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Advanced typing practice program

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Amphetype: Resurrected

Amphetype is an advanced typing practice program.

Features include:

  • Type your favorite novel!

    One of the core ideas behind Amphetype was to not just use boring "stock texts" for typing practice, but to allow me to type texts I actually want to read as well. So one feature is the ability to import whole novels (for example from Project Gutenberg) and have Amphetype automatically generate bite-sized lessons from the text. (When I was learning the Colemak keyboard layout, I typed The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka!)

  • Typing statistics.

    It provides the basic typing statistics (accuracy and WPM), as well as identifying the keys/trigrams/words that break your flow and what impact these "viscous" combinations have on your typing speed overall. Together with graphs over time and so forth.

  • Generate lessons from past statistics.

    Amphetype features an advanced lesson generator where you can generate texts based on your past performance. Generate blocks of text to target practice your slowest words, trigrams, or keys!

  • Layout-agnostic.

    Amphetype doesn't care what keyboard or layout you use, it only looks at how you use it. As such it's likely not suitable for complete typing beginners who need an on-screen keyboard.

  • Highly customizable with regard to look and feel.


I could use some help in generating installers for MacOS and Windows.

But for now the easiest and recommended way to install is to make sure your system has Python (version 3.6+ required) installed and then install via pip or pip3:

$ pip install amphetype

This should give you an executable command amphetype, so simply run it:

$ amphetype


Yes, I originally made this program 12 years ago here. I've updated it somewhat, included some features that were requested back then, and upgraded the code to use Python 3 and Qt5 (instead of Python 2 and Qt4).

Other Links

Review of (old) Amphetype:

My own inspiration for switching to a different keyboard layout and why I made Amphetype:



Using various themes:

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