I have installed Kubuntu 18.04 (installed by kubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso), and I want to input Chinese. So I installed IBus, but it is not working. I used the following steps to install IBus:

  1. sudo apt-install ibus ibus-qt4 ibus-gkt ibus-libpinyin ibs-m17n
  2. run ibus-daemon -drx
  3. run ibus-setup, and choose Chinese pinyin input method
  4. open a Kate, choose input method, and it not working

Then, I configured IBUS following this wiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/IBus#Chinese


export GTK_IM_MODULE=ibus
export XMODIFIERS=@im=ibus
export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus


install qt4-qtconfig

then run


and Interface > Default Input Method, select ibus instead of xim.


export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus to ~/.xprofile (make a file)

then, reboot OS,but it is still not working, what's wrong with my operation?

  • Thanks, I am try run “ sudo im-config", not "im-config", then choose ibus input method, then it works. im-config cmd need root author to display input method chooser. – siven Dec 3 '18 at 4:16
  • Note: I think there is a typo in your first step, you probably mean: sudo apt-get install ibus ibus-qt4 ibus-gtk ibus-libpinyin ibus-m17n. That is, apt-get install instead of apt-install, and ibus-gtk instead of ibus-gkt, and ibus-m17n instead of ibs-m17n. I assume that this typo is only in this post, but that you typed the correct thing in your terminal, since apt-install would directly return an obvious error. – Boris Dec 6 '18 at 11:30

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