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.



Will the case be white in the future?

June 23, 2019

Alex Kamrud:

When will you start to offer the full size with a removeable cable?

June 10, 2019


Is there a way to layer custom effects on the keyboard. I would like to have static keys with reactive lighting when I press the keys. So a red static key goes blue when pressed, then cycles back to the static color. Is this possible currently? or when will it be if ever.

May 22, 2019


For the customization software, does the software have to be running for custom profiles to remain active on the keyboard? Or does the board get flashed with your profiles to be taken from device to device and retain its customization?

May 01, 2019

Christian T.:

Is the GMMK compact usable in the bios for arrow key navigation? With the FN+ whichever keys they are mapped to?

April 26, 2019


The GMMK software will not open for me. I have tried running as administator, uninstalling and reinstalling, and making an exception via Windows Firewall (though it doesn’t appear in the list of programs to allow through…). Any ideas?

April 15, 2019


When will the GMMK cordless be available?

February 07, 2019


Hi. Do you know when updated GMMK tkl with sound dampening will be available? :)

February 07, 2019

Glorious Phoenix:

Hey Patxi,

The ISO layouts should be released this month. :)

February 06, 2019


any news about the iso version?

February 05, 2019

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