How to type Malayalam in Ubuntu/Debian.

Before beginning, thanks to Ershad for telling me how to do this.


Things are easy.

1. Go to system->preferences->ibus preferences

2. Take the ‘input method’ tab.

3. From the drop down menu ‘select an input method’, choose malayalam->swanalekha and then click on ‘add’.

(If Malayalam is not there in the input methods, then sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n m17n-contrib and restart ibus)

4. Open up a text editor, hit ‘ctrl+space’ to change the language and type away like this!


Of course, you have to type a bit before you get the hang of it.


Things are still easy.

1. Install ibus first.

$sudo apt-get install ibus

2. Install the m17n library which holds the indic fonts (includes good old malayalam).

$sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n m17n-contrib

3. The rest of the steps are as in Ubuntu itself. Type away!

മോനെ ദിനേശാ!!

ഹൊപ്പ് ദിസ് വര്‍ക്സ് ഫൊര്‍ യു. —-> “Hope this works for you”.



7 thoughts on “How to type Malayalam in Ubuntu/Debian.

  1. തോറ്റിട്ടില്ല തോറ്റിട്ടില്ല തോറ്റ ചരിത്രം കേറ്റിട്ടില്ല……………. മുദ്രാവാക്യങ്ങളുടെ സ്വന്തം നാട് എന്റെ മലയാളമേ!

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