How to enable virtual keyboard included in KDE?


Using Debian testing, I can not find how to enable virtual keyboard.
I installed package qtvirtualkeyboard-plugin and it works with SDDM, but not within KDE.

When I go to KDE preferences, there is something strange:

  • If running with Wayland, there is a “Input Devices → Virtual Keyboard” section, but “None” is the only choice.
  • If running with X11, there is no “Virtual Keyboard” section inside “Input Devices”.

Do I need to install a specific package? Or should I configure something?


This is non-ideal right now so I’ll try to help. You need two things:

  1. Install maliit-keyboard
  2. Use the Wayland session

In this configuration, the virtual keyboard will appear automatically when you focus a tech field using a touch action.

I’m working on improving this so that the virtual keyboard can be manually opened on X11, or on Wayland without a touchscreen. See applets/manage-inputmethod: make it all about the virtual keyboard (!2780) · Merge requests · Plasma / Plasma Workspace · GitLab.


Thanks for the clarification! I will wait patiently, for now there are other virtual keyboard on X11 that suit my needs.

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