FCITX (Free Chinese Input Toy of X) is a collection of Simplified Chinese input methods for Linux.
Using FCITX to input Chinese
Before you can make use of FCITX for input, you have to setup some environment variables. It is quite simple.
- Open the Template:Filename or (.profile?) file in your home directory and add following lines:
#setup XIM environment export GTK_IM_MODULE=xim export QT_IM_MODULE=xim export XMODIFIERS="@im=fcitx"
Since 4.1.0, Fcitx provides it's own input method module, Template:Package Official, Template:Package Official, and Template:Package Official. It's recommend to use input method module instead of xim directly, in order to resolve strange bugs brings XIM.
You can set corresponding environment variables
export GTK_IM_MODULE=fcitx export QT_IM_MODULE=fcitx
In order to use Fcitx input methdo module, you also need DBus startup correctly.
- Re-login to make such environment effective.
After you re-login, open your favorite terminal, type:
To see if fcitx is working correctly, open an application such as leafpad and press CTRL+Space to invoke FCITX and input some words.
If everything goes well, you may want to start FCITX automatically whenever you start X.
killall fcitx fcitx &
That is it.
If you use any type of XDM (gdm for example), you should set up such environment in Template:Filename instead of above two files.
Autostart with desktop
XDG compatible environment
You can put fcitx inside your Template:Filename, and set corresponding environment variable mentioned above in ~/.xinitrc.
If you want use input method module, make sure dbus is started before you start everything, if you are not sure, add
eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session`
to the head of Template:Filename.
CTRL+Space does not work
If you cannot invoke FCITX by pressing the CTRL+Space keyboard combination, but FCITX runs in background without problem, please check your locale, and make sure your locale is un-commented in /etc/locale.gen.