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ORG.FREE...P.LOCALE1(5)  org.freedesktop.locale1 ORG.FREE...P.LOCALE1(5)

NAME         top

       org.freedesktop.locale1 - The D-Bus interface of systemd-localed

INTRODUCTION         top

       systemd-localed.service(8) is a system service that can be used
       to control the system locale and keyboard mapping from user
       programs. This page describes the D-Bus interface.

THE D-BUS API         top

       The service exposes the following interfaces on the bus:

           node /org/freedesktop/locale1 {
             interface org.freedesktop.locale1 {
                 SetLocale(in  as locale,
                           in  b interactive);
                 SetVConsoleKeyboard(in  s keymap,
                                     in  s keymap_toggle,
                                     in  b convert,
                                     in  b interactive);
                 SetX11Keyboard(in  s layout,
                                in  s model,
                                in  s variant,
                                in  s options,
                                in  b convert,
                                in  b interactive);
                 readonly as Locale = ['...', ...];
                 readonly s X11Layout = '...';
                 readonly s X11Model = '...';
                 readonly s X11Variant = '...';
                 readonly s X11Options = '...';
                 readonly s VConsoleKeymap = '...';
                 readonly s VConsoleKeymapToggle = '...';
             interface org.freedesktop.DBus.Peer { ... };
             interface org.freedesktop.DBus.Introspectable { ... };
             interface org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties { ... };

       If you set a new system locale all old system locale settings
       will be dropped and the new settings will be saved to disk. The
       locale will also be passed to the system manager, and
       subsequently started daemons will inherit the new system locale.
       Note that already running daemons will not learn about the new

       The SetVConsoleKeyboard() method may be used to set the key
       mapping for the virtual console. Similarly, SetX11Keyboard() may
       be used to set the default key mapping of any X11 servers.

       Note that SetVConsoleKeyboard() instantly applies the new key
       mapping to the console, while SetX11Keyboard() simply sets a
       default that may be used by later sessions.

       The boolean argument convert may be set to optionally convert the
       console keyboard configuration to X11 keyboard mappings and vice
       versa. If true and SetVConsoleKeyboard() is used, the nearest X11
       keyboard setting for the chosen console setting is set. If true
       and SetX11Keyboard() is used, the nearest console keyboard
       setting for the chosen X11 setting is set. Hence, it is usually
       sufficient to call only one of the two functions.

       For graphical UIs that need to set the system keyboard mapping
       simply invoke SetX11Keyboard(), set convert=true and ignore

       Use the empty string for the keymap parameters you wish not to

       The interactive boolean parameters can be used to control whether
       polkit[1] should interactively ask the user for authentication
       credentials if required.

       Whenever the system locale or keymap is changed via the daemon,
       PropertyChanged signals are sent out to which clients can

       The system locale is shown in the Locale property. It is an array
       containing environment-variable-assignment-like strings. The
       following strings are known: LANG=, LC_CTYPE=, LC_NUMERIC=,

       The X11Layout, X11Model, X11Variant, and X11Options properties
       show values configurable with SetX11Keyboard() described above
       (or SetVConsoleKeyboard() with convert=true). The VConsoleKeymap
       and VConsoleKeymapToggle properties show values configurable with
       SetVConsoleKeyboard() (or SetX11Keyboard() with convert=true).

       Changing the system locale or keymap using this interface is
       authenticated via polkit. The polkit action for SetLocale() is
       org.freedesktop.locale1.set-locale. The polkit action for
       SetX11Keyboard() and SetVConsoleKeyboard() is

EXAMPLES         top

       Example 1. Introspect org.freedesktop.locale1 on the bus

           $ gdbus introspect --system \
             --dest org.freedesktop.locale1 \
             --object-path /org/freedesktop/locale1

VERSIONING         top

       These D-Bus interfaces follow the usual interface versioning

NOTES         top

        1. polkit

        2. the usual interface versioning guidelines

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Pages that refer to this page: systemd.directives(7)systemd.index(7)systemd-localed.service(8)