Oct 7, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: chrys

Fenrir 1.5

a user space console screen reader (Python3)


The latest version of Fenrir 1.5 is now available. There have been numerous enhancements and bug fixes since the last release. Also, the project is now installable via pip. In addition, several distros offer Fenrir in their repositories. Arch Linux users may install either the latest stable branch or git using AUR.


  • Does not rely on kernel modules making it ideal for distributions that do not include staging drivers
  • Works well even on minimal hardware
  • Configurable laptop and desktop keyboard layouts
  • Built-in spellchecking
  • Configurable speech and sound output with multiple drivers for both
  • Configurable feedback; hear only what you want to hear
  • helper scripts to help configure pulseaudio
  • Easy to use script system
  • Easy to extend
  • bookmarks
  • full featured clipboard system with history and ability to export to file or the X session (using xclip)
  • Built-in man page for quick and easy help
  • Application built-in help with the shortcut fenrir+f1
  • and more

New in 1.5

  • initial working
  • available via pip (python packet manager, "sudo pip3 install fenrir-screenreader")
  • leave review on typing
  • add dependency check (
  • Add nice dummy drivers as template or for debugging
  • reimplement detection code for X11
  • initial translate structure (manuelcortez Thanks!)
  • add a configurable place where you can place own commands or overwrite existing commands without need to change default code
  • implement autodetection of plugged and unplugged input devices
  • implement generic speechdriver
  • try to autodetect encoding
  • initial BrlTTY drivert
  • Inital Braille support (Still WIP)
  • move to an event based system
  • add initial multithreading/ multiprocessing support
  • support cli parameters
  • add cli parameter for debugging "-d"
  • add cli parameter to overwrite options "-o"
  • add cli parameter to specify an settings.conf "-s"
  • list of bound commands in Tutorial Mode using arrow keys. speak name, binding and description.
  • a lot of bugfixing
  • experimental SELinux rules

Live Support

Help is available on IRC at in the #a11y room. mumble is also available.


May 25, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: chrys

Hi Guys,

one of our frinds needs your help. He trys to become a fulltime linux accessibility developer. He already did a lot of work on speech-dispatcher or vinux. All of us will profit of his hard work.

Here the orign mail:

Luke Yelavich writes:

 I am writing to let you all know of my newly launched crowd funding campaign
 to continue to work full time on Linux accessibility development. Please
 spread the word if you are able, it would be much appreciated.

Mar 15, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: chrys

Howdy Folks,

The Sonar Linux and Vinux did currently announce that both distros are going to be merged. See here:

Cheers chrys


Feb 7, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: chrys

Howdy everyone!

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fenrir 1.00! You can download it from
What is it?
Fenrir is a console (TTY) screen reader written in python3. It is in user space, so it does not have to be compiled into the kernel like other options such as Acsint or Speakup.

Features include:
• Modern driverbased and plugin architecture
• Speech (espeak, speechd) and sound icon support (gstreamer, sox)
• Highly configurable
• advanced review functionality
• Copy and paste with clipboards with definable history (Currently 10 clipboards)
• Desktop and laptop keyboard layouts that are easy to learn, use, and customize
• Learn mode (speaks the command associated with a key press.)
• Spell check with definable dictionaries
• Reading of emoticons (Not emoji)
• Definable windows for applications.
• Punctuation Management
• Custom dictonary
• Scriptkey support (bind bash scripts to keybindings and pressent the result)
• Highlight Tracking mode

Upcoming Features in fenrir 2.0
• Braille (Currently a work in progress)
• Pseudo Terminal support (PTY)
• Event based

Version 1.00 is recommended for use in production environments. However, if you would like to help test, write documentation and/or develop Fenrir, you may wish to install the latest version from git.

Fenrir is released under the LGPL license, so it will remain open source and free, but you may use it for closed source work environments.

We are also available on IRC at in room #a11y
Fenrir's home page is located at:

Your Fenrir Development team.