Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· shell

OSX - set fast keyboard repeat rate


Use this trick to increase response time from your keyboard. After this hack, osx feel like flying

echo "Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate, "
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0.02 

echo "Set a shorter Delay until key repeat"
defaults write NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat -int 12

Revert to default settings with:

defaults delete NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat
defaults delete NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat

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please add the default values and rename the hint. it doesn't make it more snappy...

over 1 year ago ·

Thanks for feedback.

over 1 year ago ·

This is awesome but you set the repeat delay to 0.02 in your example. The setting stores an integer value, so the .02 is meaningless and it will just round to 0.

over 1 year ago ·

I found you do need to log out and back in for settings to take effect.

over 1 year ago ·