Karabiner has stopped working on macOS Sierra. The lack of Karabiner support means that I can no longer use the
Hyper key to trigger any shortcuts I configured in OS X El Capitan. I spent a couple of weeks searching for a solution, and finally, found Karabiner Elements that restores the
Hyper Key back to macOS Sierra.
Karabiner Elements is the official release developed by Takayama Fumihiko to address the limitations of macOS Sierra. The early version of the Karabiner Elements only supports single key mapping. You can remap the
Caps Lock key to other functions like
Space, but it lacks one crucial feature that popularizes the utility: the
Hyper key — the combination of
Command-Shift-Option-Control modifier keys.
Update 2017-06-16 Karabiner Elements has officially added the support to
Hyper Key feature. You can follow the tutorial from Brett Terpstra to enable the key on your Mac.
There are some efforts from the macOS community to restore the
Hyper key, but none of them can replicate the original function perfectly. The first solution I encountered was using Keyboard Maestro and Karabiner Elements. It’s a temporary remedy for the lack of
Hyper Key, but it’s not the end-solution.
Few weeks after that, Brett shared his own take on using HammerSpoon to rebuild Hyper Key in macOS Sierra. It’s a great option if you’re keen to familiar yourself with HammerSpoon configurations.
I prefer the original
Hyper key which I can set inside the app preferences. One of the pull requests you can see on Karabiner Elements is the addition of
hyper as one of the choices you can select in the Karabiner Elements key modification list. It was added by Ranmocy Sheng and compiled by Hugo Tunius.
If you’re looking for the same setup as me — a straightforward and easy way to setup
Hyper Key in macOS Sierra, you can download the custom build by Hugo. Add a new item and set the
caps_lock key to
hyper. You can hold and press
Caps Lock as the
Hyper, except that you won’t be able to single-press to toggle Caps Lock anymore.
Update 2016-11-27 The latest custom build is 0.90.64. You can download the latest build by visiting this pull request.
There are some known issues like the modifier key not functioning when used together with other keys or devices, such as
Command-Right Click to open a link in the new tab, but you can simply fix it by relaunching Karabiner Elements — it rarely happens, though.
Karabiner Elements will eventually replace Karabiner, so meanwhile, you can use the unofficial Karabiner Elements build to restore the mighty
Hyper modifier key.