Overview

Overview :id=overview

The QMK CLI makes building and working with QMK keyboards easier. We have provided a number of commands to simplify and streamline tasks such as obtaining and compiling the QMK firmware, creating keymaps, and more.

Requirements :id=requirements

The CLI requires Python 3.5 or greater. We try to keep the number of requirements small but you will also need to install the packages listed in requirements.txt. These are installed automatically when you install the QMK CLI.

Install Using Homebrew (macOS, some Linux) :id=install-using-homebrew

If you have installed Homebrew you can tap and install QMK:

brew tap qmk/qmk
brew install qmk
export QMK_HOME='~/qmk_firmware' # Optional, set the location for `qmk_firmware`
qmk setup # This will clone `qmk/qmk_firmware` and optionally set up your build environment

Install Using easy_install or pip :id=install-using-easy_install-or-pip

If your system is not listed above you can install QMK manually. First ensure that you have python 3.5 (or later) installed and have installed pip. Then install QMK with this command:

pip3 install qmk
export QMK_HOME='~/qmk_firmware' # Optional, set the location for `qmk_firmware`
qmk setup # This will clone `qmk/qmk_firmware` and optionally set up your build environment

Packaging For Other Operating Systems :id=packaging-for-other-operating-systems

We are looking for people to create and maintain a qmk package for more operating systems. If you would like to create a package for your OS please follow these guidelines:

  • Follow best practices for your OS when they conflict with these guidelines

    • Document why in a comment when you do deviate

  • Install using a virtualenv

  • Instruct the user to set the environment variable QMK_HOME to have the firmware source checked out somewhere other than ~/qmk_firmware.