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HOWTO: Tamil Keyboard on Ubuntu 6.06

Enabling Tamil input method on Ubuntu Linux 6.06 LTD (Dapper Drake) is so sweet and simple. Here is an HowTo on that. It involves three steps:

1. Enabling Extra Repositories:

  • System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
    1. Settings -> Repositories
    2. In the Installation Media tab, click Add. There are three separate repositories; Dapper Drake, Security Updates and Updates. Select each repository and check Officially supported, Restricted copyright, Community maintained (Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse). Ensure you click OK between each repository to save your changes
    3. You should now see those three repositories under Channels. Make sure Officially supported, Restricted copyright, Community maintained (Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse) appears under each repository
    4. To refresh the list of known packages (equivalent to apt-get update)
      • Edit Menu ->Reload Package Information

2. Installing Tamil Fonts

Search for following packages in Synaptic Package Manager and install the same with all dependencies:

1. ttf-tamil-fonts
3. Installing SCIM Input Method

Search for following packages in Synaptic Package Manager and install the same with all dependencies:

1. scim 2. scim-gtk2-immodule 3. scim-tables-additional

How to type in Tamil:

1. Open Gedit Editor through Applications -> Accessories -> Text Editor.

2. Right-click at Text area, select Input Method -> SCIM Input

3. You can notice a small toolbar at the bottom right of the screen. Select Tamil Keyboard layout from the menu on that toolbar.

4. Start typing in the text editor. You will get Tamil characters.

Happy editing hours with Tamil. Let us take Tamil to next generation!

Note: I don’t have access to Ubuntu right now. So any correction and omissions on this posting is welcome.

39 comments for “HOWTO: Tamil Keyboard on Ubuntu 6.06

  1. June 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I did everything. I chose SCIM input, but I did not notice a small toolbar on the right of gedit and it is still typing in english only! What would be the reason?

  2. krishnakumar
    September 29, 2008 at 8:11 am

    please send me tamil fond key board to my e- mail address

  3. krishnakumar
    September 29, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Please send me tamil fond key board to my e-mail

  4. செழியன்
    August 13, 2008 at 4:07 am

    நன்றி.

    மிகவும் பயனுள்ள தகவல். இதனால்.. SCIM – இல் தமிழ் தட்டச்சு செய்யத் தெரிந்து கொண்டேன்.

    – செழியன்

  5. April 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    hi,
    Thank you for this post. It worked very well in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy gibbon). However there was another option in the System –> Preferences –> Keyboard –> Layouts
    => + Add –> Layouts (India) –> Variant (Tamil Unicode).

    Enabling This option and using short cut keys (defined in Group Shift/Lock Behavior in “Layout Option” in the same Keyboard preferences window) I was able to switch to and back from ‘tamil’ keyboard using the hotkeys in almost any application. Hope this helps for some who are finding difficulty with SCIM Tamil keyboard….

    Thanks once again for the post!!!

    நண்றி. மேன்மேலும் இதுபோன்ற நல்ல தகவல்களை தந்தருளுமாரு வேண்டிக்கொள்கிறேன்

    பாரத் காந்தி

  6. Aroulmourougan
    January 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Hi i went through the above comments well i will try the same, to have tamil keys…

  7. somasundaram
    January 3, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I would like to type tamil language in english keyboard. Should i have to install any software’s or to buy any cds for installing or do u have any option to download.

  8. October 8, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Hello

    G’night

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  10. Sinuallibly
    September 27, 2007 at 2:28 am

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    Regards,
    John Campbell

    For more info send e-mail: job@onlinests.org
    You will have all information!

  11. September 26, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Dear Sir, madam. Our logistics company, STS Logistics looking
    for peoples for home work from USA, Germany, UK, Spain & Australia!
    We are searching for active workers, male/female from 18 years old.
    We are ready to offer you an interesting job and partnership.
    Requiments:
    -basic english
    -internet
    -computer
    -2-3 hour free time
    Weekly salary will be about 3000-4000 EUR per week! And this is real with
    us.
    Regards,
    John Campbell

    For more info send e-mail: job@onlinests.org
    You will have all information!

  12. September 25, 2007 at 9:37 am

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  13. esopsmoptrown
    September 24, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    InterShipCo. Is a company based in Shanghai , which specialize in high quality technical ceramic products and export into Canada/America, Europe an Australia.

