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Downloads of v 3.0:


Last Update:

01 Jun 2021

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Andrew Swaine


keyferret.portable unicode keyboard input

Keyferret (Portable)

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3.0 | Updated: 01 Jun 2021



Downloads of v 3.0:



Software Author(s):

  • Andrew Swaine

Keyferret (Portable) 3.0

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At least one file within this package has greater than 0 detections, but less than 5

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install Keyferret (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Keyferret (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Keyferret (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade keyferret.portable -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade keyferret.portable -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install keyferret.portable
    name: keyferret.portable
    version: '3.0'
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'keyferret.portable' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '3.0'

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller keyferret.portable
    Name     = "keyferret.portable"
    Version  = "3.0"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'keyferret.portable':
  ensure   => '3.0',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.


This package is likely a meta/virtual (*) or an installer (*.install) or portable (*.portable) application package.

  • Meta/virtual (*) - has a dependency on the *.install or the *.portable package - it is provided for discoverability and for other packages to take a dependency on.
  • Portable (*.portable/*.commandline (deprecated naming convention)/*.tool (deprecated naming convention)) - usually zips or archives that require no administrative access to install.
  • Install (*.install/*.app (deprecated naming convention)) - uses native installers, usually requires administrative access to install.

Learn more about chocolatey's distinction of installed versus portable apps and/or learn about this kind of package.

Package Approved

This package was approved by moderator mwallner on 14 Jul 2021.


Keyferret is a simple way to type characters that you don't normally find on your keyboard, in any Windows application, using the Right Alt (AltGr) key. For example:

  • à: Type a, then RAlt+`
  • œ: Type RAlt+oe
  • þ (thorn): Type RAlt+t
  • – (en dash) : Type RAlt+-
  • ½: Type RAlt+1/2
  • ²: Type 2, then RAlt++
  • ≠: Type =, then RAlt+/
  • 𝑥: Type x, then RAlt+\i
  • ⊈: Type RAlt+<s=/
  • ∰: Type RAlt+=SSSo


  • It's free.
  • Works in any program (unless it's running under elevated security, such as an installer).
  • Interactive help: hold RAlt and it'll show you what you're inserting, or what to press to get related characters. No searching through keystroke tables, just follow the hints as to what to press next.
  • You can undo keypresses as you explore the characters available by pressing RAlt+<Backspace>.
  • Intuitively enter all characters required by any language using the Latin alphabet (used for most Western languages) all from a single layout.
  • Symbols for currencies, dashes, proper quotes, maths, arrows, subscripts/superscripts, ringed letters and numbers, and much more.
  • Implements quickly selectable alternate layouts for entering IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) characters, Greek, and Cyrillic text, including historical and rare characters.
  • The help includes information on each character from the official Unicode database, giving its name, grouping, and (where relevant) information about how the character should be used.
  • If you don't press RAlt, your keyboard works just as before – plays nicely with other programs.
  • Access the full power of Unicode combining characters, which enable diacritics to be placed on any character – particularly useful for medieval sequences such as oͤ.
  • Designed for US and UK keyboards (where the RAlt key can be safely remapped).
  • If you're up for it, you can edit the layout file to add other layouts, symbols and characters (probably necessary if you want to support non US/UK keyboards).
  • Takes advantage of the improved Unicode font support in Windows 10, supporting nearly every character Windows can display that is (according to Unicode) based on the Latin, Cyrillic and Greek alphabets.
  • Enables typing of all characters defined by MUFI (the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative) version 4.0 that are adopted by Unicode. In order to some of them (primarily combining forms of Latin scribal abbreviations) you will need to install the Junicode font.
  • Can be natively installed or run as a no-install utility (for example if you don't have administrator privileges).


From: keyferret\license.txt in the zip file.


Keyferret License

All of the documentation and software included in this package is 
copyrighted by Andrew Swaine.

Copyright (C) 2015-2018 Andrew Swaine. All rights reserved.

This software is provided "as-is," without any express or implied warranty.
In no event shall the author be held liable for any damages arising from the
use of this software.

Permission is granted to you to use this software for your personal use,
for any purpose, including commercial applications.

You may not modify or make publically available any part of this
software in any form, with the following exception:

* You may modify and distribute modified versions of the file 
  "global.kflf", provided that you make it clear to people that might 
  use it that you have modified it.
Verification is intended to assist the Chocolatey moderators and community
in verifying that this package's contents are trustworthy.
Package can be verified like this:
1. Download:
2. You can use one of the following methods to obtain the SHA256 checksum:
   - Use powershell function 'Get-FileHash'
   - Use Chocolatey utility 'checksum.exe'
   checksum type: sha256
   checksum32: 9EBEF07EF41A31A8AFEF16E664D6A0B1F7DFDC39338F24379A44D5FD4C757489
   checksum64: 9EBEF07EF41A31A8AFEF16E664D6A0B1F7DFDC39338F24379A44D5FD4C757489
File 'LICENSE.txt' is obtained from: keyferret\license.txt in the zip file.
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
$toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  destination = "$toolsDir"
  file        = "$toolsDir\"

Get-ChocolateyUnzip @packageArgs
Remove-Item -Path $packageArgs.file

# Install start menu shortcut
$programs = [environment]::GetFolderPath([environment+specialfolder]::Programs)
$shortcutFilePath = Join-Path $programs "Keyferret.lnk"
$targetPath = Join-Path $toolsDir "keyferret\keyferret.exe"
Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath $shortcutFilePath -targetPath $targetPath
# Remove start menu shortcut
$programs = [environment]::GetFolderPath([environment+specialfolder]::Programs)
$shortcutFilePath = Join-Path $programs "Keyferret.lnk"
if (Test-Path $shortcutFilePath) { Remove-Item $shortcutFilePath }
md5: 53588AE3EBD2B5365225DE841C1562C6 | sha1: D04AEA53EB79FA1344FFC8A0A74803D3DBA975C9 | sha256: 9EBEF07EF41A31A8AFEF16E664D6A0B1F7DFDC39338F24379A44D5FD4C757489 | sha512: 41925C03023A971189D160750B5D655A9DB9E8677B866FAE7B601EA7554E8421F348D5255903E31B99C9405ED1C45CCAA9E22640FEBA202C13E492498E8A8C35

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Keyferret (Portable) 2.6 255 Saturday, August 3, 2019 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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