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commandline utility to query and modify wacom driver settings.

see also : Xorg - X


xsetwacom [options] [command [arguments]]

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xsetwacom get 9 Rotate;
if [ `xsetwacom get 9 Rotate` == none ] ; then
echo Rotating...;
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


This program 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.


List known devices. Only input devices managed by the wacom driver are listed.

list parameters

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 modifiers

List the available list of modifiers to be used when setting key or button actions.

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 respective

The output format may be altered with one of the following options:

-s, --shell

Display the output in shell format, i.e. as shell commands to xsetwacom to reproduce the same parameter.

-x, --xconf

Display the output in xorg.conf format, i.e. as option lines that may be added to the InputDevice section in the xorg.conf.

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.

general options

-d, --display display_name

Connect to the X server specified in display_name; see X(7).

-h, --help

Prints a short help.

-v, --verbose

Enable verbose output, useful for debugging.

-V, --version

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.
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 is restored.

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".

BindToSerial [serial|0]

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

MapToOutput [output]

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.

Mode Absolute|Relative

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.

RawSample level

Set the sample window size (a sliding average sampling window) for incoming input tool raw data points. Default: 4, range of 1 to 20.

Rotate none|half|cw|ccw

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

Suppress level

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.

TabletDebugLevel level

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.

TabletPCButton on|off

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 other models.


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 parameter.

CursorProximity distance

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 cursor/puck device.

Threshold level

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.

ToolDebugLevel level

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.

see also

X org"> Xorg , wacom, xorg.conf, X

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Peter Hutterer <peter.hutterer[:at:]redhat[:dot:]com>

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