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This page explains how setup your Arch installation in order to input Indic languages.


The following packages provide fonts for a variety of Indic scripts,


Setting up the locale will ensure that applications use appropriate localizations when available. Setup your locale by following instructions here.


Since, Keyboards with Indic layouts are extremely rare, you are likely to want to use transliteration. The package ibus-m17n provides transliteration schemes for Sanskrit, Assamese, Bengali, Burmese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu & Tibetan amongst others.

  • Install Ibus and Ibus-m17n:
# pacman -Sy ibus ibus-m17n
  • Start Ibus-daemon:
# ibus-daemon &
  • Add input methods by clicking on 'Preferences' under the system-tray icon, or via:
# ibus-setup