    Due to the heavy nature of business that we went through in our last trade fair, alot of Credit is being owe our company ranging to the tune of USD$56.5 million. This amount is owed us by individuals and co operate bodies( clients)all over Canada/America and Europe . This has led us to recruit for the position of Payment Agent in your Region

    REQUIIREMENT FOR POSITION ARE:
    1.Honest, Responsible and Dedicated .
    2.Having no problem with the Authorities
    3.Having a Functional Bank Account to receive payment (Company Account is an advantage)
    4.Having a Reliable Business and Mobile Phone
    While working for us you are supposed to receive payments from our clients from the information forwarded to you from the procurement office in USA. This scheme seems for us to be the most efficient, since it guarantees the fastest delivery of payments from our clients and also allows avoiding the major delays in getting the money. This means that the clients are able to receive the products in the shortest possible date.

    WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST?
    You will get 10% commission from the whole sum of every transaction by you. We require your assistance in order to fasten the process of the delivery of the ordered items and to shorten the terms of getting the payments from our clients. Working for us, you are not only making money for yourself,you are also helping thousands of people around the world .

    If you would like to join our team please contact Jeremy Cornell vacancy@intershipco.com with the following informations below:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    TEL/FAX NUMBER:
    EMAIL:
    AGE:
    MARITAL STATUS:
    FAMILY SIZE:
    PRESENT EMPLOYER:
    OCCUPATIONAL STATUS:
    PRESENT INCOME:
    COUNTRY:

    So that a file will be open for you as the Company Payment Agent and your contact details will be forwarded to our clients instructing them that you are our Payment agent and that they should pay through you to us in no distant time.

    Thank You for your time.
    Jeremy Cornell
    Staffing/Managment Group

  14. Pionjunny
    September 24, 2007 at 6:15 am

    InterShipCo. Is a company based in Shanghai , which specialize in high quality technical ceramic products and export into Canada/America, Europe an Australia.

    Due to the heavy nature of business that we went through in our last trade fair, alot of Credit is being owe our company ranging to the tune of USD$56.5 million. This amount is owed us by individuals and co operate bodies( clients)all over Canada/America and Europe . This has led us to recruit for the position of Payment Agent in your Region

    REQUIIREMENT FOR POSITION ARE:
    1.Honest, Responsible and Dedicated .
    2.Having no problem with the Authorities
    3.Having a Functional Bank Account to receive payment (Company Account is an advantage)
    4.Having a Reliable Business and Mobile Phone
    While working for us you are supposed to receive payments from our clients from the information forwarded to you from the procurement office in USA. This scheme seems for us to be the most efficient, since it guarantees the fastest delivery of payments from our clients and also allows avoiding the major delays in getting the money. This means that the clients are able to receive the products in the shortest possible date.

    WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST?
    You will get 10% commission from the whole sum of every transaction by you. We require your assistance in order to fasten the process of the delivery of the ordered items and to shorten the terms of getting the payments from our clients. Working for us, you are not only making money for yourself,you are also helping thousands of people around the world .

    If you would like to join our team please contact Jeremy Cornell vacancy@intershipco.com with the following informations below:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    TEL/FAX NUMBER:
    EMAIL:
    AGE:
    MARITAL STATUS:
    FAMILY SIZE:
    PRESENT EMPLOYER:
    OCCUPATIONAL STATUS:
    PRESENT INCOME:
    COUNTRY:

    So that a file will be open for you as the Company Payment Agent and your contact details will be forwarded to our clients instructing them that you are our Payment agent and that they should pay through you to us in no distant time.

    Thank You for your time.
    Jeremy Cornell
    Staffing/Managment Group

  15. STEDSPREADY
    September 23, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    InterShipCo. Is a company based in Shanghai , which specialize in high quality technical ceramic products and export into Canada/America, Europe an Australia.

    Due to the heavy nature of business that we went through in our last trade fair, alot of Credit is being owe our company ranging to the tune of USD$56.5 million. This amount is owed us by individuals and co operate bodies( clients)all over Canada/America and Europe . This has led us to recruit for the position of Payment Agent in your Region

    REQUIREMENT FOR POSITION ARE:
    1.Honest, Responsible and Dedicated .
    2.Having no problem with the Authorities
    3.Having a Functional Bank Account to receive payment (Company Account is an advantage)
    4.Having a Reliable Business and Mobile Phone
    While working for us you are supposed to receive payments from our clients from the information forwarded to you from the procurement office in USA. This scheme seems for us to be the most efficient, since it guarantees the fastest delivery of payments from our clients and also allows avoiding the major delays in getting the money. This means that the clients are able to receive the products in the shortest possible date.

    WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST?
    You will get 10% commission from the whole sum of every transaction by you. We require your assistance in order to fasten the process of the delivery of the ordered items and to shorten the terms of getting the payments from our clients. Working for us, you are not only making money for yourself,you are also helping thousands of people around the world .

