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OpenBangla Keyboard (OBK)

OpenBangla Keyboard is an OpenSource, Unicode compliant Bengali Input Method for GNU/Linux systems. It’s a full fledged Bengali input method with typing automation tools, includes many famous typing methods such as Avro Phonetic, Probhat, Munir Optima, National (Jatiya) etc.

Most of the features of Avro Keyboard are present in OpenBangla Keyboard. So Avro Keyboard users will feel at home with OpenBangla Keyboard in Linux.

OpenBangla Keyboard is the default Bangla writing software for MagpieOS, a Bangladeshi Linux distribution.

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  • Features Avro Keyboard like Top Bar for easy configuration.

  • Phonetic Keyboard Layout (Avro Phonetic)

    • 100% compatibility with the current Avro Phonetic scheme.

    • Dictionary support can predict and suggest phonetically similar words with correct spelling on the fly.

    • Autocorrect support brings commonly used English words to Bangla (like, Facebook, download etc.) even with their original English spelling.

    • User can add and edit Autocorrect entries.

    • Support for preview window to see originally typed text right under the cursor.

  • Fixed Keyboard Layout

    • OpenBangla Keyboard comes with Probhat, Munir Optima, Avro Easy, Bornona, National (Jatiya) keyboard layout out of the box.

    • OpenBangla Keyboard supports Avro Keyboard Layout file (version 5).

  • Typing Automation tools for Fixed Keyboard layout

    • Automatic Vowel Forming.

    • Old Style “Reph”.

    • Traditional Kar Joining.

    • Automatic fixing of "Chandrabindu" position.

  • Layout Viewer


If you had installed OpenBangla Keyboard 1.2.0 or earlier version, please uninstall it first. Make sure you have a working internet connection. Your package manager might need to download dependencies when installing.

Open your terminal and run this command on your bash shell. NB : It has to be BASH, otherwise it won’t work.

bash -c "$(wget -q -O -)"

If this does not workout for you please create an Issue. While we look into the problem you can check the Wiki for Distrowise/Distro-specific Install Instructions. After you have installed OpenBangla Keyboard, you will need to configure your desktop environment.

Compiling on GNU/Linux

OpenBangla Keyboard currently needs following libraries and binaries

  • GNU GCC, G++ compiler or Clang

  • Rust 1.32.0 or later

  • GNU Make or Ninja

  • CMake

  • Qt 5.5 or later

  • iBus development library

On a Ubuntu/Debian system you can easily install them like this

sudo apt-get install build-essential rustc cargo cmake libibus-1.0-dev qt5-default

On a Fedora system you can easily install them like this

sudo dnf install @buildsys-build rust cargo cmake qt5-qtdeclarative-devel ibus-devel

On a Arch Linux / Arch Based system you can easily install them like this

sudo pacman -Sy base-devel rust cmake qt5-base libibus

After you have installed required libraries and binaries. Clone this repository git clone --recursive and change the directory to the cloned folder and issue the commands:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake ..
sudo make install

Use iBus UI or run ibus-setup to add OpenBangla Keyboard. To get help on configuring OpenBangla Keyboard, visit Configure on Gnome DE or Configure on Unity DE.


  • Mehdi Hasan Khan for originally developing and maintaining Avro Keyboard,

  • Rifat Nabi for porting Avro Phonetic to Javascript,

  • Sarim Khan for writing ibus-avro,

  • QSimpleUpdater for providing update mechanism.


Licensed under GPL 3 Licence.

Made with ❤️ by Muhammad Mominul Huque and contributors !

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