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FAQ: Where to get the Wubi Input Method

Wubi Zixing Windows installation, purchase, or free download

Q: How do I enable Wubi input in Windows?

A: Microsoft Wubi is available in Windows 8.1! For other versions of Windows, it can be obtained elsewhere.  (If you have a different OS, you may already have Wubi! See the Android and Ubuntu IME pages.)


Windows 8 Microsoft WubiThe Microsoft Wubi input method is in the "Simplified, China" and "Simplified, Singapore" language settings of Windows 8.1 and later.

To find it, just follow my instructions for Windows 8 input method setup.



Google IMEGoogle Input Tools includes a Wubi IME for use on any web page or web application in the Chrome browser, in Windows or any other OS, or of course in the Chrome OS.

This is the Google page on those IMEs, and if that looks good then from there you can go to the Home page to download: new site



For Windows 7 and earlier (and for Window 8, if they'll support it), there is also:

Wangma Logothe original Wubi Zixing, direct from the source, new site
and here's a Wubi discussion forum in Chinese, new site


There are many free variations out there. I'll let you be the judge of which is best:

Sougou Input Methods logoSougou Windows 7, new site
Sougou 2000-XP-Vista, new site
Freewb (极点五笔), new site
New Concept (新概念五笔) & training software (五笔快打), new site


Chinese Plus boxWubi input has also been included in many third-party suites, but last time I checked most had not been updated for Windows 7 or Vista. 

For example, Chinese Plus and Chinese Star are distributed in the USA with English and Chinese instructions and support: new site


Some form of Wubi is also available in many IMEs for Android and Ubuntu. Please let me know if any of these links expire or if I can help you with anything else. (Except actually typing with Wubi! I'm "Pinyin" Joe after all.  :-) 

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