    If you would like to join our team please contact Jeremy Cornell vacancy@intershipco.com with the following informations below:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    TEL/FAX NUMBER:
    EMAIL:
    AGE:
    MARITAL STATUS:
    FAMILY SIZE:
    PRESENT EMPLOYER:
    OCCUPATIONAL STATUS:
    PRESENT INCOME:
    COUNTRY:

    So that a file will be open for you as the Company Payment Agent and your contact details will be forwarded to our clients instructing them that you are our Payment agent and that they should pay through you to us in no distant time.

    Thank You for your time.
    Jeremy Cornell
    Staffing/Managment Group

  16. STEDSPREADY
    September 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    InterShipCo. Is a company based in Shanghai , which specialize in high quality technical ceramic products and export into Canada/America, Europe an Australia.

    Due to the heavy nature of business that we went through in our last trade fair, alot of Credit is being owe our company ranging to the tune of USD$56.5 million. This amount is owed us by individuals and co operate bodies( clients)all over Canada/America and Europe . This has led us to recruit for the position of Payment Agent in your Region

    REQUIIREMENT FOR POSITION ARE:
    1.Honest, Responsible and Dedicated .
    2.Having no problem with the Authorities
    3.Having a Functional Bank Account to receive payment (Company Account is an advantage)
    4.Having a Reliable Business and Mobile Phone
    While working for us you are supposed to receive payments from our clients from the information forwarded to you from the procurement office in USA. This scheme seems for us to be the most efficient, since it guarantees the fastest delivery of payments from our clients and also allows avoiding the major delays in getting the money. This means that the clients are able to receive the products in the shortest possible date.

    WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST?
    You will get 10% commission from the whole sum of every transaction by you. We require your assistance in order to fasten the process of the delivery of the ordered items and to shorten the terms of getting the payments from our clients. Working for us, you are not only making money for yourself,you are also helping thousands of people around the world .

    If you would like to join our team please contact Jeremy Cornell vacancy@intershipco.com with the following informations below:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    TEL/FAX NUMBER:
    EMAIL:
    AGE:
    MARITAL STATUS:
    FAMILY SIZE:
    PRESENT EMPLOYER:
    OCCUPATIONAL STATUS:
    PRESENT INCOME:
    COUNTRY:

    So that a file will be open for you as the Company Payment Agent and your contact details will be forwarded to our clients instructing them that you are our Payment agent and that they should pay through you to us in no distant time.

    Thank You for your time.
    Jeremy Cornell
    Staffing/Managment Group

  17. NemPeraNese
    September 23, 2007 at 10:13 am

    InterShipCo. Is a company based in Shanghai , which specialize in high quality technical ceramic products and export into Canada/America, Europe an Australia.

    Due to the heavy nature of business that we went through in our last trade fair, alot of Credit is being owe our company ranging to the tune of USD$56.5 million. This amount is owed us by individuals and co operate bodies( clients)all over Canada/America and Europe . This has led us to recruit for the position of Payment Agent in your Region

    REQUIIREMENT FOR POSITION ARE:
    1.Honest, Responsible and Dedicated .
    2.Having no problem with the Authorities
    3.Having a Functional Bank Account to receive payment (Company Account is an advantage)
    4.Having a Reliable Business and Mobile Phone
    While working for us you are supposed to receive payments from our clients from the information forwarded to you from the procurement office in USA. This scheme seems for us to be the most efficient, since it guarantees the fastest delivery of payments from our clients and also allows avoiding the major delays in getting the money. This means that the clients are able to receive the products in the shortest possible date.

    WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST?
    You will get 10% commission from the whole sum of every transaction by you. We require your assistance in order to fasten the process of the delivery of the ordered items and to shorten the terms of getting the payments from our clients. Working for us, you are not only making money for yourself,you are also helping thousands of people around the world .

    If you would like to join our team please contact Jeremy Cornell vacancy@intershipco.com with the following informations below:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    TEL/FAX NUMBER:
    EMAIL:
    AGE:
    MARITAL STATUS:
    FAMILY SIZE:
    PRESENT EMPLOYER:
    OCCUPATIONAL STATUS:
    PRESENT INCOME:
    COUNTRY:

    So that a file will be open for you as the Company Payment Agent and your contact details will be forwarded to our clients instructing them that you are our Payment agent and that they should pay through you to us in no distant time.

    Thank You for your time.
    Jeremy Cornell
    Staffing/Managment Group

  18. raja
    August 30, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    setesfsdfsedsfds

  19. August 13, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Is it possible to choose/change scim language using shell command?

  20. Sutharsahan
    August 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    All is good. But I do not understand why I have to hit the spacebar twice to get one space between words, when I type using the phonetic keyboard.

    Any ideas? Is there a setting or something that I can change to get rid of this annoyance?

    உங்கள் ஆதரவுக்கு எனது நன்றிகள்.

