Arabic Keyboard for Non-Arabs


As a non-Arab, I find the the default Arabic keyboard available through Windows to be a real pain. Since I was used to the QWERTY keyboard, I wanted an Arabic keyboard that had a similar layout as the QWERTY keyboard (e.g. the ‘س’ should be naturally placed in the ‘s’ key) so I can easily type Arabic.

Alhamdulillah, I found a very cool keyboard that fits the bill. Click here to download. Installation is very simple: just unzip and run the fbarab file. Check out the layout, its very easy and natural to use:


To type Allah, press: a l l o ==> الله.

To type Dictionary (qamoos), press: q a m u s ==> قاموس

Look at how close the transliteration of the Arabic word is to the actual Arabic! That is what makes the keyboard really cool, alhamdulillah.

Here is the documentation for the keyboard.

By Aarij Anwer

Born in Karachi. Raised in the GTA. AlKauthar instructor. Qutoof CEO. Author. Bookings:

8 replies on “Arabic Keyboard for Non-Arabs”

Salam ‘alaykum
I actually prefer . You can download the software (which is better than the web app).
I like it better because you don’t have to switch the keyboard in windows, tashkeel is easy, and the transliteration scheme makes more sense to me.

Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
See you!
Your, Raiul Baztepo

i am using this software since 2014 it is very useful but unfortunately it is not working in my laptop, i don’t know how to fix it? may be this is due to windows version. please contact me if someone can fix it…

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