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OKBoard (a.k.a. Magic Keyboard) is a gesture based keyboard that allow single stroke typing. Usage is explained in this video. English, French and Dutch are supported without the need for additional packages, other language resources are available in separate packages, e.g. for Swedish (okb-lang-sv). It currently works on Jolla phone, Xperia X / XA2 / 10 / 10 plus. Larger phones (such as XA2 plus/ultra & Fxtec Pro1) may be supported in a later release.

Do not use other third party keyboards at the same time (unless they are just simple layouts for new languages).

Source code: http://git.tuxfamily.org/okboard/okb-engine.git/ and http://git.tuxfamily.org/okboard/okb-keyboard.git/. Instructions for adding new languages are included in README.md files (latin alphabet only at the moment).

If you get an error message about missing dependencies (dbus-python, patch ...) when installing, just run "pkcon refresh" as root and try again. Also some issues may be solved by uninstalling and reinstalling.

OKBoard tends to break for each new Sailfish release, so if possible, wait for other users reports before upgrading to a new OS version.



Application versions: 
File okboard-full-0.6.25-1.armv7hl.rpm10.5 MB20/10/2020 - 09:05
File okboard-full-0.6.26-1.armv7hl.rpm10.5 MB09/02/2021 - 05:00
File okboard-full-0.6.27-1.armv7hl.rpm10.5 MB13/05/2021 - 13:47
File okboard-full-0.6.34-1.aarch64.rpm10.51 MB29/09/2021 - 20:00
File okboard-full-0.6.34-1.armv7hl.rpm10.5 MB29/09/2021 - 20:00

0.6.34: Fix for "Installation not complete" error

0.6.33: Support for SFOS 4.2 & aarch64 (version pulled out)

0.6.27: Support for SFOS 4.1 still some issues with Android support, stay with SFOS 4.0 if it bothers you

0.6.26: Support for SFOS 4

0.6.25: Support for SFOS 3.4.0 (second try)




murfik's picture

how to add russian lang?

eber42's picture

Only languages with latin alphabet are supported at the moment. There are a lot of changes required to support other alphabets so it will probably not be implemented soon

rob_k's picture

For other languages like Finnish: there are instructions available, how to compile language files.

rob_k's picture

It is so great to have OKboard working again, thanks! The only thing is that the suggested words have changed. No longer words that may have been meant, based on the spelling variations of the swipe. Now it seems to predict the next word.

eber42's picture

Oops, that is really a bug, I'll try to fix this soon

Sanpo's picture

Add Finnish support please ;)

Historyscholar's picture

Can you support Chinese :)    

eber42's picture

Really no, that would be a completely different product (... and I know nothing about Chinese)

akikk88's picture

Finnish support plz ☺

nerip's picture

Thanks but it still buggy on XA2 Plus...It works and stop working....

eber42's picture

As already stated, large devices over 5" like XA2 Plus are not yet supported. I'll add support in a future release.

nerip's picture


PawelSpoon's picture

Hooray !!

ferlanero's picture

Best keyboard ever has returned!! Thank you very much!! :D

skyjumper's picture

Perhaps I am missing something, but I can't seem to find the 0.6.17 source in the Git tree? Is it available? Wanting to play and build my own test version whilst waiting for an official build from you :-)

eber42's picture

May have lost the tag :) (there was no change in engine part for this version anyway). All is now up to date for version 0.6.18.

meegouser's picture

OKBoard doesn't seem to work with the new Sailfish anymore:


eber42's picture

I am currently abroad and have not access to development devices, so next release is probably one or two weeks away. And I did not anticipate Jolla would put this version out of EA so soon after breaking so many things :-)

ferlanero's picture

Will we see an Okboard update any time soon? I really miss it in Sailfish :'(

eber42's picture

New version with support for SFOS 3.0.2 is out

meegouser's picture

Thanks for your work, once again!

meegouser's picture


I was surprised too that was released for all without improvements, but at least for me OKBoard not working is the only "regression" I can see so far. ;-)

nerip's picture

Nice app, but doesn't work properly when i start swiping fron the edge, it is overidden by the system swipe to come back to home or event view. Could you do anything?

eber42's picture

I do not know how to prevent edge swipe, and i am not sure it would be a good idea to prevent a system wide gesture from working, as it would break user interface consistency. An easy workaround is to start your swiipes a bit farther from screen edges, it is really quick and easy to learn. The keyboard will adapt to this behavior so that accuracy is not reduced.

Sailfishman's picture

Doesn't work on xperia xa2 plus -> 6''

eber42's picture

I have added this to the project backlog. It will take some time as supporting new sizes / aspect ratios require access to real devices to understand how sfos user interface scales, to generate test cases and for real user testing.

cartron's picture

Very nice app, finally a swipe like keyboard for sailfish! Works perfectly on my Xperia X, both in English and French

rob_k's picture

Wonderful, you made my day! Really happy that it is silent again. Thanks!

murfik's picture

possible add russian?

247's picture

The keyboard is working very well but unfortunately is not working well on webviews like sailbook, preventing me from using regularly... Anyway it's surely one of the best keyboards out there