I am using MX GNU/Linux v19 (Patito feo). I have installed these three packages with apt.

  1. ibus
  2. ibus-mozc
  3. ibus-anthy

I can confidently say that they got installed correctly as I can see this in the Japanese section of ibus-preferences.


I can see the ibus icon in my panel too!


but I still can't input Japanese. It is still using my xkb keyboards. So in this case How to temporarily switch to ibus?

I wanted to know if there is any commands for fully activating and fully deactivating ibus? I would need both of them as I very often need to switch to my xkb-layouts too. I am planning to add keyboard shortcuts for both of those commands which I believe will make my life very easy :)

GUI solutions are welcome as they will be useful for other users having similar issue.

Thanks in advance.

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1 Answer 1


No, you do not toggle between xkb and ibus. You fully switch to ibus - it will support both multi-key and single-key languages.

Not sure how it is done on MX GNU, but in Debian derivatives there always an "Input Method" section in the settings, where you do a complete switch to ibus, fcitx, xim, etc (the option "none" there would a switch back to xkb).

Once you install ibus package, you should have a tool ibus-setup. It will allow you to set hotkeys to switch between layouts.

  • Thanks for your answer, but I have some custom keyboard layouts defined with xkb which I can't stop using. I am very accustomed to it now. Is there any way to customize ibus?
    – Niranjan
    Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 13:49
  • Of course you can make your own layout in ibus. Same ibus-setup will help. It also has an option 'use system layout' which is to use whatever layout there is if you disable ibus's layouts - in your case that would be custom xkb layout.
    – White Owl
    Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 23:24
  • Thanks a lot! :)
    – Niranjan
    Commented Jul 2, 2022 at 5:02

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