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.