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In Funtoo we also provide additional IMs that don't add specific language support but can prove very useful, here is a list of the current package list:

  1. ibus-handwrite
  2. ibus-input-pad
  3. other IMs under ibus-m17n
  4. ibus-typing-booster

If you encounter any issues with the software or want us to add other input methods, please submit a bug report to the bug tracker


The ibus-handwrite allows the user to draw Chinese and Japanese characters


Simply run:

root # emerge ibus-handwrite

then head to ibus-setup, go to the Input Method tab, click Add and click on the Chinese or Japanese language sections, and it should be available, once it is added you can switch to it and start drawing


When you switch to the handwrite input method, you will get something like this when you click on an input box:


Since ibus captures your default theme, widgets like this might have problems with the colours, for example in the image ibus uses the catppuccin gtk theme, which makes the background dark, but the foreground colour grey. To fix this, click on the colour picker button and a popup will open that will allow you to change the foreground colour.

ibus-handwrite allow you to input universal Chinese characters:


Traditional Chinese characters:


Simplified Chinese characters:


And even Japanese Kana:



The ibus-input-pad package provides an graphical input pad and enables the user to input characters not found on their keyboard without having to learn a keyboard layout or to input the unicode codepoints themselves


Simply run:

root # emerge ibus-input-pad

then head to ibus-setup, go to the Input Method tab, click Add and click on the Other section, and you will see it on the list


When you select the input pad input method and click on an input box, a small popup with 2 buttons will appear, the first button launches the input pad, with 2 different options, the second one opens the settings for the input pad.

Here you can see the full input pad:


while here, you can see the keyboard only input pad:


ibus-input-pad depends on the input-pad package, so running input-pad, will open the same input pad, the ibus integration allows for better and more smooth input of some characters into text fields

Input Methods under ibus-m17n

The package ibus-m17n also provides additional helpful input methods, here are the more notable ones:

  1. t-latn-post - Latin script input method using postfix modifiers, i.e. a" -> ä
  2. t-latn-pre - Latin script input method using prefix modifiers, i.e. "a -> ä
  3. t-lsymbol - Allows for typing of special characters using regular Latin characters, i.e. /:) becomes 🙂
  4. t-math-latex - Allows for typing mathematical expressions and symbols using LaTeX syntax
  5. t-unicode - Allows for typing with Unicode code points


Simply run:

root # emerge ibus-m17n

then head to ibus-setup, go to the Input Method tab, click Add and click on the Other section and scroll through the list until you find the method you want


The ibus-typing-booster package provides a plugin for ibus that can allow you to type faster based on hunspell dictionaries and by learning from your typing style


Simply run:

root # emerge ibus-typing-booster

then head to ibus-setup, go to the Input Method tab, click Add and click on the Other section and scroll through the list until you find the typing booster method.

Additionally, you will need to download dictionaries for smoother usage. To do this, you can enable one of the 4 USE flags of app-text/enchant

  1. aspell
  2. nuspell
  3. hunspell
  4. voikko - Mostly used by Finnish users

After modifying the flags, you need to update your world set:

root # emerge -uDN @world

additionally, you might need to enable some languages part of the L10N USE expand variables for these packages, for them to install


The developer of the software has published a video that detals everything the software provides in the project's webpage here