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Original author(s)  Nokia
Development status  Active

Developer(s)  Jan Arne Petersen and contributors
Initial release  June 30, 2010; 6 years ago (2010-06-30)
Stable release  0.81.4 / February 1, 2013; 4 years ago (2013-02-01)
Preview release  0.99.1 / November 14, 2015; 15 months ago (2015-11-14)

Maliit an input method framework for computers with particular focus on implementing virtual keyboards.


Designed mostly for touchscreen devices, Maliit allows the inputting of text without the presence of a physical keyboard. More advanced features such as word correction and prediction are also available.

Originating as part of MeeGo, Maliit is free software licensed under LGPL. Maliit was deployed as a standard component of Nokia N9, KDE Plasma Active, LuneOS, OLPC devices, and Ubuntu Touch.


Maliit was originally developed as part of MeeGo by Nokia who eventually shipped it as part of MeeGo Handset “Day 1” software platform.

After the MeeGo project ended, Maliit was transferred into an independent project by free software consulting firm Openismus. The first formally independent release was 0.80.0 on 000000002011-06-20-0000June 20, 2011.

Maliit 0.99, released on 000000002013-03-27-0000March 27, 2013, switched from Qt 4 to Qt 5.


Among Maliit’s features are a plugin-based architecture, word correction and prediction, multitouch, and context sensitive layouts.

When running on Linux kernel, handling of the input hardware relies on evdev. Maliit has been adopted by X11 as well as by Wayland.


Maliit Wikipedia