Cherry article numbers

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Cherry back label with article number G80-3000HAU.

This guide to Cherry article numbers is a work in progress and may contain errors. If you have a keyboard with a code that does not match this guide, then by all means please add it to the guide but include references to back up your claims if the evidence isn't in the wiki itself.

The article numbering scheme is not always consistently followed, for each and every model. This scheme is most reliable for the G80-3000 series.

Some keyboards have been updated slightly even though they have kept their full article number. Therefore, knowing the date of manufacture could also be useful. There have also been very limited editions of keyboard with special prints or covers that retain their base models' article numbers.


Cherry article numbers usually follow one of these forms:

  • G8X-YYYY
  • G8X-YYYY ZZZ [/RR]
  • G85-YYYYZZ

JK and JM represent consumer keyboards and mice respectively, with a four-digit part number PPPP. The rest of the codes begin with "G8", where the X digit signifies the series, typically including the switch family.

The YYYY part is the model number, consisting of four or five digits.

The Z part is a letter code that could include information about such things as the type of keycap material, layout, connector and for G80 keyboards also the switch variation.

Older Cherry boards tend to have a 3 letter code. Five-letter codes have been spotted on boards from 1994 onwards, but keyboards with three-letter codes were produced up to early 1996. Article numbers beginning with G85 have only a two-letter layout code. Some older, long deprecated models do not have any letter code at all.

After the letter code, there could be a hyphen and a digit, -N. Often, "-0" is on keyboards that are light grey (Ger:"Hellgrau") and "-2" on keyboards that are black.

Last, there could also be a space, a slash and a two-digit numeric code. The meaning of this is unknown. There has been speculation that it would be some kind of revision number.


The first few characters before the first dash in the product code signify the series, where each series has a different switch type:

  • G80: G80 series — Full-Travel Mechanical
  • V80: prototype G80 keyboard (eg V80-5000)
  • G81: G81 series — Full Travel, Sealed Contact (FTSC) with MY switches
  • V81: prototype G81 keyboard (eg V81-1000)
  • G82: G82 series — rubber sheet (LPK)
  • M82: bundle of G82 keyboard together with a mouse
  • J82: rubber sheet, of different design from G82 (eg J82-16000)
  • G83: G83 series — New Technology Keyboard (NTK) with rubber sheets
  • M83: bundle of G83 keyboard together with a mouse
  • G84: G84 seriesML switch keyboards
  • J84: durable compact keyboards
  • G85: G85 seriesCherry SX scissor switch keyboards
  • M85: bundle of G85 keyboard together with a mouse
  • T85: engineering sample for G85 keyboard (T85-20050)
  • G86: G86 series — Advanced Technology Keyboard (ATK), with spill-proof rubber sheets
  • M86: bundle of G86 keyboard together with a mouse
  • T86: engineering sample for G86 keyboard (T86-63400)
  • J86: vandal-proof keyboard with metal keys (J86-4400)
  • G87: G87 series — membrane
  • ESA: G80 series — Full-Travel Mechanical- So far only seen on ESA-3000HASR0 and ESA-3000HAGD0

As of November 2013, G88, G89 and G90 do not appear to exist.

Model number

The number after the first dash in the product code signifies the model number.

All discovered model numbers have four or five digits. Model numbers ending in 1 tend to be custom orders for large corporations. There are four-digit models numbers where the first digit is 0.

Some model numbers used by Cherry: 1000, 1501, 3000, 3800, 1800, 1851.

Some models are available for several series, with the same case and other exterior features but with different switches. For instance, the 3000 model is in both the G80, G81 and G83 series. Other series have their own models.


The first letter in a three or five-letter letter code always signifies keycap type and quality:

The only exception to these rules that we have seen so far is the ESA-3000HASR0 which has dye-sublimated keycaps, while having 'H' in the article number. This would usually suggest double-shot keycaps.

Connector and switch variation

On G80 boards, the second letter in the letter code signifies MX switch variation and cable connector, although this tends to be very confusing as the numbering scheme is not always consistent.

Keyboards of other series usually have the letter 'A', 'P' or 'U' to signify only the connector (DIN, PS/2 or USB). The exception is the G85 series where all keyboards have USB.

Letter MX Switch (G80 only) Connector Note
A Black DIN G80-5000 has Brown switches
B Brown PS/2 (usually) G80-1191 HBG has black switches and DIN-5 plug[1]
C Black DIN w/ PS/2 adapter
D Black DIN On an early Cherry G80-1000
E Clear DIN
F Blue DIN
G Black DIN Shorter cable, or sometimes Brown switch
K Brown DIN
M Black USB only
O Blue DIN
P Black or Clear[2] PS/2 or USB-combo P code keyboards with MX Clears seem to only be Reuters keyboards
Q Clear PS/2 or USB combo G80-1502 has Black switches
R Black or Clear or Blue PS/2 or USB combo
S Blue PS/2 or USB combo
T Silent Black USB only Silent Black is found in the G80-3494LTCEU
U Black USB only
V Clear OEM
W Blue; Silent Red OEM; Silent Red is found in the G80-3494LWCEU
X Brown OEM
Y Red

Often, custom boards with serial numbers ending in 1 can have confusing letter codes that do not match the switch type. For example, G80-3300 terminals have been spotted with Brown or Clear switches.

