xsetwacom - commandline utility to query and modify wacom driver settings.
xsetwacom [options] [command [arguments]]
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
-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.
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 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 respective format.
The output format may be altered with one of the following options:
Display the output in shell format, i.e. as shell commands to xsetwacom to repro-
duce 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.
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 orienta-
tion, 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 but-
ton-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" con-
verts 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".
The driver can only simulate physical key events but not keysyms and xetwacom
translates the mapping sequence into such events. Thus, symbols on the same physi-
cal key will generate the same event. For example, '1' and '!' are on the same key
on a US keyboard and thus have the same keycode). For access to keys on a higher
shift level, the sequence should be entered as it would be typed on a physical key-
board. For example, a exclamation mark is entered by the sequence of "key +shift 1
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 out-
put, 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 cor-
responds 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
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 to 20.
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 Sup-
press value in order to be sent on. Suppress is a tablet wide parameter. A speci-
fied 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 ToolDe-
bugLevel. 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 other models.
Get the serial number of the tool that was last in proximity last. This serial num-
ber 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
If on, touch events are reported to userland, i.e., system cursor moves when user
touches the tablet. If off, touch events are ignored. Default: on for devices that
support touch; off for all other models.
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.
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 indepen-
dent 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
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