kbdrate Command in Linux with Examples

This tutorial explains Linux “kbdrate” command, options and its usage with examples.

kbdrate – reset the keyboard repeat rate and delay time

kbdrate [ -s ] [ -r rate ] [ -d delay ]

kbdrate is used to change the keyboard repeat rate and delay time. The delay is the amount of time that a key must be depressed before it will start to repeat. Using kbdrate without any options will reset the repeat rate to 10.9 characters per second (cps) and the delay to 250 milliseconds (ms).

Note: Requires admin previleges


Silent. No messages are printed.


-r rate

Change the keyboard repeat rate to rate cps. For Intel-based systems, the allowable range is from 2.0 to 30.0 cps. Only certain, specific values are possible, and the program will select the nearest possible value to the one specified. The possible values are given, in characters per second, as follows: 2.0, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.3, 4.6, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.7, 7.5, 8.0, 8.6, 9.2, 10.0, 10.9, 12.0, 13.3, 15.0, 16.0, 17.1, 18.5, 20.0, 21.8, 24.0, 26.7, 30.0. For SPARC-based systems, the allowable range is from 0 (no repeat) to 50 cps.

-d delay
Change the delay to delay milliseconds. For Intel-based systems, the allowable range is from 250 to 1000 ms, in 250 ms steps. For SPARC systems, possible values are between 10 ms and 1440 ms, in 10 ms steps.

Display a version number and exit.


# kbdrate -r 30 -d 250
Typematic Rate set to 30.0 cps (delay = 250 ms)

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