Virtual Keyboard

10 Best Free and Open Source Virtual Keyboards

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There are several different kinds of keyboards for PCs. The most common type is a physical, external keyboard that plugs into your PC. But you can use a virtual keyboard with Linux instead of a physical keyboard.

There’s no need for a touchscreen monitor. The software displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys, so you can use a mouse or another pointing device to select keys, or use a physical single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.

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Let’s explore the 10 on-screen keyboard tools. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.

Virtual Keyboards
FlorenceExtensible scalable virtual keyboard
OnboardOnscreen keyboard useful for tablet PC users and for mobility impaired users
MaliitVirtual keyboard implemented as a plug-in for Maliit Framework
xvkbdVirtual (graphical) keyboard program
squeekboardKeyboard-shaped input method supporting Wayland
GOKGNOME On Screen Keyboard
CoreKeyboardSimple virtual keyboard with word suggestions
qtvkbdFork of kvkbd with all KDE4 dependencies replaced with Qt components
QVKbdVirtual keyboard written in C++ and QML
eekboardEasy to use virtual keyboard toolkit

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alex scandler
alex scandler
2 years ago

wow , helpfull post , thank you .

Zach DeCook
Zach DeCook
2 years ago

You missed wvkbd, the other wayland virtual keyboard (which can be used for swipe-typing).

28 days ago

Onboard does not work under linux. Segfault.