How To Type Chinese In Ubuntu

As someone who has a keen interest in languages and technology, one of the challenges I faced was figuring out how to type Chinese characters on my Ubuntu operating system. I wanted to be able to communicate in Chinese online and type out documents with ease. After some research and trial and error, I discovered a few methods that I found to be effective. In this article, I’ll share my experience and provide a step-by-step guide on how to type Chinese in Ubuntu.

Method 1: Installing Chinese Input Method

The first method I tried was installing a Chinese input method, which allows you to type Chinese characters using the pinyin system. Pinyin is a phonetic system that uses Roman letters to represent Chinese sounds. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Ubuntu Software Center.
  2. Search for “Chinese input method” or “pinyin input method”.
  3. Select a Chinese input method from the search results and click “Install”.
  4. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer.
  5. After restarting, you should see a language icon in the top right corner of your screen. Click on it and select the Chinese input method.
  6. A pinyin input window should appear. Type the pinyin for the Chinese characters you want to type, and select the desired characters from the options that appear.

Method 2: Using IBus

If the Chinese input method doesn’t work for you or if you prefer a different method, you can try using IBus, the default input method framework for Ubuntu. Here’s how:

  1. Open the “Settings” application on your Ubuntu system.
  2. Go to “Region & Language” and click on the “+” button under “Input Sources”.
  3. Search for “Chinese” and select the desired Chinese input method.
  4. Click “Add” to add the input method to your list of input sources.
  5. Once you’ve added the input method, you can switch between languages by clicking on the language icon in the top right corner of your screen. Select the Chinese input method to start typing in Chinese.

Using either of these methods, you should now be able to type Chinese characters on your Ubuntu system. Whether you’re sending emails, chatting with friends, or writing documents, you’ll now have the ability to express yourself in Chinese.


Learning how to type Chinese on Ubuntu can be a bit daunting at first, but with the right tools and methods, it becomes much easier. By installing a Chinese input method or using IBus, you can seamlessly switch between languages and type Chinese characters effortlessly. So go ahead, give it a try, and start exploring the world of Chinese language and culture!