Get the Ducky One 2 working as a native keyboard on macOS
The Ducky One 2 SF is one of my favourite keyboards. It only had big con: it didn’t work properly with macOS. When plugging it in everything worked fine, but after waking it from sleep it refused to work. The Ducky One 2 didn’t respond at all. Ducky solved this with a firmware update1.
There is another way for solving the issue and that one turns you Ducky One 2 into a “Magic Keyboard”. The fix and hack is easy, but finding it took a while. The hack re-programs the keyboard and makes it appear as an “Apple Magic” USB keyboard. Including the function keys to work as media keys
Follow these steps:
- Plugin your keyboard.
- Press and hold Fn + Alt + p for 3 seconds.
- Several keys will light up red.
- Type 05aC024f for keyboards with an ANSI layout. For keyboards with an ISO layout you type 05ac0250.2
- Unplug and replug the keyboard to restart it.
That’s all it takes. The fix should also work on the Ducky One 2 Mini.
The Ducky One 2 is a Windows keyboard first. That means that CMD/Win and Alt/Opt are reversed. You can swap the keys on the keyboard and remap them in macOS with these steps:
- Open System Preferences.
- Go to Keyboard.
- Go to Modifier Keys.
- Choose the action you want for each modifier key.
Now you have a Ducky One 2 working as a proper Mac keyboard.
You can reset the keyboard to factory defaults bij press and hold Left Win + Arrow down for 3 seconds. The key combination can vary per Ducky model.