I bought a raspberry pi2 and 7 inch waveshare touchscreen. The SD card came along with the system already flashed. It turns on and everything works, but how do I activate the virtual keyboard. Do I need a USB keyboard initially to do so?


First thing to do:

  • Open terminal

Second you will need to update the repositories:

  • sudo apt-get update

An upgrade to the whole system isn't needed but it is recommended:

  • sudo apt-get upgrade

Now we can install the virtual keyboard:

  • sudo apt-get install matchbox-keyboard

Rebooting is recommended:

  • sudo reboot

Now you can access the keyboard:

Menu >> Accessories >> Keyboard

Access the keyboard

If the keyboard isn't visible on the menu you can enable it by going to:

Menu >> Preferences >> Main Menu Editor

There you will be able to enable the keyboard.

If everything has gone perfectly you will now have an onscreen keyboard.

Onscreen keyboard

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    To do all this I will need a external keyboard and working internet connection, right? – user473180 Jan 15 '16 at 13:43
  • Yes internet and keyboard is required for this steps but after the setup you can use your virtual keyboard without internet. – Michielvk Jan 15 '16 at 13:44
  • Ok thanks, will check it out and ask if another problem – user473180 Jan 15 '16 at 13:45
  • Feel free to ask :) – Michielvk Jan 15 '16 at 13:46
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    @Andreas I am not sure if there are any alternatives. I just searched a little with no success. If anyone does find an alternative; please post it here. – Michielvk Jan 11 at 9:40

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