Kinto – Easily Get Mac OS Like Keybinds in Ubuntu Linux

Last updated: April 24, 2024

For Mac users want to change keybinds in Ubuntu Linux or Windows, Kinto is an easy system-wide solution with setup wizard and system tray indicator.

The software description says:

Type in Linux & Windows like it’s a Mac. Seamless copy and paste with all apps and terminals. The zero effort solution.

Kinto works for standard Windows, Apple and Chromebook keyboards. Different to most other re-mappers, it is a complete system-wide remap of your base level modifier keys.

GUI keys:

Physical Ctrl Win/Alt Alt/Cmd Spacebar
Virtual Win/Super* Alt RCtrl Spacebar

Terminal Keys:

Physical Ctrl Win/Alt Alt/Cmd Spacebar
Virtual LCtrl Alt RCtrl Spacebar

How to Install Kinto in Ubuntu:

Make sure you have python 3 installed, then follow the steps to grab the source and set it up.

1. Open terminal and run command to clone the source:

git clone

2. Then run command to navigate to kinto folder, and run the script.

cd kinto && ./

If everything goes well, a setup wizard will pop-up

Just click on ‘Agree’ button, follow the wizard, hit Enter, and you’re done! The system tray indicator is not enabled by default, you can enable it from the File menu.

see Kinto on github.


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3 responses to Kinto – Easily Get Mac OS Like Keybinds in Ubuntu Linux

  1. I’ve installed this on latest Ubuntu but does nothing

  2. foo@zb-dev:~/code/kinto$ ./
    Failed to get session path: Caller does not belong to any known session.
    You are not using x11, please logout and back in using x11/Xorg

    So look like it does not like Ubuntu 21.04 :-/

    • It does not support Wayland. To use it, you have to log out, select your user and choose “Ubuntu on Xorg” via bottom right gear button, and log back.