Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Hebrew Keyboard Map for Mac OS X

For those of you OSX users wanting to write Hebrew, here is how to use the Hebrew-QWERTY input method (I have not messed with the straight Hebrew input method much). There are some symbols such as the Maqqef that I have not found, but this will do you for the most part. I have also named the symbols in case they don't show up. I didn't even try to type the vowels since they require a letter to go beneath and are hard to type on their own. I'm using OSX 10.4 on PowerPC, but it should work for other versions of OSX. Note that capital letters imply using the shift key:

א (aleph) - a
ב (bet) – b
ג (gimel) – g
ד (dalet) – d
ה (he) – h
ו (vav) – v
ז (zayin)– z
ח (het)– H
ט (tet) – T or y
י (yod) – i
כ (kaph) – k
ל (lamed) – l
מ (mem) – m
נ (nun) – n
ס (samec) – s
ע (ayin) – e
פ (pe) – p
צ (tsade) – c
ק (kaph) – q
ר (resh) – r
שׂ (sin) – alt-w
שׁ (shin) – shift-w
ת (tav) – t

B - dagesh

Final forms:
ך (kaph) – K
ם (mem) – M
ן (nun) – N
ף (pe) – P
ץ (tsade) – C

sheva - alt+color or alt+0
qamets/qamets-hatuf - A
compound-qamets – alt+2
patah - alt+a
compound-patah - alt+1
hireq - alt+i
tsere - E
segol - alt+e
compound-segol - alt+3
holem-vav - O
holem - alt+o
shureq - U
qibbuts - alt+u

Other characters:
ש – S or w


At 3/12/2008 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this. I'm very excited to be writing in Hebrew with my Mac!!


At 10/14/2008 8:47 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks for the post. It's my main squeeze when it comes to typing Hebrew on the Mac.

As for Maqqef, I think you'll find it at Alt+\ (backslash).

At 1/28/2009 10:58 AM, Blogger vaclav said...

For Mac users: you can try this neat app:

Shows a little hebrew keyboard atop all other windows and you can use it as a reference or type the characters directly by clicking.

At 11/11/2009 11:54 AM, Blogger André said...

Great! Thanks for this.

How do we do accent marks?

At 9/20/2013 6:15 PM, Anonymous Bruce said...

Hebrew-QWERTY sticker sets (and full keyboards too) are available at These come with improved software for both Mac OS X and Windows, though the built-in Mac Hebrew-QWERTY input method also works fine with these stickers and keyboards. Having stickers (or a printed keyboard) makes it much faster to find the right key, especially the nikud (vowel points).

בהצלחה (good luck!)

At 9/18/2015 4:36 PM, Blogger Vittorio Boria said...

Can anyone help me?
When typing with Hebrew-QWERTY font, sometimes in the middle of the word the letters come in reversed order, i.e. after the first two letters from right to left, the following two letters start from the right of the first letter and so you get a different word.


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