I have 2 layouts - English and Russian. After restart I can't type in Russian even though the keyboard indicator shows RU. Removing RU keyboard from input sources and adding it again helps. But only until next restart. Changing region format from UK to Russia doesn't help. Reordering input sources also has no effect. For the last 10 years I never had this problem with other Ubuntu flavours.

  • To disable IBus you need to add dpkg-divert: sudo dpkg-divert --package im-config --rename /usr/bin/ibus-daemon Apr 8, 2022 at 7:06

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I got the same issue (in my case latam layout), and it was driving me crazy. Thank God I was able to solve it easily by using the IBus Preferences applet and setting the option: "Use system keyboard layout", under the Advanced tab.

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    Hi Fernando, thanks for sharing the hint. It does work too and even easier than disabling IBus. I just tried it. After reinstalling Budgie I ran into the same problem again. Sep 24, 2022 at 16:08
  • ^ I think this is the solution to the actual problem. Seems like a bug on the part of Budgie that this isn't set by default. WFM. Sep 30, 2022 at 11:33

I see the following.

Budgie is GNOME based, so should act similar to GNOME. Like we it or not.
Both GNOME and Budgie uses XKB and Ibus; the latter is needed only for complex alphabets.
With default configuration Budgie should read /etc/default/keyboard (see example below)

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/default/keyboard 

# Consult the keyboard(5) manual page.



and set keyboard layouts and their switching shortcut from it. Thus if you have grp:alt_shift_toggle (Alt+Shift) defined here above, it should work.

To add necessary keyboard layouts you have to launch Keyboard settings (gnome-control-center keyboard) and add needed languages to Input Sources here.

If you want to set Alt+Shift or Ctrl+Shift for first time you'll need to install GNOME Tweaks by sudo apt-get install gnome-tweaks --no-install-recommends and set such shortcuts from it in Keyboard & MouseAdditional Layout OptionsSwitching to another layout.

Then you'll need to add relevant applet to the Budgie Panel:

  1. Launch Budgie Desktop Settings (budgie-desktop-settings)
  2. Go to Top Panel tab
  3. Click on + button to add Keyboard Layout applet
  4. Optionally move Keyboard Layout to the needed part of Budgie Panel
  5. Test keyboard layout change and make sure it changes on Budgie Top Panel.

Details are available at https://getsol.us/articles/configuration/configuring-keyboard-layout/en/ .

Note: if your issues persists this maybe permissions issue, you have to reset them by sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.cache ~/.config ~/.local then reboot and retry above steps.

While writing this text I feel that both GNOME and Budgie are not viable for real life usage. It is good that fully featured alternatives like KDE, MATE and Xfce exists.

  • Thx. I will check it out. So far I'm using the default Super+Space. Feb 25, 2022 at 17:49
  • Well, it didn't help. Even though I don't need Alt+Shift, I have installed GNOME Tweaks. Keyboard Layout applet has already been added. Funnily enough, setting Alt+Shift as a combination didn't switch the keyboard at all. The problem is still in place. Feb 25, 2022 at 18:12
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    You may have some problems with Ibus, consider to disable it. Or try fresh user profile.
    – N0rbert
    Feb 25, 2022 at 19:58
  • Hi N0rbert, I have added a dpkg-divert to disable IBus and after rebooting a couple of times everything seems fine. I will update my question if the problem persists. Thx mate! Mar 4, 2022 at 11:13
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    Flying smoothly. Everything is all right. Disabling Ibus helped. Thank you for the advise. Mar 5, 2022 at 17:45

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