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The bulk of the integration patches have been merged upstream for GNOME 3.5.4, and should appear shortly in Rawhide.
The bulk of the integration patches have been merged upstream for GNOME 3.5.4, and should appear shortly in Rawhide.
See for more detailed status.
See for more detailed status.

Revision as of 05:11, 19 July 2012

GNOME IBus Integration


Gnome 3.6 will provide support for input methods using IBus, in addition keyboard layout configuration.

The integration includes a gnome-shell input indicator combining keyboard layouts and input methods selection.

For this to be a smooth transition for Fedora users, various changes and testing are needed, and this is covered by this feature.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 18
  • Last updated: 2012-07-17
  • Percentage of completion: 40%

The bulk of the integration patches have been merged upstream for GNOME 3.5.4, and should appear shortly in Rawhide.

See for more detailed status.

Detailed Description

The ibus UI for gnome-shell has been provided as ibus-gnome3 package since Fedora 16 and now is the time to integrate the ibus UI into gnome-shell.

Benefit to Fedora

Currently ibus-gnome3 package is not enabled by default and users need to enable the ibus indicator by manual in Fedora 17.

When the ibus integration is done in gnome-shell, ibus input methods will be available in the control-center region panel and in the gnome-shell keyboard menu without any manual steps (other than making sure that ibus and suitable ibus engines are installed).


gnome-shell provides the ibus menu by default. ibus does not run ibus panel on gnome-shell. gnome-control-center provides ibus configuration. gnome-settings-daemon launches ibus-daemon and switches engines.


  • hotkey handling (locale based?)
  • default IMEs

How To Test

Install IBus and some engines, eg ibus-anthy.

Open gnome-control-center, region panel, input sources tab. Use the + button and add Anthy to the list of active input sources.

Verify that Anthy is now listed in the gnome-shell keyboard menu and can be activated from there.

Test that using Anthy to enter Japanese text works in gedit, firefox, and in gnome-shell itself, e.g. in the search entry.

Test that switching between keyboard layouts such as en_Us and input methods such as anthy works using both the shell menu and keyboard shortcuts.

Verify that the keyboard shortcuts can be changed in the control-center panel.

User Experience

gnome-shell shows ibus indicator is available by default. gnome-control-center shows ibus configurations by default.



  • gnome-shell depends on ibus libraries
  • gnome-control-center depends on ibus libraries
  • ibus-setup won't be accessible from GUI in gnome-shell, but input methods will be configurable from the control-center

Q: so can you clarify in our feature page, what features are approved/agreed to include in 3.6 and what features are proposed but not yet approved/agreed?
A: Currently approved patches are gnome-shell and switching engines by g-s-d. Running ibus-daemon and g-c-c is under the review.

Q: which features of the above contains ibus-setup replacement say?
A: g-c-c.

Q: When gnome-settings-daemon is implemented to run ibus-daemon

  • if imsettings disables to run ibus-daemon
  • im-chooser can be run by users
  • if any UIs provide the option to disable ibus-daemon
  • if ibus-daemon runs on any locales
  • if ibus-daemon runs without ibus engines
  • if imsettings needs to be run to export QT_IM_MODULE and XMODIFIERS

A: As of 3.5.4, gnome-settings-daemon will only activate ibus-daemon when needed - ie when the list of active input sources contains input methods requiring IBus. If you don't want ibus-daemon to run, you can just not add any such input sources to the list. Or you can uninstall ibus-daemon. Users can run im-chooser if they want to, but it will probably interfere with the Input Sources UI in the control-center.

Contingency Plan

ibus panel is back and enables ibus-daemon does not connect to gnome-settings-daemon.


ibus-xkb is also integrated for non-GNOME desktop newly. ibus-xkb provides preloaded engines, all XKB layout, variant ibus engines, frequently used input method list on ibus-setup, customizable trigger key on ibus-setup.

Release Notes

  • Input methods (based on IBus) have been integrated directly into GNOME3.

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