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?

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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, 2018 at 12:27
  • This really should be up-voted since the accepted answer no longer works :)
    – qrikko
    Mar 22, 2021 at 15:03

Since Ubuntu 22.04 GNOME no longer allows the use of input-sources or accepts Eval() natively so you have to use the following workaround.

  1. Install GNOME extension Eval-GJS - This extension provides unrestricted Eval() dbus method for running arbitrary code in the compositor.
cd eval-gjs
make install
  1. Install gnome-shell-extension-manager
sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager
  1. Logout and re-login

  2. Launch gnome-shell-extension-manager and enable Eval-GJS

  3. Go to Settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts and add a custom shortcut with the following command:

gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.Shell --object-path /dev/ramottamado/EvalGjs --method dev.ramottamado.EvalGjs.Eval "imports.ui.status.keyboard.getInputSourceManager().inputSources[0].activate()"

Replace the index in inputSources[0] with the actual index of the input method you wish to change to. First layout will be inputSources[0], second layout will be inputSources[1] and so on.

  • And since Ubuntu 23.04 Eval-GJS "is incompatible with the current GNOME version" :(
    – fetsh
    Mar 21 at 12:50
  • Ok, Eval-GJS have to up the version in manifest, to make it work with current GNOME, but for now this should work: github.com/fetsh-edu/eval-gjs/commit/…
    – fetsh
    Mar 21 at 16:52

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