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Writing in kannada on GNU/Linux OS

Almost all Linux Distributions have support for ಕನ್ನಡ.So browsing ಕನ್ನಡ Unicode websites will not be much of a problem But if u have any doubts about the kannada fonts being displayed on your system then visit ಮುಖ್ಯಪುಟ of the kannada wiki page ..If the page is displayed properly  then u can rest assure that kannada fonts will be properly displayed on your system ..

This tutorial is about the input methods for ಕನ್ನಡ  on GNU/Linux system …Here i will show how to install Smart Common Input Method (SCIM) platform so writing in kannada on ubuntu 10.10 will be a easy ..

We need to install the following packages :

  • scim
  • sicm-m17
  • scim-gtk2-immodule
  • ttf-kannada-fonts

You can install by Opening Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager) searching for the following items, marking them and then apply.

or the easy alternative is

$ sudo apt-get install scim scim-m17 scim-gtk2-immodule ttf-kannada-fonts
$ scim-setup &

All the necessary packages have been installed ..

Now we need to assign a trigger for switching keyboard layouts so open SCIM Input Method Setup (System>Preferences>SCIM Input Method Setup>FrontEnd>Global Setup)

I have assigned the trigger a Cntrl+Alt+Space








and make sure kannada is selected in the IMEngine page







Create file by the name ’75scim’ under /etc/X11/Xsession.d/ with following lines (if there is a file by the name 90im-switch its better to remove it for this setup)

export XMODIFIERS="@im=SCIM"
export XIM_PROGRAM="/usr/bin/scim -d"
export GTK_IM_MODULE=scim
export QT_IM_MODULE=scim






for the changes to take effect log out and login

Now u can see a scim toolbar on the screen …Using the trigger we can toggle between different keyboards …





With Kannada-Kn-itrans font (I use this font u can use any one of the three) open gedit and start typing in ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡ  just like the way am 🙂 🙂








If u are using any other distribution of GNU/Linux or Windows then this might help

Thank you Guys 🙂

ಸಿರಿಗನ್ನಡಂ ಗೆಲ್ಗೆ  🙂 🙂


Information for this post has been gathered from many sources


About Suhas Dwarakanath

Embedded Engineer interested in Electronics and GNU/Linux


4 thoughts on “Writing in kannada on GNU/Linux OS

  1. wonder full ಬಾರಿಸು ಕನ್ನದ ಡಿಂಡಿಮವ

    Posted by pradyumna | June 9, 2011, 7:52 pm
  2. sorry ಕನ್ನಡ

    Posted by pradyumna | June 9, 2011, 7:53 pm
  3. wonder full ಬಾರಿಸು ಕನ್ನಡ ಡಿಂಡಿಮವ

    Posted by pradyumna | June 9, 2011, 7:54 pm
  4. Thank you so much. Your guide is very useful. I am able to get Kannada going on Ubuntu. I am so happy.

    Posted by Ragu Kattinakere | October 27, 2011, 1:49 am

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