Some FAQ about the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard

Rashko Temelkovski

December 30, 2018

The Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard is one of our most popular products and there are good reasons for it. It's a keyboard that lets you change switches and keycaps "on the go". It also has a minimalist design that many find irresistible. Last but not least, it lets you play with the RGB settings and create a Glorious glowing effect.

So, seeing that the interest in the GMMK is huge, it's only natural that we get a lot of questions daily. That's why we decided to answer some of the most common ones in this article.

Can I buy the Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard without switches and keycaps?

You can! Choose the "customized" option and select "none" for both keycaps and switches. This way, you will only get the board and nothing else. :)

Is the GMMK cable removable?

Only the TKL and Compact variant of the GMMK come with a removable micro-USB cable. The full-size one has a non-removable braided USB cable.

Can the GMMK be used with Cherry MX switches?

Yes. Even though we sell Gateron and Kailh switches (Cherry clones) on our website, the GMMK was designed with Cherry MX in mind. So all switches that are considered identical or similar alternatives should work without a problem.

Which switches do you recommend? Gateron or Kailh?

We suggest you check out this article. It will help you decide which switches to get. The article can take you to Gateron's and Kailh's respective color guides as well.

What other switches can be purchased for the GMMK?

Here's what you need to know about compatible switches for the GMMK.

Can I use other keycaps than the ones you sell on your website?

Yes. Most keycaps will work without any problems. Just make sure they got the standard layout and standard bottom row.

Is it difficult to replace switches and keycaps?

It's actually incredibly easy. The GMMK comes with all the tools you need to do this, as well as the instructions. Plus, there are always YouTube videos that can help you.

Is the GMMK compatible with Mac?

While you cannot install the GMMK software on a Mac, you can still use the GMMK and its basic features. Check this manual for keyboard shortcuts that may come in handy.

The scroll lock LED doesn't work. Can I get a refund?

This is a common misconception. We don't have a scroll lock LED on our keyboard. We replaced it with Windows lock. Press FN + Win to lock/unlock the Win key on your keyboard. Locking the Win button will activate the Win Lock LED. 

The GMMK software doesn't start. Is it broken?

Based on customer feedback, in more than 90% of the cases, you should run it as an administrator and make sure you've created an exception in Windows Firewall.

Do I need to order the cool red "ASCEND" key separately?

No. The GMMK you order will always come with an extra ASCEND key, as well as the original "ESC" key.


Emily :

Hi! Loving my GMMK pro keyboard. However is there a way to turn off the LEDs? FN+Windows did not work.. I’m not seeing additional direction. Thanks!

March 21, 2022

Michael :

right above the arrow keys are two horizontal holes anyone know what they are for?

December 31, 2021


Hello guys. And Bye.

neversurrenderboys ;)

October 04, 2021

tommy Lam:

will gmmk pro software come to mac soon ?

September 07, 2021

Kevin Malmgren:

Can i use the HOTSWAP PCB from the 60% on a difftrent keybored case

July 22, 2021


hello, its me mr sweaty osu!mania player and im here to ask, does the gmmk have any input loss for high input rhythm games like chord splitting and such?

July 12, 2021

David caro:

Does this keyboard work for ps5?

June 29, 2021


Does gmmk pro and model o mouse work on xbox

June 14, 2021

Joon Lee:

I just got my GMMK TKL barebones keyboard in the mail today. I fully built the keyboard with some Akko cs ocean blue switches and matcha keycaps. The board looks and sounds absolutely incredible, but my only problem is that I cannot get the capslock indicator to turn on no matter what I do. This isn’t the biggest problem for me since I rarely use the caps lock key, but it is still annoying when I accidentally fat-finger it and I start to type in all caps. This may just be me being stupid, but I would like for some assistance to get the caps lock indicator to function properly.

May 03, 2021


One of my flip out feet broke is there a way to buy another without buying an entire keyboard

April 30, 2021


Is there a good alternative software for controlling the LED’s on my GMMK attached to an iMac?

April 26, 2021

Kyler Syharath:

On my gmmk tenkeyless, whenever I hit the down arrow key my keyboard changes colors, and both the red lights appear. After hitting this button for a while it takes me back to where you log in to your computer. How can I fix this problem? This happens even when I am playing games.

April 20, 2021


Does it still have RGB lighting if I purchase just the compact board and nothing else? I am going to use install my own switches and keycaps but I don’t know if the board will still have the RGB lighting on it.

April 06, 2021


The GMMK software really needs an overhaul. Or in the very least add the functionality to the Glorious Core software to recognize the GMMK keyboards and be able to make changes.

March 13, 2021

Caprisun :

Hello, I am thinking about doing some modding to the gmmk to make it sound as good as possible, so I was wondering, is it safe for the board to take it apart into all of its components?

March 09, 2021


Супер давно искал

December 27, 2020


will this support split backspace?

November 29, 2020


The ISO INTERNATIONAL VERSION works as a portuguese PT-PT keyboard? With ç and á keys?
Does windows recognize it as a portuguese keyboard?
What do i have to do?

November 13, 2020



I was wondering what the keyboard lights would look like with non transparent switches (some switches are fully black/white, some are transparent only on the top) since the lights are useful to see which key is which when it shines through the key cap, haven’t found video or pictures online.

November 03, 2020

chase :

why whenever i click my left shift this happens mn,./|ZXCVB

June 20, 2020

Cash Cobarrubias:

Hello, I had ordered a keyboard, along with switches and keycaps knowing I have to assemble it myself, but upon it coming to my house, I had only got the keyboard with no switches or keycaps at all. Can you please contact me to let me know if they either got lost in shipping or something

June 10, 2020


If I buy custom will it be pre built for me?

May 15, 2020


What buttons to press to get the RGB lights to just stay on, one single color, always on? Thank you.

April 13, 2020

Juan Balderas:

How often do you restock? And is there a way to be notified?

February 01, 2020

Tyler Nolan:

Just wondering if there’s a game mode I don’t know about ? Ie. disable windows key, alt tab alt shift tab?? Thanks !

December 12, 2019

Noah T.:

Hey Glorious, I really enjoy your mice so I decided to by the GMMK Compact. I was wondering if you could update the software to allow you to rebind mouse side buttons to the keyboard?

September 27, 2019

Glorious Phoenix:


FN + ’


There’s no such option.

@Metall @Alex

We have no such plans at the moment.

August 19, 2019


Hey im planning to buy a compact keyboard, how do i hit the delete key?

August 16, 2019

David E Vazquez:

In the software can you switch a keyboard key to a mouse function like scroll wheel up?

August 03, 2019


How hard is to replace the backlight lcds, just in case some of them stops working?

July 05, 2019

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