Introduction to IBus

IBus is an Intelligent Input Bus. It is a new input framework for Linux OS. It provides a full featured and user friendly input method user interface.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.10 platform.

Package Information

IBus Dependencies


DConf-0.26.0 and ISO Codes-3.69



D-Bus Python-1.2.4 and PyGObject-3.20.1 (both to build the Python support library), GTK-Doc-1.25, Python-3.5.2, PyXDG-0.25 (for the ibus-setup), and libxkbcommon-0.6.1, Wayland-1.11.0 (both to build the Wayland support programs), and EmojiOne

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/ibus

Installation of IBus

Install IBus by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr             \
            --sysconfdir=/etc         \
            --disable-emoji-dict      &&

To test the results, issue: make -k check. Some tests may fail for unknown reasons.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-emoji-dict: This switch disables the use of emoticon dictionaries. Omit if you installed the optional EmojiOne package.

--disable-gtk2: This switch disables building the GTK+ 2 immodule. Use it if you have not installed GTK+ 2.

--enable-python-library: This switch enables building the Python support library. Use it if have installed the optional dependencies.

--enable-wayland: This switch enables building the Wayland support programs. Use it if you have installed the optional dependencies.

--with-python=python3: This switch makes the configure script look for Python 3. Use it if you want to build the Python 3 support library alongside the Python 2 one.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: ibus, ibus-daemon, and ibus-setup
Installed Library: libibus-1.0.so and im-ibus.so (GTK+ Immodule)
Installed Directories: /etc/dconf/db/ibus.d, /usr/include/ibus-1.0, /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ibus, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/ibus, and /usr/share/ibus

Short Descriptions


is the Intelligent Input Bus Daemon.


is the GTK+ program used to configure the ibus-daemon.


contains the IBus API functions.

Last updated on 2016-08-29 23:02:26 -0700