Carnac Alternatives

    Carnac is described as 'A utility to give some insight into how you use your keyboard/'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Carnac for Windows, Mac, Linux and Xfce. The best alternative is Screenkey, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Carnac are KeyCastr (Free, Open Source), Key'n'Stroke (Free, Open Source), Mouseposé (Paid) and Kling (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 29, 2021

    1. Screenkey is a screencast tool to display your keys inspired by Screenflick for Mac OS and based initially on Key-mon project.
      It's useful to create screencasts and is also a powerful teaching tool.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      KeyCastr lets you easily display your keystrokes while recording screencasts.


    2. Key'n'Stroke displays keystrokes in an overlay window. (Windows 8+)

      Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt to reveal configuration options, resize, move or close the window.

      Demo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud3tqB8TMVc
    3. Mouseposé is the indispensible mouse pointer highlighting tool (aka "virtual laserpointer") for everyone doing demos at tradeshows, presentations and trainings, or those individuals with huge and high resolution displays.
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    4. A utility to show keyboard keys visually on the Windows screen. - KaustubhPatange/Kling Visually display keys on Windows screen Detect multiple keys and key holds Allow you to change location of display Allow you to change amount of display time
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Xfce
      Utility to show live keyboard and mouse status for teaching and screencasts.
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    5. keystroke visualizer for Windows, lets you easily display your keystrokes while recording screencasts.
    6. A Little utility that implements a global key logger which displays all shortcuts & keystrokes as you type on screen and with a semi-transparent overlay. This makes it very easy to show any shortcuts you use if you for example record a software demo.
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    7. KeyPress OSD is a full-featured screencasting tool for displaying key-presses on Windows. Beyond on-screen keypress display, it features text-expansion, mouse-highlighting and a multi-clipboard manager.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      QiPress is a portable Windows program that displays key presses on the screen. The keyboard input display takes minimal space, and highly customizable.
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