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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)




ferlanero's picture

Absolute thumbs up!! Great work! Thank you very much for your great work providing a high quality swipe-like keyboard for SailfishOS 3

ferlanero's picture

Since Sailfish version 3 the change of the active language has become unable. The only way you can change keyboard language is disabling Okboard, going into Configuration -> Text Input -> Change active keyboard and then enable Okboard again. Too many steps to this action. An update of this behaivour would be welcome. Thanks!

eber42's picture

A new version will be out soon with proper support for SFOS 3 and some bug fixes (hopefully including the widely reported sound issue). Stay tuned.

Edit: obviously, the new gesture to switch language will be disabled, because it conflicts with word swiping

Breeze's picture

And cant change language with the space bar.

marxistavegana's picture

With Sailfish3 new feature to swipe to change keyboard layout, need to work out a way to keep that feature with OKboard on.

skyjumper's picture

Hi, thanks for the update. I have the latest SFOS installed. When using, the keyboard inserts fullstops after words and adding a hyphen at end of words without my doing anything which is rather annoying...

Olsen's picture

I really love OKBoard. But since SFOS it generates loud clicking sounds while typing / swiping, even when the phone is muted (ringer and media). This problem has been reported before. Same behavior on Jolla 1 (loud) and Xperia X (very loud). No change with SFOS Removing and reinstalling OKBoard doesn't help.

I'd be very happy if this issue could be fixed since OKBoard is unusable for me at the moment.

PawelSpoon's picture

In my case it inserts spaces see here. All spaces are there

PawelSpoon's picture

Thanks for the fix ! Any chance to get rid if the info message? Clicking does not help on my phone. I mean it goes away, but the next.time irs back update: i had german and austrian language.pack installed. That caused the messge issue

ade's picture

from th release notes of 2.2.1 Nurmonjoki:

  • [nemo-qml-plugin-dbus] Remove deprecated 1.0 import.

As you are using version 1.0, it no longer works in 2.2.1 and blocks the keyboard with okboard installed. Using the import of 2.0 solves the issue.

eber42's picture

Thanks for the report. Change is already committed. I will release a new package this evening after testing on real devices.

Edit: it's up now, please report any issue.

teleshoes's picture

i would like to request a feature: an option to never insert spaces, and another option to never auto-capitalize a word. i was trying to clone the repos to see if i could add this without too much trouble myself, but repo is down apparently (Cannot obtain needed blob 6a313971a767e841a1f3ea7eb68f4f3be3bff42e)

eber42's picture

It seems there was some temporary issue with the repository. At the moment git clone works'

smatkovi's picture

how do you get publisher role here? i applied for it a few weeks ago, but the role isn't approved since then...

breiti_oi's picture

Is there a way to force the use of spacebar in android apps? In native apps everything is okay, but on whatsapp or telegram I have to set the spaces between the words by myself, which slow the input down.

eber42's picture

Unfortunately, SFOS keyboard framewok (maliit) does not give me access to the context (content of the textbox & cursor position) when using android apps, so I do not known when to insert a space. I have no idea how to solve this issue at the moment. I will probably ask on TJC or SFOS dev ML.

gotchman's picture

I am new at Okkeyboard.

Is there anybody to teach me how to check its working on iOS or Mac...?


eber42's picture

Sorry only Sailfish OS is supported at the moment. But you have a lot of better alternatives on iOS anyway.

smatkovi's picture

I'm trying right now with 100 000  words, but it is  working for hours  with 4Gb  ram.  I'm curious to hear about your experiences here

eber42's picture

Oops I've been a bit slow on this one. But there is an interesting discussion & answers at the end of this TMO thread

smatkovi's picture

how many words  should the input dictionary have?  and has anyone  of you tried doing this for Hungarian?

spheniscus's picture

I confirm rob_k's post. Using a "classic" Jolla Phone JP1. Loud sounds when typing text. Disabled OKboard --> silence. Enabled OKboard --> noisy. Appeared after updating to Sailfish OS v2.2.0.29.


eber42's picture

Thanks to you & Rob for your feedback. I will look at this issue when I get some time. At the moment I can't reproduce this behaviour with Jolla phone & Xperia. Can other people confirm if they experience the same issue (or not) ?

Problem may be caused by the "hackish" way to integrate with original jolla keyboard that is very sensitive to changes.

erikderzweite's picture

Confirming the issue on Sailfish X with Nurmonjoki. Did not found a way to  turn off the sounds yet.

rob_k's picture

Clicking sounds in SailfishX.

Dear eber42, since a few months I got hooked on your wonderful OKboard again. Unfortunately, today's update to Mouhijoki resulted in loud clicking sounds when using the keyboard. Different sounds come out for normal keys, space bar and OKboard swipes. The sounds are too loud to ignore, so I had to turn OKboard off for now. Changing the Settings for Sounds and Feedback does not help.

Hoping for a solution. Thank you,


skyjumper's picture

Does the app crash for other ppl randomly? I will go to a text entry screen and will be back at the regular individual key instead of swipe. I have to restart the app.

djamigo2001's picture

Thanks eber42.

skyjumper's picture

Thanks for the 0.6.15 upgrade as I too was wondering why the keyboard wasn't coming up. I cna't live without swype now!

HackTheFish's picture

Wonderful, it works!!! Thank you so much! Donation possible?

djamigo2001's picture

Many thanks, this is a great addon for SailfishOS.

Does it transmit logs / data to any server ? I ask because many of the other os swipe keyboards do this.