I’ve recently switched back to KDE after an extended stint on GNOME. I love the polish and workflow of GNOME, but the Plasma desktop is so packed with power-user features that it can be hard to stay away for long.
Of course, what I mean by power-user features is their excellent emoji support. Just like on macOS, Plasma has a button combo,
super+., which will bring up a searchable emoji picker. Added in 2019, One quick keystroke and you’re greeted with this:
Well that’s disappointing! What’s going on here? I’ve ensured there are emoji fonts on my system, so what gives? Let’s try launching the emoji picked via the command line to see if there’s any debugging we can do.
So it looks like our picker relies on a dictionary file to populate its emojis, but the file cannot be found. What’s that about? As it turns out, the emoji picker relies on something called ibus. In the Linux world, ibus is a framework which allows for switching between keyboard locales an layouts. The KDE spin on Fedora doesn’t include this package by default, so we will need to install it in order to get the picker working.
Run the command:
sudo dnf install ibus
Installing: ibus x86_64 1.5.23-2.fc33 updates 9.8 M Installing dependencies: ibus-gtk2 x86_64 1.5.23-2.fc33 updates 27 k ibus-gtk3 x86_64 1.5.23-2.fc33 updates 28 k ibus-setup noarch 1.5.23-2.fc33 updates 60 k
As soon as this is done, the ibus daemon will be run and your emoji dictionary should be generated. A quick
super+. later and voilà!
Now if only there was a good tik-tok client for Linux 😂
p.s. It looks like this was fixed in Fedora Rawhide (34), so no need to raise a bug unless you’re reading this in the future.