Linux: Chinese Input Setup

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page show you how to setup Chinese input on Linux.

Intelligent Input Bus (iBus) is a popular input system engine.

Install it like this:

sudo apt-get install ibus-googlepinyin

then, in terminal, type ibus-daemon -d to start the process in background.

then, in the taskbar, you should see a new icon with a “i” on it. Click it, then choose menu [preferences], then in the tab menu [Input Method] , add a input method. Check other tab to see the keys to activate the input. (try not to change it now. After when you tested it's working, then you can change keys.)

now, close it. You should have Chinese input available.

try it. In terminal, type abiword or gedit to launch a editor. Then press the hotkey to switch to Chines, then type something.

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Google Pinyin in gedit.

Google Gmail Pinyin Input

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Gmail input method editor settings

Gmail has pinyin input, and works very well. You just need to turn it on.

Chinese Input in Emacs

Emacs Chinese Input

thanks to many Chinese friends on sina weibo.