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xrandr - primitive command line interface to RandR extension
xrandr [-help] [-display display] [-q] [-v] [--verbose] [--dryrun] [--screen snum] [--q1] [--q12]
RandR version 1.3 options
[--panning widthxheight[+x+y[/track_widthxtrack_height+track_x+track_y[/border_left/border_top/border_right/border_bottom]]]] [--scale xxy]
[--transform a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i] [--primary]
RandR version 1.2 options
[--prop] [--fb widthxheight] [--fbmm widthxheight] [--dpi dpi] [--newmode name mode] [--rmmode name] [--addmode output name] [--delmode
[--output output] [--auto] [--mode mode] [--preferred] [--pos xxy] [--rate rate] [--reflect reflection] [--rotate orientation] [--left-of
output] [--right-of output] [--above output] [--below output] [--same-as output] [--set property value] [--off] [--crtc crtc] [--gamma
red:green:blue] [--brightness brightness]
RandR version 1.0 and version 1.1 options
[-o orientation] [-s size] [-r rate] [-x] [-y]
Xrandr is used to set the size, orientation and/or reflection of the outputs for a screen. It can also set the screen size.
If invoked without any option, it will dump the state of the outputs, showing the existing modes for each of them, with a '+' after the
preferred mode and a '*' after the current mode.
There are a few global options. Other options modify the last output that is specified in earlier parameters in the command line. Multiple
outputs may be modified at the same time by passing multiple --output options followed immediately by their corresponding modifying
-help Print out a summary of the usage and exit.
Print out the RandR version reported by the X server and exit.
Causes xrandr to be more verbose. When used with -q (or without other options), xrandr will display more information about the
server state. Please note that the gamma and brightness informations are only approximations of the complete color profile stored in
the server. When used along with options that reconfigure the system, progress will be reported while executing the configuration
When this option is present, or when no configuration changes are requested, xrandr will display the current state of the system.
Performs all the actions specified except that no changes are made.
Apply the modifications without grabbing the screen. It avoids to block other applications during the update but it might also cause
some applications that detect screen resize to receive old values.
-d, -display name
This option selects the X display to use. Note this refers to the X screen abstraction, not the monitor (or output).
This option selects which screen to manipulate. Note this refers to the X screen abstraction, not the monitor (or output).
--q1 Forces the usage of the RandR version 1.1 protocol, even if a higher version is available.
--q12 Forces the usage of the RandR version 1.2 protocol, even if the display does not report it as supported or a higher version is
RandR version 1.3 options
Options for RandR 1.3 are used as a superset of the options for RandR 1.2.
Return the current screen configuration, without polling for hardware changes.
Don't define a primary output.
This option sets the panning parameters. As soon as panning is enabled, the CRTC position can change with every pointer move. The
first four parameters specify the total panning area, the next four the pointer tracking area (which defaults to the same area). The
last four parameters specify the border and default to 0. A width or height set to zero disables panning on the according axis. You
typically have to set the screen size with --fb simultaneously.
Specifies a transformation matrix to apply on the output. Automatically a bilinear filter is selected. The mathematical form corre-
a b c
d e f
g h i
The transformation is based on homogeneous coordinates. The matrix multiplied by the coordinate vector of a pixel of the output
gives the transformed coordinate vector of a pixel in the graphic buffer. More precisely, the vector (x y) of the output pixel is
extended to 3 values (x y w), with 1 as the w coordinate and multiplied against the matrix. The final device coordinates of the
pixel are then calculated with the so-called homogenic division by the transformed w coordinate. In other words, the device coordi-
nates (x' y') of the transformed pixel are:
x' = (ax + by + c) / w' and
y' = (dx + ey + f) / w' ,
with w' = (gx + hy + i) .
