I had taken the following steps with Ubuntu-12 and it had worked perfect. But on a new laptop, I installed Ubuntu-14 and I am not getting access to iTrans conformant typing or transliteration scheme for the Sanskrit language. Ubuntu-14 gives me access to Hindi language's Bolnagri and Wx schemes and Sanskrit language's KaGaPa Phonetic, but these schemes are new to me; and I know for fact that 15-20 years ago iTrans conformant typing was the norm and it was available with Ubuntu-12. So why this new change, which is perhaps not for the better? How can I add to Ubuntu-14 what was the default for Sanskrit Lang under Ubuntu-12?

System Settings > Language Support > Install/Remove Languages

I added Sanskrit and Hindi at the step above.

Then I checked under : Text Entry Settings > Input Sources To Use > AND I only see options like KaGaPa Phonetic, Bolnagari et al. I would like my ubuntu-12 setting back. I do not remember the technical name for that transliteration scheme for Sanskrit Lang typing support to Dev-nagari script.

Please advise. I hope this is the correct place where to ask for this help.


Install the ibus-m17n package and relogin. Then you should see a Sanskrit (IAST (m17n)) option in the list of input sources. Probably that's what you want.

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  • I tried ibus-m17n. And it worked for me. – The Dentist Jul 13 '14 at 9:51
  • Thanks for answering. I installed ibus-m17n package, and its 'Harvard-Kyoto m17n' option does help me a lot. But it is still not as good as iTrans conformant scheme. Gmail's Sanskritam-Phonetic scheme comes very close to being fully iTrans conformant. But I would like to be able to type in Devnagari script direct in any edit-box. I am way better off than where I was yesterday, but still not quite there. I will search some more to be able to do iTrans conformant typing. (To muru - I am not using this on a mobile.) – user137392 Jul 14 '14 at 7:44
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    Did you find your way? I have been using inscript as entry method, and it is the standard layout available. System Settings > Text Entry > Input Sources And add there "Indian". It is stupid name, but when selecting indian, devanagari (Inscript) is the default keyboard layout. – Ossi Viljakainen Oct 7 '15 at 12:33
  • @OssiViljakainen Thank you every much. This is exactly what I wanted. You are right its a stupid name. Windows also call it Devanagri. – Lokesh Aug 8 '19 at 2:32

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