Dzongkha Keyboard & Input Methods

Dzongkha Keyboard

The Dzongkha keyboard layout is a simple way of inputting Dzongkha or Choöké Unicode text. The layout was jointly designed by the Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC) and the Department of Information Technology (DIT). Keyboard definitions supporting this layout are available for computers using the Microsoft Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems.

Dzongkha Keyboard for Windows

Windows XP:

The Dzongkha Keyboard layout for Windows XP & 2000 was designed and approved by both the DDC and DIT and was originally implemented as part of the DDC Dzongkha Computing Project.

Instructions for downloading and installation
  • Download and extract the files in the zip archive to a temporary folder.
  • In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder where you extracted the files.
  • Double click on the installer file kbd_Dz.msi to install.

Once installed, the keyboard must be assigned to one of the languages supported by Windows XP. Since Windows XP does not officially support Dzongkha we must assingn the Dzongkha keyboard to another language.

  • From the Start menu go to the Control Panel
  • Choose Regional and Language Options
  • Choose the Languages tab
  • Under Text Services & Input Languages click on the "Details" button.
  • Under the Settings tab click the "Add" button
  • Under "Input Language" choose an unused language (e.g. "Konkani" or "Icelandic")
  • Then under Keyboard Layout/IME choose "Dzongkha" and click OK.

The Dzongkha input method (keyboard) is now assigned to that language and when selected it will appear as "Konkani" KO or "Icelandic" IS (or whichever language you assigned the keyboard to) in your taskbar. If the language bar does not appear, go to the Control Panel and choose Regional and Language Options. Under the Languages tab, click the "Details" button within Text Services & Input Languages. Under the Settings tab, click on the "Language Bar" button and then click the box next to "Show the Language Bar on the desktop".

Note: The Dzongkha keyboard for Windows XP was created with Microsoft's Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC) - and may be modified using the same utiity. The MSKLC source file (kbd_Dz.klc) is contained in the archive.

Windows Vista

While Microsoft Windows Vista comes with very good built in support for Dzongkha and Chöké script rendering and collation, unfortunately the current version does not include a Bhutanese locale or Dzongkha keyboard layout. The NLB is therefore making these available so that users may install them.

Please see our seperate page: Dzongkha Keyboard & Bhutanese Locale for Windows Vista.

To view the Dzongkha pages on this website properly we recommend that Windows Vista users also install the Jomolhari Dzongkha font.


The Dzongkha keyboard is included in Linux distributions as a standard part of the X Windows / XFree86 windowing system

Dzongkha Keyboard layout for Mac OSX

A Dzongkha keyboard / ime for Mac OSX

Other Input methods


TISE is an input method for Dzongkha and Chöké based on typing Romanised Dzongkha using an extended version of the Wylie transcription method known as the Extended Wylie Trasnsliteration Scheme or EWTS. This transliteration scheme is the same as that used for transliterating names of book titles in our Online Public Access Catalouge. — The TISE input method is also very similar to the input method formerly offered by the NLB for use with our Gelong Rinchen and Pem Tsewang fonts — however TISE works with Unicode fonts. As you type, TISE intercepts user input and converts EWTS sequences into proper codes for Dzongkha text to be displayed using a Dzongkha Unicode font. TISE was developed by Mr. Gregory Mokhin and only works with Microsoft Windows (2000/XP/Vista).

TISE is available for download here.