Custom Keyboard Layout MacOS

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created by pur on 2022/05/24 - last changed on 2023/12/26

TL;DR Download the Akan layout bundle, unzip and continue at point 10. The above bundle replaces two hardly used letters on the US international keyboard:
option + ; = ɔ and option + shift + ; = Ɔ and
option + ' = ɛ and option + shift + ' = Ɛ

I wanted to write some text in Akan, but macOS doesn't provide any keyboard layouts with ɔ/Ɔ or ɛ/Ɛ. So I had to create a custom layout. Unfortunately the Akan MacOS X Keyboard from didn't work. So I had to create one my self. Here are the steps with macOS 12.3 and Ukelele 3.5.5:

  1. Install Ukelele
  2. Open Ukelele
  3. Change to Input Source you want to base your new keyboard layout on.
  4. Close Empty Keyboard Window
  5. File > New From Current Input Source
  6. Right mouse click > Open Keyboard Layout (alternatively just double click)
  7. (Optional) Righ click and change Keyboard Name and Keyboard Language and even the Keyboard Icon
  8. Edit accordingly
  9. File > Save...
  10. Find your file in Finder and double click. If asked to choose a application to open, choose "Keyboard Installer". (Optional: If all fails, move the .bundle file into ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts folder. (When you don't see a Library folder in you home directory in the Finder, right-click Show View Options or from the menu bar View > Show View Options and tick show Library)) (Move to /Library/Keyboad Layouts/ for global usage.)
  11. Restart your computer 1.System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources > add your language

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