Maliit provides a flexible and cross-platform input method framework for mobile and embedded text input, including a virtual keyboard. It has a plugin-based client-server architecture where applications act as clients and communicate with the Maliit server via input context plugins.

Maliit Keyboard on a pine64 PinePhone Pro with Plasma Mobile

Maliit is an open source framework (LGPL 2) with open source plugins (BSD). There are also proprietary plugins. It runs on most GNU/Linux distributions.

Maliit's OpenHub page shows our development history.


Input method framework

This includes support for traditional input methods such as hardware and virtual keyboards. More exotic input methods should also be possible, such as handwriting recognition and voice input, and special purpose input methods such as date/time pickers, tag clouds, etc.

Core input methods

The default set of input methods should demonstrate the core capabilities of the framework and provide a good user experience that device manufacturers and integrators can use easily.

Third-party developers

It should be easy to customize existing input methods or develop powerful new input methods, whether for profit, research or fun.


We welcome and encourage employees from different companies, freelancers, members of academia, hackers and volunteers.

Collaboration hub

Become a central collaboration hub for everything regarding mobile text input.


Maliit 2.3.0 Release

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Maliit 2.2.1 Release

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Maliit 2.2.0 Release

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Maliit 2.1.0 Release

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