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Maliit’s virtual keyboard running on the Nokia N9
Maliit’s virtual keyboard running on the Nokia N9
Original author(s) Nokia
Developer(s) Jan Arne Petersen and contributors[1]
Initial release June 30, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-06-30)[2]
Stable release
0.81.4 / February 1, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-02-01)[3]
Preview release
0.99.1 / November 14, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-11-14)[4]
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like, Windows[5]
Platform Qt
Available in Multilingual
Type Input method
License GNU LGPL (framework)
BSD license (plugins)[6]

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,[7] Maliit is free software licensed under LGPL. Maliit was deployed as a standard component of Nokia N9,[8] KDE Plasma Active,[9] LuneOS,[10] OLPC devices,[8] and Ubuntu Touch.[8][11][12]


Maliit was originally developed as part of MeeGo by Nokia who eventually shipped it as part of MeeGo Handset “Day 1” software platform.[2]

After the MeeGo project ended, Maliit was transferred into an independent project by free software consulting firm Openismus.[13] The first formally independent release was 0.80.0 on June 20, 2011.[14]

Maliit 0.99, released on March 27, 2013, switched from Qt 4 to Qt 5.[8]


Among Maliit’s features are a plugin-based architecture, word correction and prediction, multitouch, and context sensitive layouts.[15]

When running on Linux kernel, handling of the input hardware relies on evdev. Maliit has been adopted by X11 as well as by Wayland.[8]

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  1. ^ "Contributors to maliit/framework". GitHub. 
  2. ^ a b "Handset Project Day 1 is Here". MeeGo. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "[Maliit-announce] Maliit 0.81.4 released". Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Maliit 0.9.1 Release". 2015-11-14. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  5. ^ Jon Nordby (March 24, 2012). "Maliit on Windows: Basic build working". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  6. ^ "[MeeGo-dev] ANNOUNCEMENT: MeeGo Keyboard license is now changed to BSD". Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  7. ^ Jan Arne Petersen (2012-01-25). "Compositing in Maliit". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Michael Hasselmann (April 2, 2013). "Maliit Status Update". Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  9. ^ Carl Symons (October 15, 2012). "Plasma Active 3 Improves Performance, Brings New Apps". KDE.News. Retrieved 2013-04-03. Thanks to a new virtual keyboard based on Maliit—the input method used on devices such as Nokia's N9 smartphone—Plasma Active Three makes text input easier. 
  10. ^ "webOS-ports/webos-keyboard". GitHub. 
  11. ^ Murray Cumming. "Maliit Keyboard Improvements". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  12. ^ "ubuntu-keyboard in Launchpad". 
  13. ^ "[Maliit-announce] Welcome!". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  14. ^ "[MeeGo-dev] Maliit "Brave New World" 0.80.0 released". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  15. ^ "Features – Maliit wiki". 2012-03-28. Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2013-03-04.