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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-0.6.27-1.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
File okboard-full-0.6.35-1.armv7hl.rpm10.5 MB18/09/2022 - 14:33
File okboard-full-0.6.35-1.aarch64.rpm10.51 MB18/09/2022 - 14:33
File okboard-full-0.6.37-1.aarch64.rpm10.51 MB05/02/2023 - 14:36
File okboard-full-0.6.37-1.armv7hl.rpm10.5 MB05/02/2023 - 14:36

0.6.37 : Support for SFOS 4.5

0.6.35 : Disable Sailjail to allow admin app to start on SFOS 4.4

0.6.34: Fix for "Installation not complete" error

0.6.27: Support for SFOS 4.1


eber42's picture

And if there is not recent log, just run the following command and send me the output:

killall maliit-server ; maliit-server


rinigus's picture

I stumbled on the same problem - with OKboard 0.6 enabled, the keyboard did not appear. The logs were empty as well. So, I followed your advice and got maliit-server crash on the terminal while enabling OKboard:

killall maliit-server; maliit-server
WARNING: Defaulting to webview scaling factor of 1.0
WARNING: file:///usr/lib/maliit/plugins/okboard_sfos1.qml:117:5: QML DBusAdaptor: Faile
d to register object/com/jolla/keyboard
WARNING: file:///usr/lib/maliit/plugins/okboard_sfos2.qml:117:5: QML DBusAdaptor: Faile
d to register object/com/jolla/keyboard
WARNING: bool MIMPluginManagerPrivate::loadPlugin(const QDir&, const QString&) Error lo
ading plugin from "/usr/lib/maliit/plugins/set_symlink.sh" "'/usr/lib/maliit/plugins/se
t_symlink.sh' is not an ELF object"

After uninstalling OKboard and installing it again, all worked fine.

Thank you for working on it!

247's picture

for italian language, the keyboard hang up everytime you press a single letter...and suggestion always gives error...maybe the italian dictionary has to be updated too?

spidernik84's picture

Most definitely due to the version discrepancy. I will do my best to update the dictionary today. No guarantees :)

spidernik84's picture

I just saw eber42 remarks on waiting for a few days before redoing the dictionaries. I will prepare the necessary for the compilation, meanwhile.

ahmadhsalim's picture

Is it possible to compile this to ubuntu touch???

eber42's picture

It should be possible as Ubuntu touch also uses QML & maliit.

Mariusmssj's picture

Love this app but the only two quibles are the transparancy in some apps being way too hight so it's hard to see the keys and no auto space in android applications.

Are there any plans for updats that fix those issues?

Thank you :)

eber42's picture

Transparency issue is fixed.

I do not know how to improve the auto spacing (may require modifications in android support and/or maliit server)

Mariusmssj's picture

LOVE the update, thank you so much!!! Really appreciate all of your hard work

bambusmatte's picture

When I try to install the 0.5.10 .rpm file I get an Error: Missing dependencies: libpython3.4m.so.1.0 and pyotherside-qml-plugin-python3-qt5 >= 1.2.0

I use linux on my laptop, but I have no experience on sailfish... how do I add those? Or am I missing a step here?


edit: i use sailfish

spidernik84's picture

I've been testing the keyboard with the English and the Italian language. It works very well.
I'd say the transparency issue and the no-autospace in Android apps are the only two bummers, so far. I have hope.

247's picture

works very well but unfortunately i have transparency problems too...any fix?

fifr's picture

Unfortunately, okboard crashes sometimes for me and I have to turn it off. See the journal output below. Is there something I can do to figure out what's going on?

And thanks a lot for this outstanding package, keep up the good work.

Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla invoker[25312]: Thread starting ...
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla invoker[25312]: loading tree: /home/nemo/.local/share/okboard/de.tre ...
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: misc memnotify: 0xec5bf1c0 - threshold updated to 0x1
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla invoker[25312]: WARNING: requestActivate() called for  QQuickView(0xf0df18)  which has Qt::WindowDoesNotAcceptFocus set.
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: CurveThread: unhandled page fault (11) at 0x5869c580, code 0x005
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: pgd = ec98c000
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: SLIM_CL: skip reconfig sequence
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: [5869c580] *pgd=00000000
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: Pid: 26664, comm:          CurveThread
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: CPU: 1    Tainted: P        W  O  ( #1)
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: PC is at 0x47ce2d58
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: LR is at 0x47ce2d79
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: pc : [<47ce2d58>]    lr : [<47ce2d79>]    psr: 400f0030
                              sp : 58453630  ip : 47d0a480  fp : 58454390
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: r10: 584545c4  r9 : 00000000  r8 : be994a08
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: r7 : 58453630  r6 : 47d09388  r5 : 00fcb4b0  r4 : 47d09388
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: r3 : 5869c580  r2 : 584ed008  r1 : 001af578  r0 : 584536b8
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: Flags: nZcv  IRQs on  FIQs on  Mode USER_32  ISA Thumb  Segment user
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: Control: 10c5787d  Table: acb8c06a  DAC: 00000015
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: [<c010b71c>] (unwind_backtrace+0x0/0x118) from [<c010f654>] (__do_user_fault+0x6c/0xb4)
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: [<c010f654>] (__do_user_fault+0x6c/0xb4) from [<c08a2924>] (do_page_fault+0x358/0x3e8)
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: [<c08a2924>] (do_page_fault+0x358/0x3e8) from [<c01002f8>] (do_DataAbort+0x134/0x1a8)
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: [<c01002f8>] (do_DataAbort+0x134/0x1a8) from [<c08a1194>] (__dabt_usr+0x34/0x40)
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: Exception stack(0xc2f09fb0 to 0xc2f09ff8)
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: 9fa0:                                     584536b8 001af578 584ed008 5869c580
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: 9fc0: 47d09388 00fcb4b0 47d09388 58453630 be994a08 00000000 584545c4 58454390
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: 9fe0: 47d0a480 58453630 47ce2d79 47ce2d58 400f0030 ffffffff
Feb 01 09:47:28 Jolla kernel: CurveThread(25268) send signal 11 to CurveThread(25268)

johnnydvc's picture

Mine seems to be crashing when I first launch okboard after reboot.
But I'm not entirely sure. I do have the german dict files installed.
How do I access the error logs like you did?
Also how can one file any kind of bugreport on the project's git site?
Thanks fot the keyboard

dyraig's picture

Great app, very promising - thank you very much! Unfortunately, I have to disable it frequently - whenever I'm using it on a light background (e.g. web site with white background), the letters are not readable at all due to the transparency. Maybe you could add a configuration switch to disable transparency? That would be great!

gsalone's picture

i also have the same issue with transparency and light background . any eay to fix this ? many thanks!

johnnydvc's picture

Any news on the tranparency bug?

spidernik84's picture

This is amazing. Thank you so much for your work, it's greatly improving the typing experience on Sailfish.

Is anyone out there working on the Italian language? Else I could have a look, time permitting.

mlwn's picture

Auto spacing works great with native apps now.... But not with alien dalvic....

I appreciate all the efforts...
keep up the good work...

247's picture

unfortunately is not working for me...tryied with 1.7 and 2 with okboard 5.8 and 5.10 with no luck at all...

naytsyrhc's picture

Well done. Works really great. Unfortunately not for German layout yet. Is anybody already working on it?

jonquark's picture

Awesome. Works well on my phone. Has anyone tried it on the tablet?

rob_k's picture

In addition to my TMO comment: I feel so fortunate Dutch is supported! Thanks eber42, I am waiting too for you to publish your PayPal donation link.

Ingvix's picture

Doesn't work for me, it seems. Conflict with TOHKBD maybe?

Manankanchu's picture

Long awaited - works like a charm - congrats !!!

Jordi's picture

BRILLIANT! This fills a big gap in Sailfish.

And I can keep the Dolphin keyboard for emojis.

Very small remark: in French, there is a space before "?" Could this be done?

Are donations possible?

Feathers_McGraw's picture

This is AMAZING!

Please add a paypal donation link or something so I can buy you a few beers!

mgrover's picture

for some reason im browser the keyboard is very transparant

matimilko's picture