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Porting to KMK

Porting a board to KMK is quite simple, and follows this base format.

import board

from kmk.kmk_keyboard import KMKKeyboard as _KMKKeyboard
from kmk.scanners import DiodeOrientation

class KMKKeyboard(_KMKKeyboard):
    extensions = []


This is designed to be replaced with the defining pins of your keyboard. Rows, columns and the diode direction (if any), should be defined like this

    row_pins = [board.p0_31, board.p0_29, board.p0_02, board.p1_15]
    col_pins = [board.p0_22, board.p0_24, board.p1_00, board.p0_11, board.p1_04]
    diode_orientation = DiodeOrientation.COL2ROW

Additional pins for extensions

KMK includes built in extensions for RGB and split keyboards, and powersave. If these are applicable on your keyboard/microcontroller, the pins should be added here. Refer to the instructions on the respective extensions page on how to add them. If not adding any extensions, leave this as an empty list as shown.

Coord mapping

If your keyboard is not built electrically as a square (though most are), you can provide a mapping directly. An example of this is the Corne. That has 12 columns for 3 rows, and 6 columns for the bottom row. Split keyboards count as the total keyboard, not per side, the right side being offset by the number of keys on the left side, as if the rows were stacked. That would look like this:

coord_mapping = [
 0,  1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,
 6,  7,  8,  9, 10, 11,  30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35,
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,  36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41,
            21, 22, 23,  42, 43, 44,

Note: Not all numbers are necessarily used ! The keyboard assumes number of line * number of rows keys. Some of the possible keys might not be used. For example a keyboard with 60 keys might have 8 rows, 8 cols, allowing 64 total combinations -- hence 64 keys. 4 numbers will then not be used for keys in the coord_mapping (might be anyone of them depending of the wiring).

Find your coord_mapping

The following code will help you setup your coord_mapping by having every key send its corresponding number. Use it after your pins and module definition to define both keyboard.coord_mapping and keyboard.keymap.

from kmk.handlers.sequences import simple_key_sequence
from kmk.keys import KC

# *2 for split keyboards, which will typically manage twice the number of keys
# of one side. Having this N too large will have no impact (maybe slower boot..)
N = len(keyboard.col_pins) * len(keyboard.row_pins) * 2

keyboard.coord_mapping = list(range(N))

layer = []

for i in range(N):
    c, r = divmod(i, 100)
    d, u = divmod(r, 10)
                getattr(KC, 'N' + str(c)),
                getattr(KC, 'N' + str(d)),
                getattr(KC, 'N' + str(u)),
keyboard.keymap = [layer]

if __name__ == '__main__':


Keymaps are organized as a list of lists. Keycodes are added for every key on each layer. See keycodes for more details on what keycodes are available. If using layers or other extensions, also refer to the extensions page for additional keycodes.

from kb import KMKKeyboard
from kmk.keys import KC

keyboard = KMKKeyboard()

keyboard.keymap = [
    [KC.A, KC.B],
    [KC.C, KC.D],

if __name__ == '__main__':

More information

More information on keymaps can be found in the config and keymap documentation.