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For speakers of the Vietnamese language, we currently provide 2 ibus packages:

  1. ibus-unikey
  2. ibus-bamboo

Additionally the package ibus-m17n provides other methods for Vietnamese


ibus-unikey is older than ibus-bamboo and therefore has been used in the real world for far longer, unfortunately development has stalled and even the developer recommended that the user switches to projects like ibus-bamboo if anything in ibus-unikey breaks[1]

We plan on keeping both input methods available for compatibility and simple user preference reasons, if you encounter any issues or want us to add another Vietnamese input method please submit a bug report to the bug tracker


Install is as simple as:

root # emerge ibus-unikey

for ibus-unikey or

root # emerge ibus-bamboo

for ibus-bamboo

Next, install ibus-m17n:

root # emerge ibus-m17n

After the installation finishes you can now type in Vietnamese, to add the input methods open ibus-setup, navigate to the Input Method tab, click the Add button on the side panel and search for Vietnamese, you should get options similar to this:

Further instructions

For instructions on how to configure ibus and add an input method go here, information on how to use the software can be found here

  1. ibus-unikey
  2. ibus-bamboo