Special feature

If the letter code is five letters long, there is also a third (middle) letter. The meaning of this letter is not entirely understood, but it is believed that it may indicate the connector or a special feature of the keyboard.

Some codes that have been sighted:

  • A: Found more often on older boards, which have Windows keys (now people usually call this: Winkey/Tenkeyless/TKL), such as G80-5000HAAUS, G80-3000LFADE
  • B: G80-11800 with trackpad or trackball
  • C: G80-3000 with combo PS/2 + USB connector
  • E: Ued by e.g. G80-8200LPEDE;[3] 121 keys with Windows keys, card reader and relegendable keys, PS/2
  • M: Winkey on early boards, such as G80-3000LS"M"GB, G80-11900HR"M"US
  • N: Only appeared in G81 series, such as G81-3000HKNBE, HKNNO, LPNUS
  • P: G80-3000 with PS/2 connector
  • Z: G80-150x with card reader


Last one or two letter(s) in the layout code signifies/signify the layout. Modern boards have the two-letter layout codes. Older boards with three-letter letter codes have only one letter used for the layout.

One letter Two letters Layout
A AR English and Arabic
AY Austrian dialect novelty layout (German ISO)
B BE Belgian**
BY Bavarian dialect novelty layout (German ISO)
CD[4] Canadian French
C CH Swiss
D DE German ISO ("QWERTZ")
M DK Danish ISO
E ES Spanish ISO
EU ANSI with Euro symbol on letter 5.
F FR French ISO ("AZERTY")
FY Frankish novelty layout (German ISO)
G GB British ISO
GR Greek ISO
HU Hungarian ISO
HY Hessen "Hessische" dialect, novelty layout (German ISO)
H[5] IL Hebrew
I IT Italian ISO
JA Japanese (JIS)
KL UK, English and Klingon ISO
KO Korean, Roman and Hangul ANSI
NL Dutch ISO
N NO Norwegian ISO
OY Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz, Bavaria) dialect novelty layout (German ISO)
PL Polish ISO
P PO Portuguese ISO
PN Pan-Nordic ISO (Danish, Swedish/Finnish, Norwegian combo)
Q Greek ANSI[6]
R Russian (Cyrillic) and English (various)
RC Roman and Chinese ANSI
RD Russian (Cyrillic) and German (ISO)
RG Russian (Cyrillic) and English (ISO)
S Scandinavian (Danish) ISO
O SF Swedish/Finnish ISO
SK Slovak ISO
SL Slovenian ISO
SY Saxon dialect novelty layout (German ISO)
TQ Turkish
V* RB English (US-ANSI) and Cyrillic (Russia, Ukraine, etc.)
V* RO English (US-ANSI) and Cyrillic (Russia, Ukraine, etc.)
VY Berlin ("Berliner") dialect, novelty layout (German ISO)
X Used for special orders. Does not signify layout.
XB Matrix layout for Cherry G80-1950.
XX ISO, no legends. Sold primarily to other companies that add custom legends.[7]
XY ANSI, no legends. Sold primarily to other companies that add custom legends.[7]
Y Yugoslavian ISO
ZY Frankish dialect novelty layout (German ISO)
? Cologne "Kölsch" dialect, novelty layout (German ISO)

*: There is very small difference between RO and RB. Both variations have been spotted as V.


G80-3000LFADE /00

  • G80 = MX switches
  • L = lasered caps
  • F = MX Blue Switches with DIN connector
  • A = Winkeyless layout
  • DE = German ISO layout


  • G80 = MX switches
  • F = MX Blue Switches
  • H = double-shot caps
  • D = German ISO layout


  • G81 = MY switches
  • S = Dye sublimated keycaps
  • A = DIN connector
  • D = German ISO layout


  • G83 = Rubber dome switches
  • L = Lasered keycaps
  • U = USB connector
  • CH = Swiss ISO layout


  • G84 = ML switches
  • L = Lasered keycaps
  • C = Combo PS/2 and USB connector
  • IL = Hebrew layout


  • G85 = Scissor switches
  • DE = German ISO layout

For other examples see Category:Cherry keyboards.

See also


A lot of the information in this guide has been gathered from ads seen at vendor's and on auction sites. Some of the information also comes from the "Dating Cherry Keyboards" article on the old Geekhack wiki.

Where explicitly cited above:

  1. Deskthority — Cherry g80 Model 1191 made by tandem. (FIXED) Posted 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2024-05-16.
  2. Deskthority — Price Check: How much is my _____ worth? by kbdfr. Posted 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2024-05-16.
  3. Deskthority — CHERRY G80-8200HPBUS-2 (Full ISO doubleshot set) by kint. Posted 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2024-05-16.
  4. Imgur gallery with pictures of G81-7920LUBCD-2 Dated 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2024-05-16.
  5. Reddit — [vintage] Vintage Cherry board - with Hebrew lettering! by Man_With_Arrow. Posted 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2024-05-16.
  6. Deskthority — Cherry G81-3054HAQ (Greek ANSI doubleshots) by photekq. Posted 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2024-05-16.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Deskthority — New Cherry MX keyboard - Which switch? by robin13867. Posted 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2024-05-16.