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Malayalam on android Mobiles

Wow… Finally i can read Malayalam on my samsung spica i5700 (android 2.1 OS). You can also enable Malayalam (most probably all non latin languages) by installing Opera Mini Beta 5 for android. Opera Mini Beta 5 is avaiable in android market.

Once downloaded do the following tweak to enable Malayalam

1. Open Opera Mini Beta 5 browser

2. Type “config:” (without quotes and don’t forget to type colon at the end of the command) on address bar and press OK

3. Change entry for ‘Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts’ to ‘Yes’.

That’s it. Now you can read all unicode Malayalam websites(except atomic chillu characters)  from your mobile phone.

Try and enjoy Malayalam Wikipedia by visiting this: http://ml.m.wikipedia.org/

  1. Kiran Chandramohanan
    July 3, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Thanks Buddy….കൊറേ നാളായി ഇതിനു വല്ല വഴിയുമുണ്ടോ എന്ന് നോക്കി നടക്കുകയായിരുന്നു…

    • subhash
      December 28, 2011 at 4:57 PM


  2. Sunil
    July 17, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Works great on my Samsung i9000. Just need the froyo update 🙂

    There is a usability issue with the comment part of your blog.
    Captcha is below the submit comments button

  3. October 31, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Thanks for the post.. It is working in My HTC Wildfire too..

  4. Abu
    December 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Thankyou so much my friend! Its worked great on my HTC…

  5. January 28, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Very very interesting

  6. Zuji
    April 8, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Great man

  7. jackson mathew
    April 26, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Thanx a lot mate

  8. shahid
    April 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    hi .. thanx for the tip.. But its works only in social network site. I cannot able to read malayalam fonts in Other major news sites. Please find out and reply the solution .

  9. Saju
    May 11, 2011 at 6:17 AM


    How I can view malayalam on firefox 4 android mobile.

  10. Jain
    May 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks you so much my friend. It’s working in my HTC Thunderbolt.

  11. murali
    May 25, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    Today I downloaded Opera Mini Web browser, i could not see the Mini Beta 5 browser.
    When i am typing config: in address bar, it says web page not available, even i am connected to internet.

    How can i setup to read malayalam on Opera Mini browser?

  12. jyothi krishnan
    June 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    hi still I cannot read manorama online …
    what to do ?

  13. ZAM
    June 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Just tried with Malayalamanorama…..hmm…no, its not working for me…

  14. June 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    @ Jyothi and ZAM : Malayala Manorama is not using unicode fonts. It uses its own ASCII font to render Malayalam. By using the above hack you cannot read Malayala Manorama on android phones.

    • Max
      July 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      I’m using opera mobile but When i am typing config: in address bar, it says web page not available

      • July 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        AFAIK, the above hack will work only on Opera Mini and not on Opera Mobile.

    • July 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Thanks Anoop for your comment about Malayalam Songs, As you suggested would like to have an audio only version but of legal issues and the difficulty to find reliable mp3 it was difficult to do that. I know watching video will be difficult at this point of time but technology is moving faster so this barriers won’t be an issue soon.

      I appreciate your suggestion and will take into account and look into how technically, we could acheive it. Thanks for the rating but it would have been encouraging for us if people like you have given a better support for a non-profit project.

      Anyway its always good to have a suggestion from great people like you. Thanks.


      • July 5, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        Is there any possibility to extract only audios from a youtube videos. It would help you find reliable mp3s. Just a thought.

      • July 6, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Yes anoop, thats a good thought and i was even thinking of it. Will try for it.. Thanks.

      • July 7, 2011 at 7:43 PM

        I looked into extracting mp3 from youtube, its possible. But legally youtube doesn’t permits it. So i would think of some other alternatives.

      • September 7, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        New version of Malayalam Song app is now released, please have a look and post your comments and suggestions. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.malayalamworld.MalayalamSongs

        Now it have a search over internet option to get latest songs.

  15. Dilu
    June 25, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    thanx dude

  16. July 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Hi Friends try new Malayalam Songs app for android mobile.

    search for malayalam song, https://market.android.com/details?id=com.malayalamworld.MalayalamSongs

  17. July 7, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Thanks, this works for viewing Malayalam. Is there a way to view google buzz as well – that’s where my most malayalam contents are, and I don’t see google buzz getting listed in the gmail home accessed via opera mini.

  18. balu srinivaz
    July 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    thanks for u r great help

  19. Shine AR
    July 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Thanks a lot. It can be done in my Nokia N73 too

  20. naveen
    July 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    thanks its working in 2.3.1,but some sites only

  21. August 8, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    ഈ ചെപ്പടി വിദ്യ ആവശ്യമില്ലാതെ തന്നെ മലയാളം വായിക്കാം ദാ ഇത് കാണൂ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTP6VZu0G9o

    • August 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Thanks for the link Shameer. But most of the people are using the earlier versions of android. It might help them.

    • ajmal
      December 31, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      face book il malayalam support cheyyunnilla

  22. Ashiq Salam
    October 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Thanks a lot Anoop…it worked on my HTC wildfire S

  23. November 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    worked great on my Samsung Galaxy S! thanks dude

  24. bibin
    November 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Not such an option available.
    Opera mobile version 11.10

    • November 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      You have to use Opera Mini. Opera Mobile doesn’t have this option


  25. Aju
    November 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM


    I tried the same in my Blackberry 8520. Unfortunately its not working.

