Install Chinese Fcitx Wbpy Input Method on Debian 8 Gnome Desktop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Chinese Fcitx wbpy input method on Debian 8 Gnome Desktop. This tutorial is for the English version of Debian8. If you use the Chinese version of Debian, please check out this tutorial.

Install Fcitx Wbpy

open your terminal and login as root.

su -

Update local package index and install fcitx wbpy.

apt-get update

apt-get install fcitx fcitx-table-wbpy fcitx-config-gtk

If you want to know to how grant sudo privileges to standard users on Debian, check out this post.

Configure Fcitx Input Method

Enter the following command as a standard user to open Fcitx configuration window.


Click the plus icon to add a input method.

add a input method in fcitx configuration window

Uncheck Only Show Current Language and enter wbpy in the text field.

add fcitx wbpy input method

WubiPinyin will appear. Click OK button to add it.

Select Fcitx as the Input Method Framwork for Debian 8

Enter the following command.

im-config -n fcitx

Now you can press Ctrl+Space to call fcitx wbpy to enter Chinese Characters on Debian.

Use Fcitx with Telegram

If you can not enter Chinese characters in Telegram messenger with Fcitx wbpy, open .bashrc file under your home folder.

nano ~/.bashrc

Append the following three commands at the end of the file.

export GTK_IM_MODULE=fcitx
export XMODIFIERS=@im=fcitx
export QT_IM_MODULE=fcitx

Save and close the file. Commands in .bashrc will be executed when user login, so now log out and log back in to let the above change take effect.

Now you can enter Chinese characters in Telegram messenger.

enter chinse characters in Telegram with fcitx


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