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utility to configure and test X input devices

see also : X - xset - xrandr



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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 version 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 argument 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 provided, 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. Deprecated, 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

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 [device]

Register for a number of XI2 events and display them. If a device is given, only events on this device are displayed.

--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]

Remove master and its paired master device. Attached slave devices are set floating if Floating is specified or the argument 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 device.

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


Copyright 1996,1997, Frederic Lepied.

Copyright 2007, Peter Hutterer.

Copyright 2008, Philip Langdale.

Copyright 2009-2011, Red Hat, Inc.

see also

X , xset , xrandr


Peter Hutterer <>
Philip Langdale, <philipl[:at:]alumni.utexas[:dot:]net>
Frederic Lepied, France <Frederic.Lepied[:at:]sugix.frmug[:dot:]org>
Julien Cristau <jcristau[:at:]debian[:dot:]org>
Thomas Jaeger <ThJaeger[:at:]gmail[:dot:]com>
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