Wikipedia:Kannada support

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Enabling Kannada on your desktop. Here's a comprehensive document to help you through enabling Kannada on your desktop on your favourite Operating System. Browse through the index and read the section relevant to your Operating System.

Note: You too can help out by correcting broken links or erroneous information in this document.

Who should read this?[edit]

If you are unable to view or edit the Kannada text on this Wikipedia, this page is for you. This page is also recommended for users who can view or edit but are not familiar with editing documents in Kannada using Unicode. Despite the title of the document, the instructions will apply to all sites and content which use Unicode.

If you have further questions or distribution specific issues for which the solutions are not listed below, you can post onto the discussion forums at [1]. But please make sure you read this document properly before submitting support requests there.



Unicode is a universal character set which defines code points for each character in almost every script in the world including Kannada. It is an internationally accepted standard published by the Unicode Consortium Unicode Consortium and supported in most Operating Systems. The Karnataka Government is representing for Kannada on the Unicode Consortium through Ministry of Information and Technology, Govt of India. -- (talk) 14:47, 7 May 2009

Why does Kannada Wikipedia use Unicode?[edit]

  • It's an accepted standard (see above section).
  • Software to view and edit comes either with the Operating System or is freely available.
  • Search is seamless.
  • It is extremely easy to translate the wikipedia's ce.

See discussion on Unicode usage in Wikipedia.

External Links[edit]




  • Kannada Localisation Initiative
  • Sampada
  • Baraha - a free text editor for Many Indian languages including Kannada and Hindi with Unicode support.
  • Nudi - a free text editor for Kannada with Unicode support
  • Bhasha India - Microsoft's Community Page for Indic languages
  • EMACS - a free text editor for UNIX/Linux with Kannada and Hindi support.


More Info[edit]

To get more information on how to install fonts, go to this page on the Unicode organization's website.