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xinput – utility to configure and test X input devices




xinput is a utility to list available input devices, query information
about a device and change input device settings.


Test if the X Input extension is available and return the ver‐
sion number of the program and the version supported by the
server. This option does not require a device name.

–list [–short || –long || –name-only || –id-only] [device] If no argument is given list all the input devices. If an argu‐
ment is given, show all the features of device. If –long is
provided, the output includes detailed information about the
capabilities of each devices. Otherwise, or if –short is pro‐
vided, only the device names and some minimal information is
listed. If –name-only is provided, the output is limited to
the device names. One device name is listed per line. Note that
the order the devices are listed is undefined. If –id-only is
provided, the output is limited to the device IDs. One device
ID is listed per line. Note that the order the devices are
listed is undefined.

–get-feedbacks device
Display the feedbacks of device.

–set-pointer device
Switch device in core pointer. This option does nothing on X
servers 1.5 and later.

–set-mode device ABSOLUTE|RELATIVE
Change the mode of device.

–set-ptr-feedback device threshold num denom
Change the pointer acceleration (or feedback) parameters of
device. The xset(1) man page has more details. For X.Org
Server 1.7 and above, there are additional device properties
pertaining to pointer acceleration. These do not replace, but
complement the pointer feedback setting.

–set-integer-feedback device index value
Change the value of an integer feedback of device.

–set-button-map device map_button_1 [map_button_2 […]] Change the button mapping of device. The buttons are specified
in physical order (starting with button 1) and are mapped to
the logical button provided. 0 disables a button. The default
button mapping for a device is 1 2 3 4 5 6 etc.

–query-state device
Query the device state.

–list-props device [device […]] Lists properties that can be set for the given device(s).

–set-int-prop device property format value
Sets an integer property for the device. Appropriate values
for format are 8, 16, or 32, depending on the property. Depre‐
cated, use –set-prop instead.

–set-float-prop device property value
Sets a float property for the device. Deprecated, use –set-
prop instead.

–set-prop [–type=atom|float|int] [–format=8|16|32] device property
value […] Set the property to the given value(s). If not specified, the
format and type of the property are left as-is. The arguments
are interpreted according to the property type.

–watch-props device
Prints to standard out when property changes occur.

–delete-prop device property
Delete the property from the device.

–test [-proximity] device
Register all extended events from device and enter an endless
loop displaying events received. If the -proximity is given,
ProximityIn and ProximityOut are registered.

–test-xi2 [–root] [device] Register for a number of XI2 events and display them. If a
device is given, only events on this device are displayed. If
–root is given, events are selected on the root window only.
Otherwise, a new client window is created (similar to xev).

–create-master prefix [sendCore] [enable] Create a new pair of master devices on an XI2-enabled server
with the given prefix. The server will create one master
pointer named “prefix pointer” and one master keyboard named
“prefix keyboard”. If sendCore is 1, this pair of master
devices is set to send core events (default). If enable is 1,
this master device pair will be enabled immediately (default).

–remove-master master [Floating|AttachToMaster] [returnPointer] [returnKeyboard] Remove master and its paired master device. Attached slave
devices are set floating if Floating is specified or the argu‐
ment is omitted. If the second argument is AttachToMaster,
returnPointer specifies the master pointer to attach all slave
pointers to and returnKeyboard specifies the master keyboard to
attach all slave keyboards to.

–reattach slave master
Reattach slave to master.

–float slave
Remove slave from its current master device.

–set-cp window master
Set the ClientPointer for the client owning window to master.
master must specify a master pointer.

–map-to-output device crtc
Restricts the movements of the absolute device to the RandR
crtc. The output name must match a currently connected output
(see xrandr(1)). If the NVIDIA binary driver is detected or
RandR 1.2 or later is not available, a Xinerama output may be
specified as “HEAD-N”, with N being the Xinerama screen number.
This option has no effect on relative devices.

–enable device
Enable the device. This call is equivalent to xinput –set-prop
device “Device Enabled” 1

–disable device
Disable the device. This call is equivalent to xinput –set-
prop device “Device Enabled” 0

device can be the device name as a string or the XID of the device.

slave can be the device name as a string or the XID of a slave device.

master can be the device name as a string or the XID of a master

property can be the property as a string or the Atom value.


X(7), xset(1), xrandr(1)


Copyright 1996,1997, Frederic Lepied.

Copyright 2007, Peter Hutterer.

Copyright 2008, Philip Langdale.

Copyright 2009-2011, Red Hat, Inc.

Peter Hutterer Philip Langdale, Frederic Lepied, France
Julien Cristau
Thomas Jaeger
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