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im-select

Switch your input method from terminal. This project is a basic support for VSCodeVim. It provides the command line program for VSCodeVim's autoSwitchIM function

Installation

macOS

Homebrew

Run following command in your terminal:

brew tap daipeihust/tap && brew install im-select

Then you can run following command to find your im-select path:

which im-select

Normaly the result is /usr/local/bin/im-select.

Now, you can use im-select to print your current input method.

Use script

Run following command in your terminal:

curl -Ls https://raw.githubusercontent.com/daipeihust/im-select/master/install_mac.sh | sh

The im-select program will be downloaded to your /usr/local/bin/ path.

M1 Mac support

Click here to download specific im-select program

windows

Manual download

Download the im-select.exe, and move it to the proper path.(If you need the 64 bit version, you can download this one.)

Use Scoop package manager:

scoop bucket add im-select https://github.com/daipeihust/im-select
scoop install im-select

linux

You don't have to install this for linux. linux have tools to switch input methods

Usage

macOS

If your PATH contains /usr/local/bin, you can just use im-select instead of /usr/local/bin/im-select

To get current input method key

/usr/local/bin/im-select

To switch current input method

/usr/local/bin/im-select imkey

For example /usr/local/bin/im-select com.apple.keylayout.US

linux

ibus

@mengbo provided this configuration for ibus

"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.enable": true,
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.defaultIM": "xkb:us::eng",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.obtainIMCmd": "/usr/bin/ibus engine",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.switchIMCmd": "/usr/bin/ibus engine {im}"

xkb-switch

@VEL4EG provided this configuration for xkb-switch

"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.enable": true,
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.defaultIM": "us",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.obtainIMCmd": "/usr/local/bin/xkb-switch",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.switchIMCmd": "/usr/local/bin/xkb-switch -s {im}"

fcitx

@yunhao94 provided this configuration for fcitx

"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.enable": true,
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.defaultIM": "1",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.obtainIMCmd": "/usr/bin/fcitx-remote",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.switchIMCmd": "/usr/bin/fcitx-remote -t {im}",

fcitx5

@cherrot provided this configuration for fcitx5, ugly but working (Suppose you want to switch between keyboard-us and pinyin.)

"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.enable": true,
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.defaultIM": "keyboard-us",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.obtainIMCmd": "[[ `/usr/bin/fcitx5-remote` == 2 ]] && echo pinyin || echo keyboard-us",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.switchIMCmd": "/usr/bin/fcitx5-remote -s {im}",

gdbus

@d-r-q

Put gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.Shell --object-path /org/gnome/Shell --method org.gnome.Shell.Eval "imports.ui.status.keyboard.getInputSourceManager().currentSource.index" | awk -F'[^0-9]*' '{print $2}' into get-im.sh.

Put gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.Shell --object-path /org/gnome/Shell --method org.gnome.Shell.Eval "imports.ui.status.keyboard.getInputSourceManager().inputSources[$1].activate()" into set-im.sh.

"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.enable": true,
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.defaultIM": "0",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.obtainIMCmd": "<path to get-im.sh>",
"vim.autoSwitchInputMethod.switchIMCmd": "<path to set-im.sh> {im}",

windows

The im-select.exe is command line program, but it can't work in cmd or powershell. It's microsoft's fault, the keyboard API doesn't support in cmd and powershell. I recommend you git-bash.

Note: The git-bash is not required. It's only used to get current input method key, which needed in VSCodeVim's configuration.

To get current keyboard locale

/path/to/im-select.exe

To switch current keyboard locale

/path/to/im-select.exe locale

Note: The path in windows is like: C:\Users\path\to\file

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