  21. pandian
    August 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    tamil fonds

  22. pandian
    August 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    please send to my mail on tamil key bord fonds

  23. ilamaran
    July 8, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    hi !

    i checked out the above comments,
    quillpad tool also does the same . you just have to type in ‘amma’ to get the output in tamil
    so its nice…. i feel comfortable with it that i dont have to download anything

    வாழ்க தமிழ் வளர்க தமிழ்

  24. July 8, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    >but the problem is with the keyboard layout , you have to search for keys and you have to get accustomed with it . that will take youur time

    There is a keyboad layout in SCIM called as “Phonetic”, you can type tamil with english keys in keyboard (e.g): To get அம்மா, you have to type “Ammaa”.

  25. tirupati
    July 8, 2007 at 10:35 am

    hi!!!

    it might be a nice idea going for tamil fonts.
    but the problem is with the keyboard layout , you have to search for keys and you have to get accustomed with it . that will take youur time

    instead i just went through the above comments, and i am using this quillpad thing, you need not know the keyboard layout, just have to know to speak tamil ,
    type in english and you will see it in tamil…. hope you would like it …. and solves your problem

  26. srinivasan.b
    July 3, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I need tamilfonds &key bord layout . Help me to freedownlode –website.com.—-thotavasu–thotavasu192@gmail.com

  27. srinivasan.b
    July 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I want to send email thrugh tamil but i dont know tamil fonts&key bordlayout.i need freesoftware. Where i can downlode the software? pl’s help me .–thotavasu—-thotabasu192@gmail.com

  28. sachin_rocks
    June 13, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    நன்றி கவிதா.
    உடல் மண்ணுக்கு உயிர் தமிழுக்கு

    this is actually improving now, with more and more words being added.
    i also saw a search facility , to search in native language in the quillpad site

  29. June 8, 2007 at 4:25 am

    It worked beautifully! மிக்க நன்றி!

  30. tintin
    May 29, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    actually that is a good one if u have to get it installed,

    but if you go out somewhere , u r not in touch with your own computer, and if u want to still type in tamil ,
    visit this site http://quillpad.in/tamil
    this is the one which i came across recently and i have been using it for sometime now,
    it is very user friendly too .

    keep going dude நீங்களும் தமிழில் எழுதலாம்

    all the best

  31. December 21, 2006 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Σίμος! Ubuntu already has built-in Tamil support, as you said like System/Administration/Language Support. So as you said no-need to install pseudo package as you said.

    But by default supports only tamil typewriter keyboard kind of input method. But many don’t know tamil typewriting. For those people SCIM based tamil input method is quite useful. Here people are talking about this scim based additional tamil input method. If we want we can make pseudo package like scim-tamil-support to enable the above functionality.

  32. December 19, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    The correct way should be to fix up Ubuntu so that when you select
    System/Administration/Language Support
    and you pick the Tamil language, you get automatically the packages installed.
    For this to work, you setup a pseudo-package that has as dependencies all those scim-* and ttf-* packages.

    In usability terms it is really bad to do these things manually.

  33. vasudevan
    December 4, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    sridhar,
    to see the tamil rendering in firefox right:
    install the adds on grease monkey.
    install a script from this link http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/1480

  34. November 16, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    If you are using Tamil from m17n, there is a version conflict. But it has been fixed in Ubuntu 6.10

    Thanks
    Omi

  35. November 15, 2006 at 10:21 am

    For easy Tamil writing, you can visit http://service.monusoft.com/TamilTypePad.htm As it is webbased, you can use in any OS. Moreover, for Tamil Plugin for WordPress you can visit our main Website http://www.monusoft.com. Here you can also get a software using which you can chat in Tamil on Yahoo messenger / google talk.

  36. October 17, 2006 at 9:58 am

    Hi Eswar,
    Have you installed scim-tables-additional? Tamil is available in this package. After installation, you may have to restart scim, so you can logout and login to see the tamil in table.

  37. eswar
    October 16, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the how to! I am using 5.10 breezy/ It does not have the tamil-phonetic in its tables! Any idea of getting it worked on it?!

    Thanks in advance!!

  38. October 16, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    To get scim work with firefox and openoffice, here is my posting to make scim as default input method: http://cutecomputer.wordpress.com/2006/04/28/ubuntu-dapper-drake-606-beta-on-my-laptop/

  39. sridhar sivaraman
    October 13, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply and this post. I could type tamil using scim in linux.
    But firefox and open office does not support the scim it seems due to which i could not type in tamil using phonetics in those applications.
    since i don’t know tamil typing i cannot use the unicode tamil keyboard given by ubuntu. also my firefox shows all tamil characters jumbled though i have set the environment variable for PANGO. hope you could help me on this too. thanks once again for your support since it is people like you who enable me to switch to linux from windows completly.

    Sridhar

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