Japanese Input on OpenSUSE Linux 12.1 (KDE 4.7)

December 6th, 2011

Setting up Japanese input IME (日本語入力方法) on openSUSE Linux 12.1 is not difficult, but it requires a little know-how of what packages need to be installed. It only takes a few minutes to download all the files and get it set up. Once installed and configured, you will be able to type in Japanese in your Linux applications. If you’ve used the previous 11.4 version of openSUSE, it’s exactly the same, although some icons look a little different.


  • YaST software repositories are configured properly.

Setup Procedure

Click on the Kickoff Application Launcher.

On the Computer tab, click Install/Remove Software.

On the Search tab, search for anthy.

In the search results window showing the matching packages, select the anthy and ibus-anthy packages.

Press the Accept button on the bottom right of the window.

YaST will now download, install, and configure the anthy packages.

Do the same for ibus. Open Install/Remove Software, search for ibus, and select the package for ibus. Press Accept to install.

Click on the Kickoff Application Launcher, and from the Leave tab, click Restart to restart openSUSE with the new configuration.


After restarting, log back in.

You will now have the IBus input method framework keyboard icon in the bottom panel.

Right click the IBus input method framework keyboard icon and click on Preferences.

On the Input Method tab, select Japanese → Anthy from the dropdown menu.

Press the Add button to add Japanese Anthy input method, and then press Close.

Open up a text editor or any application with a text input window, and click on the IBus input method framework icon and select Japanese – Anthy.

The IBus input method framework keyboard icon will change to the Anthy Aち icon.

You can now type in Japanese.

Click the Anthy Aち icon to select between the various Japanese input modes.

That’s it. Setting up Japanese input on openSUSE 12.1 is not very difficult. When you try to type Japanese, make sure the cursor is in a text box in an application, or you may get an error saying No input window. 日本語入力方法を楽しんでください。

One Response to “Japanese Input on OpenSUSE Linux 12.1 (KDE 4.7)”

  1. thanks, by the way, mozc is better than anthy.

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