Japanese Input under Linux

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Getting Japanese input to work under Linux was a major pain back in the day. For work reason I did not use a Linux system for quite some time privately. So when I switched back to Linux I had to get Japanese Input working and please as simple and universal as on MacOS X.

Turns out that the newest kid on the block ibus is getting me what I want. On my PPC Debian wheezy box it took less than 15 minutes including the installation. Below is short reminder for myself how to do it.

Software installation

sudo apt-get install ibus ibus-anthy


All the steps below are to be run as normal non-privileged user.

  • From the command line run the im-config command.
  • Click [Yes] until a choice of input methods is available. Choose the default one.
  • Next run ibus-setup onfigure the keyboard shortcuts of choice and under the [Input Method] tab add Japanese -> Anthy.
  • Edit ~/.bashrc and add the following lines
export GTK_IM_MODULE=ibus
export XMODIFIERS=@im=ibus
export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus
  • Restart X session