HOWTO get Korean input on Manjaro

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If you're using Manjaro and want to install a Korean keyboard, this guide is for you.

Installing Korean is tricky. First we're going to set up the system locale and install software, then we'll enable a keyboard switcher.

Manjaro 2021 - KDE Edition

Terminal Method

  1. Update your computer:
    sudo pacman -Syyu
  2. Install fcitx and the Korean fonts:
    sudo pacman -S adobe-source-han-sans-kr-fonts fcitx-hangul kcm-fcitx
  3. Add Korean to your system locale:
    sudo bash -c "echo ko_KR.UTF-8 UTF-8 >> /etc/locale.gen"
  4. Restart your computer

Continue from the "In either case" section below.

Non-Terminal Method

If you don't like using the terminal, here's a video showing how to enable everything without using it.

  1. Open System Settings, and select Locale
  2. Click Add, and select 한국어, pick a territory, and hit Add again
  3. Update your computer
  4. Open the Software installer app, and install the following three packages:
  1. adobe-source-han-sans-kr-fonts
  2. fcitx-hangul
  3. kcm-fcitx
  1. Restart your computer

Continue from the "In either case" section below.

In either case

After rebooting your computer, do the following:

  1. Right click fcitx in your system tray (bottom right), select Configure
  2. Deselect "Only show current language" (bottom left of fcitx configure window)
  3. Search for hangul in the languages, select it, and click the > icon to send it to "Current Input Method"
  4. Hit OK

To type in Korean, open an app that supports Korean fonts (i.e. a web browser) and hit CTRL + Space to swap between input languages.