    Can somebody help me with the settings of opera mini in blackberry 8520.

    • December 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      In all mobile OS the settings are same. try “config:” (without quotes)

      • October 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        you can use these commands also………
        1. about:config
        2.opera:config when “config” not works

  26. Anil Raj
    November 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Thanks dear.. Now I can read all malayalam news online in Opera 6.5, except Manorama on my Nokia 5233…. It works well…..

  27. Suslov
    November 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Wow.. really useful 🙂

  28. Thaslim
    December 16, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Hi..Is there a method to view malayalam tags in android music player . i converted the tag to UTF-8 but still my Samsung I9003 would not display the malayalam tags . my android version is 2.2.1

    • December 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM

      Since there is no native support for Malayalam on android i think it is possible now 😦 . May be in future it will support.

  29. dr kishor
    December 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Thanks dear friend,its working in my HTC

  30. jisha
    December 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    thanks…it worked.
    is there any way to view the comments written in malayalam on facebook…. m using xperia neo v ..

    • December 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      If you use opera mini to access facebook u can read Malayalam comments there as well. But if you are using FB app then there is no support yet.

      • jisha
        December 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        i can neither see the messages in malayalam …. is there any solution ???… i can type using panini keypad..

  31. Irshad
    January 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM


  32. Aby Thomas
    February 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Is it possible to add a Malayalam keyboard to native Android OS?

    I have successfully created a Malayalam Keyboard that is available in every app on Nokia N9. Nokia N9 native browser displays Malayalam pages like Manorama, Mangalam, etc.

    I decided to not follow any standard keyboard layouts for Malayalam because it is so confusing. My layout is simple (I think, comments welcome).

    I even added the Rupee symbol ₹. Maybe the first mobile VKB that can type ₹ :-).

    Now Nokia N9 can type in Malayalam – SMS, Email, Games – all apps. Just switch the keyboard with a swipe to Malayalam, English, Swype, etc.


    A few of my friends with Android and iPhone have asked me if I could do this for their phones. I don’t like the idea of creating an App for Malayalam typing (I think there are already some).

    Anybody have any clue how to create and/or add a language keyboard for native Android, iOS (maybe even Windows) operating systems.



  33. Shabeer
    February 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    thanks,what will do to read Chillu letters Malayalam on android.. also. Malayalam supported application..

    to change your phone language to Malayalam Loce : >> download “morelocale 2” from android market, after installing it go to Custom Language. type language code ml and country code IN .. your phone will be localized to Malayalam. so. you can read Malayalam on Facebook too. (galaxy S users needs to download Fontomizer SP from market and install Malayalam fonts, Akshar,Kartika,Anjaliold lipi) – NO need to root your phone for this. just install) –
    (If your phone is rooted, you can install any Malayalam fonts TTF files directly copy to system/ fonts folder via using file explorer apps – THATS IS ONLY FOR ROOTED PHONE remember it.)
    but. still. chillu letters issue. what we have do to fix this. please find solution for atomic chillu letters malayalam issue on android!


    • February 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      i have downloaded DroidSansFallback.ttf from http://www.mediafire.com/?lum0iauh1eh8c21 and replaced the font. After that i can able to see chillu characters also. But there is some issues with the words which has letter ‘പ്ര’. it is showing as പ്‌ര

  34. Jeesmon Jacob
    February 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I built an experimental browser to read Malayalam Unicode Sites. You can get it for free from Android Market https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jeesmon.apps.mlbrowser

    Discuss issues at http://goo.gl/6X0cr

  35. March 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Njan Dolphin Browser aanu use cheyyunnathu… any way 2 add malayalam fonts in it??

  36. jo
    April 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    thanks it works on my Desfy +

  37. nijo
    April 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Works well on my moto defy plus

  38. May 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    ith ok aai..pakse facebook application il malayalam support cheyyunnilla.any idea .?

  39. sajim
    June 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    hi onnukoodi vyakthamai enikku paraju tharamoa ?plzzz

  40. Pradeep
    July 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Thanks my Friend ..It’s a great and helpful work……It’s also working my HTC wildfire s …..
    thank you very much

  41. August 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    i have sony ericsson xperia (android version 2.3.4) i tried as your script,but when type config:,it says address is not accessable…any solutions?

  42. s kumar
    January 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    very very useful..thanks a lot

  43. thoufeeq
    February 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    This method only useful when open fb through opera, cnt read open through mode…..how can solve this problem????

  44. REGI
    June 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Hai, I am using samsung GT S7562. i download opera mini 5 beta and installed. but its showing just a moment.. finalizying your installation. that is running long time and installation not completed. how can do the installation. how can i read malayalam in phone

  45. REGI
    June 16, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Hai, I am using samsung GT S7562. i download opera mini 5 beta and installed. I cant do the config: its showing web page not found. how can i read malayalam in my phone. android version 4.0.4

  46. mansoorali
    April 13, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    but in my nokia xl not working malayalam. pls help me

  47. July 8, 2015 at 11:46 PM


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