After having set-up multiple keyboard layouts how can I switch between them using a keyboard shortcut?

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Default shortcut for switching layouts is Alt+Space.

If you’d like to use a different shortcut, you can set one in System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Universal Access as “Next Keyboard Layout”.

Keyboard shortcuts

However, it is not possible to select shortcut Shift+Alt or Shift+Ctrl.

You can do this through the terminal, but I strongly not recommend doing so, because you may have problems with other system shortcuts. If you still dare:


gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Alt>Shift_L', '<Alt>Shift_R', '<Shift>Alt_L', '<Shift>Alt_R']"


gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Ctrl>Shift_L', '<Ctrl>Shift_R', '<Shift>Control_L', '<Shift>Control_R']"

  • Is alt-Space the default for that? I had the impression these keys showed window menu by default
    – user170
    Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 10:56
  • perfect answer. I've been using shift+alt for years and I've never had any issues with that
    – prompteus
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 20:36
  • @cuddlecheek this shortcut set as default on Loki ;)
    – png2378
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 12:45
  • @MaximTaranov Glad to hear that!
    – prompteus
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 12:49
  • @MaximTaranov, is this screenshot from Freya? I don't have those two keyboard input lines in Loki
    – wolf
    Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 20:55

Alt + Spaceswitches between your selected keyboard layouts


see youtube (in dutch) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c8vHVE_mtA go to system then keyboard then division left corner under you see a +-sign, click it then you will have a new window in witch you can choose a keyboard after having choosed click "add division" in the left column will appear the new keyboard


For anyone using Loki it's Alt + Shift

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