How to Install Arabic Keyboard

asked 2014-07-20 15:46:56 +0300

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updated 2014-07-31 13:54:52 +0300

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These are the steps to get the Arabic keyboard for your Jolla :)

Part one First Download both Files. ar.xml.txt::

  1. Unzip fonts

  2. Change ar.xml.txt to ar.xml (you can do it via file browser app in your Jolla)

  3. Connect your Jolla Copy/Cut both files and Paste in Documents

  4. Turn your Developer mode on ( settings> system> Developer mode) to get terminal app Activate Remote Connection and Generate or create a password for rooting

Part two Open terminal Type

devel-su enter [your password] enter

cd /usr/share/fonts enter cp /home/nemo/Documents/fonts/* . enter (remember capital D for Documents and be sure you type fonts/star space Fullstop) fc-cache enter

Your done RESTART your Jolla.

Part Three Reopen terminal app Type

devel-su enter [your password] enter

cd /usr/share/maliit/plugins/com/jolla/layouts enter cp /home/nemo/Documents/ar.qml . enter


vi layouts coif enter (info appears) i enter (info moves down one row)

[ar.qml] enter name= Arabic enter languageCode=AR enter

Good Job ! Now Press ESC Press : Press W Press Q enter (screen will move to the bottom)

Type exit* enter*

systemctl --user restart maliit-server.service enter

exit enter

Your done !

Enjoy :)

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The layout link seems to be down.

I wrote my own layout which includes harakat.

However, there is one issue.

The shifted letters(captionShifted) are duplicates of caption. The latter is the result of my failed attempts to remove the shift button without hindering the layout; all the characters fitted in the main layout(caption), so I don't need the shift button. Plus, the shift button is automatically selected when one starts to type(It assumes the need of capital letters which Arabic does not have)

I am still investigating ways to remove the shift button or disabling it...this is not over!!


More screenshots at

mad_dev ( 2014-08-10 07:12:50 +0300 )edit

hi, could you please send me the fonts of your arabic layout to install it. a.ouatiki at gmail. how about if i want to change the font?? do I need to change the layout? I like the amiri-coran one

dingo ( 2015-01-28 22:46:21 +0300 )edit

@dingo Regarding the font, check your email. Changing the font does not require changing the layout, you could have several fonts using one layout.

mad_dev ( 2015-01-31 12:00:17 +0300 )edit

HI, After the last update I lost my Arabic keyboard. Do we have to write another ar.qml file?? If any one did it ... let us know :) thanks

dingo ( 2015-05-05 02:17:04 +0300 )edit

@dingo Try this it also has split capabilities.

mad_dev ( 2015-05-05 12:00:03 +0300 )edit