10 Best Free and Open Source Linux Typing Tutors

Being able to touch type is the ability of typing without looking at the keyboard. When touch-typing, the individual uses all fingers instead of just a few fingers. Consequently, typing speed increases dramatically.

It’s not only transcriptionists and secretaries that benefit from being able to type without looking at the keyboard. By concentrating on their thoughts and creative processes rather than the keyboard, all users will focus more on the content of the text, thereby increasing its quality. Moreover, touch-typing is less tiring, and less demanding on the brain. It also reduces the risk of Repetitive strain injury and Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Typing tutor software teaches fast and accurate typing through a system of informative lessons and progress tracking. We think it is important that learning should be fun, so we have included some typing games in this feature.

To provide an insight into the quality of software available, we have compiled a list of 10 useful typing tutors. Hopefully there will be something of interest for anyone looking to improve their typing skills. Here’s our verdict on the software.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source typing tutors

Explore the 10 typing tutors at hand. The table below has links to each program detailing their features with screenshots.

Typing Tutors
TIPP10 10-finger intelligent touch typing tutor with different keyboard layouts
KlavaroVery flexible and efficient touch typing tutor
KTouchTouch typing tutor for KDE
amphetypeAdvanced typing practice software
GNU TypistSimple ncurses touch typing tutor
thokrSleek typing TUI with visualized results and historical logging
ttTerminal based typing test
Tux TypingEducational typing tutor game starring Tux
ttyperSupports languages including English, German, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Spanish
toipeTrusty terminal typing tester
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5 years ago

Thanks for this list! I looked through the descriptions of the 5 programs, installed them and settled for GNU Typist. I am not sure I would have found this gem without you.

3 years ago
Reply to  Knut

Yep. Same choice here =)

4 years ago

thanks sir but what you recommend for students

3 years ago

I would like to share that apparently TIPP10 is only for 32-bit and is missing a dependancy

2 years ago

I found Ktouch the most useful, but also some use in Klavaro. GNU typist (gtypist) did not work well on my system Kubuntu 20.04. Thanks for these pointers!