Arabic keyboard

The Arabic Keyboard (لوحة المفاتيح العربية‎) also know as clavier arabe is an online service that helps people to type their texts in Arabic language without having a physical dedicated keyboard. This service is also known as the Virtual Arabic Keyboard. According to Wikipedia, the arabic keyboard is a standard keyboard that contains Latin and Arabic letters. For example, if you type on your keyboard the letter "b" you will see in the screen the letter "ب". For more information, we recommand reading the complete guide to use the arabic keyboard online in this link.

Arabic keyboard users

The main users of these services are students and academics but also all the other users who speak and write Arabic and don't have a physical keyboard. We also note that more and more people coming from non-arabic countries are using these keyboards. It may be explained by large arab communities living in these countries. We have established a ranking of users based on data provided by the SimilarWeb service for the most known arabic keyboard : lexilogos.com.
 
  • Morocco: the largest number of Arabic keyboard users come from Morocco
  • France: France is placed in the second position for research arab clavi
Usage of the arabic keyboard
Then we find the United States, Tunisia, Algeria and Belgium. These data are confirmed by Alexa Rank with some users from India. Why Indian people are using online Arabic keyboard? If you have some thoughts, do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Conclusion: Online Arabic keyboard users are surfers having a Qwerty or Azerty Keyboard without Arabic characters. They are mainly located in North Africa know as countries of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia), France (french version) and the USA.
arabic keyboard users

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Arabic Keyboard in Pictures

Some physical arabic keyboard. The buttons of the hardware contains arabic and Latin characters.Photos de claviers physiques : Les touches des claviers arabes physiques contiennent à la fois un caractère arabe et un caractère latin.

Arabic Keyboard imageArabic Keyboard image

Some Picture for virtual arabic keyboard : These keyboard are only available online and try to reproduce the real keyboard. The are some examples :

Virtual arabic keyboardOnline Arabic Keyboard

Arabic Language

The Arabic Alphabet :

arabic letter of the keyboard

According to wikipedia, the arabic alphabet is composed with 28 letters. This alphabet is know as "Abjad" because it uses only 

This table shows all the letters:

- The first column (Black) contains the original character as written in Arabic

- The second column (red) contains the transliteration of the Arabic letter. These rules are used in virtual keyboards Arabic technologies.

- The third column of the table (green) is used to read the pronunciation. For example Alif, Mim and Ya.

Common rules for the conversion of Arabic characters

These transcription methods are not from the standards norms but rather common and services that offer the Arab keyboards.
 
Arabic letters: This table contains the Latin equivalent of each Arabic letter lexilogos.com and another website.

transliteration between arabic letters and latin characters

Arabic Numbers

Every arabic number has its own equivalent in the virtual keyboard. The table below shows the standard transliteration for arabic numbers.

Chiffre arabe

٠

١

٢

٣

٤

٥

٦

٧

٨

٩

Chiffre latin

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Special characters

Several unofficial conventions exist for typing special characters using virtual keyboards Arabic. Here are the most common:

Caractère

ٱ

أ

إ

آ

ء

ئ

ؤ

ى

ة

لا

Lexilogos

 

-a

a--

aa

-

y--

w--

Y

h'

la

Other common rule

 

a'

I

 

2

ee

'o

 

H

 

the vowels​ : chadda, soukoun...

ّ

ّ

ُ

َ

ِ

ٌ

ً

ٍ

Other characters in the arab clavi used for arabic language.

These letters are not officially recognized in the arabic language but steel very used in north africa : Algerie, Tunisia and Morocco.

Character

ڨ

ڭ

پ

ڢ

ڤ

چ

Lexilogos

q'

k'

p ou b'

v

f'

c ou j'

Ponctuation and other characters

،

؛

؟

ـ

٫

٪

 

Online service for arabic dedicated keyboards

Many website offer the service for typing in Arabic using online software. This software is composed with two piece :

The text area where you will start typing

A virtual keyboard that contains Arabic characters and their equivalent in Latin. In this list, you will find some online website :