I can't type some symbols on console

July 3, 2014 12.2k views

Hi! First of all, I am newbie into servers configuration.
I am trying to installing wordpress. I have followed the tutorials about creating a droplet, installing LAMP and change domain name server to point to the DigitalOcean name servers and It was going pretty well.

But now I am stuck because I can't type some characters on the console, so I can't continue with the tutorials....

How can I type this two symbols? ~ <
And there is a way I can copy paste text on the console?

Thanks in advance!

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  • I'm having this exact same issue. Was a resolution ever found? One that doesn't involve Alt 1 2 4?

22 Answers

Alt + 1 2 4 should work.

  • That works, thanks - generates a |< but I just delete the < part and can then use the pipe section.
    Pain the ass though as can only use the keypad to generate the numbers...numbers top of keyboard dont do it.

    FYI - Vultr is the same for their console...although thats alot more responsive than DO......wonder if they will fix the console on DO to be repsonsive?

I have the same issue on a macbook 2018 with US keybaord. Shift + \ generates >, very frustrating and severely impacting my workflow. When will this be fixed?

Same issue here. Cannot use | and < on my macbook. Would like to see a fix soon as well.

I have the same issue with the pipe symbol | becomes >. I am trying to set up ssh on port 443 so I can use ssh because of blocked ports where I am at. So I have to use the web terminal until I get that fixed

I'll join the chorus of "can't type the | symbol". Using putty or ssh is fine, but I've secured my droplet with ssh keys. Occasionally I need to be able to access them to fix something from a location where I don't have those keys handy, and so the web console is my only option. I'm a bit hamstrung without the ability to type a pipe symbol.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to copy or paste text using the remote console. It's recommended to use the remote console only if you absolutely need it. Otherwise, you should use SSH to log into your droplet: How To Log Into Your Droplet with PuTTY (for windows users). Using an SSH client should allow you to type the characters you weren't able to type using the remote console.

by Etel Sverdlov
PuTTY is an open-source SSH and Telnet client for Windows. It allows you to securely connect to remote servers from a local Windows computer. This tutorial will cover how to connect to your Droplet from your local Windows computer using PuTTY.

Thanks Kamal! I had no idea of this and I have followed some tutorials doing this from remote console.

Can you explain your situation with typing certain symbols? I had no problem entering the < or ~ symbols on the DO web console.

I have no success with typing the pipe character "|". I can do it using my current keyboard, but the console translates that key to "<" instead. Any ideas?

This is a garbage set of circumstances. I can't type the less-than symbol because you can't correctly configure your servers. Great work Digital Ocean. Waste of my time.

Absolutely need this functionality right now. Doesn't seem to work in either the Firefox or Chromium browser I just tried. Can't do "|" or ">", which makes a lot of things really, really hard to do.

Same here, can't find the pipe symbol.

I'm trying to fix SSH access so console is the only way to access my droplet and I'm completely stuck.

I have the same issue via the console. US keyboard, type Shift+\ prints > instead of |

If I have to use the console because remote login is failing.. this kind of cripples my ability to effectively search / grep / etc. requiring me to send output to intermediate files.

I have the same problem using a Mac US keyboard with the VNC console and a CentOS 7 droplet. This isn't a problem so much with the remote/VNC part of things as much as it is configuring the Linux console to use the correct keyboard type. I tried a number of existing keymaps, but only found "us-intl" to be a bit better. I can type the pipe (|) symbol, but not <, >, or ^. If anyone finds (or creates) the right keymap file, please share!

The simple way to change your keycap is:

temporarily: loadkeys us-intl
permanently: localectl set-keymap us-intl

For more info: https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-change-system-keyboard-keymap-layout-on-centos-7-linux

I was having the same problem and I solve it by pressing 'Esc' two twice and '060' ascii code. I am working in mac and connecting to ubuntu server through digital oceans console and also using nano as text editor.

Same problem for me too. DO pls fix it asap.

Same problem.

I cannot type < or | , when I type them they produce ">" for both pipe and smaller than.

I have same issue , using in Windows.Please fix it asap as can not work with mysql commands

Same issue using Mac OS, cannot find |

Same issue.. Cannot able to type < character

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