I'm trying to get ibus's popup selection to work. I followed the instructions in the Arch wiki, by installing the ibus and ibus-libpinyin packages.

ibus appears to partially work. ibus-setup works fine, and I can select inputs. In my text editor, I can then switch between English and (say) Arabic. Input changes as expected. However, after switching to Chinese Pinyin, text just appears as normal, with no pop-up appearing.

All packages are up-to-date.

  • KDE Plasma 5.7.3-1
  • ibus 1.5.14-1
  • ibus-qt 1.3.3-6
  • ibus-libpinyin 1.7.92-1
  • libpinyin 1.5.92-1

(Previously posted on the Arch forum with no reply.)


I recently upgraded some of these packages, but I still am having this problem.

  • KDE Plasma 5.7.4-2
  • libpinyin 1.6.0-1

Inspired by the Arch wiki, I added export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus to ~/.xprofile, which fixed it. I was initially thrown, because "normal" ibus input worked without this fix. In any case, I've edited the wiki to be a little clearer.

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