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Fcitx 5 is a generic input method framework.

Packages status

All packages: Fcitx5 package family

It only has been packaged on bullseye and later. For buster and before, please use fcitx, aka fcitx4.

Install Fcitx5 on bullseye

For simplified Chinese users

Install fcitx5 and fcitx5-chinese-addons. Then logout and login again in your desktop environment. The input methods are not added to fcitx immediately. You need to configure it manually. You can run fcitx5-configtool from terminal or system tray.

apt install --install-recommends fcitx5 fcitx5-chinese-addons

Be sure to install recommended packages, it works for most people. But if you want a minimal set of packages to install, try (for KDE user):

apt install --no-install-recommends fcitx5 fcitx5-chinese-addons fcitx5-frontend-gtk3 fcitx5-frontend-qt5 fcitx5-module-kimpanel fcitx5-module-xorg kde-config-fcitx5

For traditional Chinese users

You can install fcitx5-chinese-addons too, it provides table method. But you can also install fcitx5-chewing for zhuyin.


Gnome users should install gnome-shell-extension-kimpanel.

Fcitx5 works on Wayland, so you don't need to switch to Xorg.


Except the builtin theme, currently there's extra one available. fcitx5-material-color. See the screenshots at upstream.