commandline utility to query and modify wacom driver settings.
see also :
Xorg - X
[options] [command [arguments]]
add an example, a script, a trick and tips
xsetwacom get 9 Rotate;
if [ `xsetwacom get 9 Rotate` == none ] ; then
xsetwacom set 9 Rotate 1;
xsetwacom set 9 Rotate 1;
xsetwacom set 10 Rotate 1;
xsetwacom set 15 Rotate 1;
xsetwacom get 9 Rotate;
pad='Wacom Intuos3 6x80 pad'
xsetwacom set "$pad" StripLUp None
xsetwacom set "$pad" StripRUp None
xsetwacom set "$pad" StripLDn None
xsetwacom set "$pad" StripLDn None
xsetwacom set "$pad" StripRDn None
queries or changes properties on the devices loaded by the
wacom driver. The modification of properties happens at
runtime and is not persistent through X server restarts.
Allowed commands are list, get, and set. The
command may be specified with or without one or two preceding
dashes, i.e. --list is equivalent to -list and
List known devices. Only input devices managed by the wacom
driver are listed.
List known parameters. List all parameters suitable for the
get or the set command. Note that not all
parameters are available on all device types.
List the available list of modifiers to be used when setting key
or button actions.
get device_name parameter
Get the current settings for the parameter on the given device.
Note that not all parameters are available on all device types.
The special parameter name "all" may be provided to display all
current settings on the device.
By default, options are printed on the commandline in the
The output format may be altered with one of the following
Display the output in shell format, i.e. as shell commands to
xsetwacom to reproduce the same parameter.
Display the output in xorg.conf format, i.e. as option lines that
may be added to the InputDevice section in the xorg.conf.
set device_name parameter [value]
Set the parameter value on the given device to the value
provided. Note that not all parameters are writable, some are
read-only and result in an error when trying to be modified.
-d, --display display_name
Connect to the X server specified in display_name; see X(7).
Prints a short help.
Enable verbose output, useful for debugging.
Display version number and exit.
Not all parameters are available on all tools. Use the get
command with the parameter or "all" parameter for specific input
tool applicable parameters and current settings.
Area x1 y1 x2 y2
Set the tablet input area in device coordinates in the form top
left x/y and bottom right x/y. Top left and bottom right are
defined in the device’s native orientation, regardless of
the actual rotation currently applied. Input outside of these
coordinates will be clipped to the edges of the area defined.
Default: 0 0 x2 y2; with x2 and y2 tablet specific.
Button button-number [mapping]
Set a mapping for the specified button-number. Mappings take the
form of either a single numeric button or an ’action’
to be performed. If no mapping is provided, the default mapping
Numeric button mappings indicate what X11 button number the given
button-number should correspond to. For example, a mapping of "3"
means a press of the given button-number will produce as a press
of X11 button 3 (i.e. right click).
Action mappings allow button presses to perform many events. They
take the form of a string of keywords and arguments. For example,
"key +a +shift b -shift -a" converts the button into a series of
keystrokes, in this example "press a, press shift, press and
release b, release shift, release a". In addition to the "key"
keyword, "button" and "modetoggle" are also recognized. Multiple
keywords may be present in one action if desired: for example
"key +ctrl button 5 key -ctrl".
Bind the device to the tool with the specified serial number.
Once bound, the device will ignore events from other tools. A
serial of 0 means the device is unbound and will react to any
tool of the matching type. Default: 0
Map the tablet’s input area to a given output (e.g.
"VGA1"). Output names may either be the name of a head available
through the XRandR extension, or an X11 geometry string of the
form WIDTHxHEIGHT+X+Y. To switch to the next available output,
the "next" keyword is also supported. This will cycle between the
individual monitors connected to the system, and then the entire
desktop. The mapping may be reset to the entire desktop at any
time with the output name "desktop". Users of the NVIDIA binary
driver should use the output names "HEAD-0" and "HEAD-1" until
the driver supports XRandR 1.2 or later.
The output mapping configuration is a onetime setting and does
not track output reconfigurations; the command needs to be re-run
whenever the output configuration changes. When used with tablet
rotation, the tablet must be rotated before it is mapped to the
new screen. This parameter is write-only and cannot be queried.
Set the device mode as either Relative or Absolute. Relative
means pointer tracking for the device will function like a mouse,
whereas Absolute means the pointer corresponds to the
device’s actual position on the tablet or tablet PC screen.
Default: Absolute for stylus, eraser and tablet PC touch;
Relative for cursor and tablet touch.
PressureCurve x1 y1 x2 y2
A Bezier curve of third order, composed of two anchor points (0,0
and 100,100) and two user modifiable control points that define
the curve’s shape. Raise the curve (x1<y1 x2<y2) to
"soften" the feel and lower the curve (x1>y1 x2>y2) for a
"firmer" feel. Sigmoid shaped curves are permitted (x1>y1
x2<y2 or x1<y1 x2>y2). Default: 0 0 100 100, a linear
curve; range of 0 to 100 for all four values.
Set the sample window size (a sliding average sampling window)
for incoming input tool raw data points. Default: 4, range of 1
Set the tablet to the given rotation:
none: the tablet is not rotated and uses its natural rotation
half: the tablet is rotated by 180 degrees (upside-down)
cw: the tablet is rotated 90 degrees clockwise
ccw: the tablet is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise
Rotation is a tablet-wide option: rotation of one tool affects
all other tools associated with the same tablet. When the tablet
is physically rotated, rotate any tool to the corresponding
orientation. Default: none
Set the delta (difference) cutoff level for further processing of
incoming input tool coordinate values. For example a X or Y
coordinate event will be sent only if the change between the
current X or Y coordinate and the previous one is greater than
the Suppress value. The same applies to pressure level (Z
coordinate) and Tilt rotation values. With a current absolute
wheel (AbsWheel) or Tilt value the delta between it and the
previous value must be equal to or greater than the Suppress
value in order to be sent on. Suppress is a tablet wide
parameter. A specified delta level for one input tool is applied
to all input tool coordinates. To disable suppression use a level
of 0. Default: 2, range of 0 to 100.
Set the debug level for this tablet to the given level. This only
affects code paths that are shared between several tools on the
same physical tablet. A higher level means more fine-grained
debug messages, a level of 0 turns debugging off for this tool.
Requires the driver to be built with debugging enabled. See also
ToolDebugLevel. Default: 0, range of 0 to 12.
If on, the stylus must be in contact with the screen for a stylus
side button to work. If off, stylus buttons will work once the
stylus is in proximity of the tablet (regardless of whether it is
touching the screen). Default: on for Tablet PCs; off for all
Get the serial number of the tool that was last in proximity
last. This serial number is updated whenever the tool goes out of
proximity. If the current tool went out of proximity once, this
serial number is the one of the current tool. This is a read-only
sets the max distance from tablet to stop reporting movement for
cursor in relative mode. Default for Intuos series is 10, for
Graphire series (including Volitos) is 42. Only available for the
Set the minimum pressure necessary to generate a Button event for
the stylus tip, eraser, or touch. The pressure levels of all
tablets are normalized to 2048 levels irregardless of the actual
hardware supported levels. This parameter is independent of the
PressureCurve parameter. Default: 27, range of 0 to 2047.
Set the debug level for this tool to the given level. This only
affects code paths that are specific to a given tool. A higher
level means more fine-grained debug messages, a level of 0 turns
debugging off for this tool. Requires the driver to be built with
debugging enabled. See also TabletDebugLevel. Default: 0, range
of 0 to 12.
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