HOWTO get Korean input on Ubuntu

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

To install Korean, first we're going to add it to the Language Support, then add it in the Settings, then make one last tweak for Hangul input to be flawless.

Ubuntu 21.04

Non-Terminal Method

  1. From Settings, select "Language and Region"
  2. Click "Manage Installed Languages"
  3. Click "Install/Remove Languages"
  4. Add Korean
  5. Reboot your computer
  6. Open Settings -> Language and Region again
  7. Click the + sign
  8. Add Korean (Hangul)
  9. Click the Gear icon beside Korean "(Hangul)", and enable "Start in Hangul mode"

Type in Korean! Open an app that supports Korean fonts (i.e. a web browser) and hit Super + Space to swap between input languages.

Super is the Windows key on most keyboards


Kubuntu 21.04

Terminal Method

  1. Run sudo apt install fcitx-hangul
  2. Reboot your computer
  3. Open Fcitx Configuration in the Launcher
  4. Click the plus sign at the bottom left
  5. Deselect "Only Show Current Language"
  6. Find and add "Hangul"

Type in Korean! Open an app that supports Korean fonts (i.e. a web browser) and hit Ctrl + Space to swap between input languages.