Typing தமிழ் (Tamil) on Ubuntu Linux

To type a indic language on Linux you need to do some work before you get it working and before we start I am assuming that you are using ubuntu Linux 10.04 or higher .

The first thing you need is to install ibus 

so to install ibus open terminal and type

sudo apt-get install ibus

sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n

after installing ibus and m17n go to System->Administration->Language Support in the Gnome menu

Select keyboard input system as ibus

Click on Install/Remove Languages -> Select Tamil -> Select all the Components ->Apply the changes.

Then go to System->Preferences->Keyboard Input Methods 

Goto Input Method Tab , Select an Input method and then choose Tamil -> Tamil-phonetic and click Add

Enable Show icon on System tray 

then your preferred shortcut keys .

Choose Tamil from the keyboard icon in the notification area

and now you can type தமிழ் (Tamil) !!

நண்றி வணக்கம் !


Post you comments and Suggestions in the section below .

11 Comments on “Typing தமிழ் (Tamil) on Ubuntu Linux”

  1. saraswathi says:

    Gautam irandu suzhi na and moondru suzhi na konjam gavanam thevai– saraswathi

  2. Gautam Kumar says:

    Correct , perima, but Thamizh type pannurathe difficult , so antha time la gavanikka maranthuviduven

    • குமார் says:

      முதலில் ™காமென்ட்™ அடித்தவரை என்ன சொல்லுவது என்றே
      தெரியவில்லை பாராட்டா விட்டாலும் பரவாயில்லை ஒரு சிறிய் எழுத்துப் பிழையை
      பெரிதாக எழுதாமல் இருக்கலாமே
      உங்கள் குறிப்புகள் படி எழுதியது இது ஒரு சில பிரச்சனைகள் ஆனால் பரவாயில்லை

      மிக்க நன்றி உங்கள் முயற்ச்சிக்கு

  3. sarathy says:

    மிக்க நன்றி கௌதம். நீண்டநாள் தேடிக்கொண்டிருந்தேன். மின்ட் -டில்யும் நன்கு வேலை செய்கிறது.

  4. G.M.Karthikeyhan says:

    Provide us the keyboard layout for tamil-phonetic.
    Because if I type “f” and “b” its displaying as English letter instead of tamil characters.

  5. tucm says:

    How do I type “தமிழ்”?
    I did as your post and now when typing “tamil”, I get “டமில்”!
    I am using a U.S. keyboard on Linux Mint 17 (Ubuntu 14.04).

    • tucm says:

      I typed “thamiz” and it is correct: “தமிழ்”.
      Where can I find a table of conversion between Tamil and roman letters for Tamil phonetic m17n (e.g: th த், mi மி, z ழ்)?

  6. Dear Sir,
    I am an ardent user of Phonetic typing in Tamil Language. All these years I was using Windows and Windows related software. Now due to security concerns I have switched to LInux Rafaela 17.2.
    I have diligently followed your installation instructions in installing the software application. However in IBus Preferences – Input Method – Tamil -Phonetic (m17n) is not showing up.
    Therefore I’m not able to install the package.
    Could you help me?
    O.R. Krishnarajasekhar.

  7. venkatesh says:

    மிக்க நன்று

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