Can I set up keyboard shortcuts for each input language? For example I want to set "Ctrl + 8" for English, "Ctrl + 9" for Ukrainian and "Ctrl + 0" for Russian languages. I don't want to switch and search language I need. It takes time. I want directly to turn language I want. I had this ability in Windows. Maybe I need to install some plugin?


Go to System Settings - Keyboard - Shortcuts. Click on "Add" button.

(See here for how to create a custom shortcut: http://web.archive.org/web/20150705203244/http://bigknol.com/create-custom-keyboard-shortcuts-in-ubuntu-for-launching-chrome-firefox/)

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For the name write,for example name of the input language - "English".

For the command write

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources current 0

Here 0 indicates the number of the input language. (0 for the first one, 1 for the second one, etc.)

Then press on create a shortcut button and press the key combination you want.

Change the number according to the order of input languages. For example write

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources current 1

for creating a shortcut for the second language.


As far as current is deprecated for org.gnome.desktop.input-sources in GNOME 3.2 so for Ubuntu 18.04, you can use one of the following commands:

  1. For the first language:

    gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.Shell --object-path /org/gnome/Shell --method org.gnome.Shell.Eval "imports.ui.status.keyboard.getInputSourceManager().inputSources[0].activate()"
  2. For the second language:

    gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.Shell --object-path /org/gnome/Shell --method org.gnome.Shell.Eval "imports.ui.status.keyboard.getInputSourceManager().inputSources[1].activate()"
  • So this is applicable only for GNOME DE? What if I use XFCE? – Suncatcher Mar 9 '18 at 12:27
  • This really should be up-voted since the accepted answer no longer works :) – qrikko Mar 22 at 15:03

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