totalling over 800MB, written primarily in C++, Delphi, Objective-C, Java and Javascript. The first version of Keyman was written in 1992, for Windows 3.1.

This marks the end of a long journey, beginning with the acquisition of Keyman by SIL International back in September 2015. However, by no means is this our final destination for Keyman. This is only the beginning! The team will now be focusing on new functionality and consolidating the cross-platform support that Keyman already offers, beginning with a coordinated release of version 10.0 across all five platforms within the next year.

We welcome your involvement in the project, whether it be by creating keyboard layouts, reporting bugs, testing new versions of Keyman, or even submitting your own patches to improve the quality of Keyman itself!

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Please join with us in celebrating this significant milestone!

5 thoughts on “Keyman is now free and open source”

Desalegn · November 23, 2017 at 1:35 am

This is great news. Thank you for developing such great tools. I appreciate all the hard work went to develop these tools.

    Marc Durdin · November 23, 2017 at 3:49 am


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