Typically, a and e corresponds to the scaling on the X and Y axes, c and f corresponds to the translation on those axes, and g, h,
and i are respectively 0, 0 and 1. The matrix can also be used to express more complex transformations such as keystone correction,
or rotation. For a rotation of an angle T, this formula can be used:
cos T -sin T 0
sin T cos T 0
0 0 1
As a special argument, instead of passing a matrix, one can pass the string none, in which case the default values are used (a unit
matrix without filter).
Changes the dimensions of the output picture. Values superior to 1 will lead to a compressed screen (screen dimension bigger than
the dimension of the output mode), and values below 1 leads to a zoom in on the output. This option is actually a shortcut version
of the --transform option.
Set the output as primary. It will be sorted first in Xinerama and RANDR geometry requests.
RandR version 1.2 options
These options are only available for X server supporting RandR version 1.2 or newer.
This option causes xrandr to display the contents of properties for each output. --verbose also enables --prop.
Reconfigures the screen to the specified size. All configured monitors must fit within this size. When this option is not provided,
xrandr computes the smallest screen size that will hold the set of configured outputs; this option provides a way to override that
Sets the reported values for the physical size of the screen. Normally, xrandr resets the reported physical size values to keep the
DPI constant. This overrides that computation.
This also sets the reported physical size values of the screen, it uses the specified DPI value to compute an appropriate physical
size using whatever pixel size will be set.
--newmode name mode
New modelines can be added to the server and then associated with outputs. This option does the former. The mode is specified using
the ModeLine syntax for xorg.conf: clock hdisp hsyncstart hsyncend htotal vdisp vsyncstart vsyncend vtotal flags. flags can be zero
or more of +HSync, -HSync, +VSync, -VSync, Interlace, DoubleScan, CSync, +CSync, -CSync. Several tools permit to compute the usual
modeline from a height, width, and refresh rate, for instance you can use cvt.
This removes a mode from the server if it is otherwise unused.
--addmode output name
Add a mode to the set of valid modes for an output.
--delmode output name
Remove a mode from the set of valid modes for an output.
Selects an output to reconfigure. Use either the name of the output or the XID.
--auto For connected but disabled outputs, this will enable them using their preferred mode (or, something close to 96dpi if they have no
preferred mode). For disconnected but enabled outputs, this will disable them.
This selects a mode. Use either the name or the XID for mode
This selects the same mode as --auto, but it doesn't automatically enable or disable the output.
Position the output within the screen using pixel coordinates. In case reflection or rotation is applied, the translation is applied
after the effects.
This marks a preference for refresh rates close to the specified value, when multiple modes have the same name, this will select the
one with the nearest refresh rate.
Reflection can be one of 'normal' 'x', 'y' or 'xy'. This causes the output contents to be reflected across the specified axes.
Rotation can be one of 'normal', 'left', 'right' or 'inverted'. This causes the output contents to be rotated in the specified
direction. 'right' specifies a clockwise rotation of the picture and 'left' specifies a counter-clockwise rotation.
--left-of, --right-of, --above, --below, --same-as another-output
Use one of these options to position the output relative to the position of another output. This allows convenient tiling of outputs
within the screen. The position is always computed relative to the new position of the other output, so it is not valid to say
--output a --left-of b --output b --left-of a.
--set property value
Sets an output property. Integer properties may be specified as a valid (see --prop) decimal or hexadecimal (with a leading 0x)
value. Atom properties may be set to any of the valid atoms (see --prop). String properties may be set to any value.
--off Disables the output.
Uses the specified crtc (either as an index in the list of CRTCs or XID). In normal usage, this option is not required as xrandr
tries to make sensible choices about which crtc to use with each output. When that fails for some reason, this option can override
the normal selection.
Set the specified floating point values as gamma correction on the crtc currently attached to this output. Note that you cannot get
two different values for cloned outputs (i.e.: which share the same crtc) and that switching an output to another crtc doesn't
change the crtc gamma corrections at all.
Multiply the gamma values on the crtc currently attached to the output to specified floating value. Useful for overly bright or
overly dim outputs. However, this is a software only modification, if your hardware has support to actually change the brightness,
you will probably prefer to use xbacklight.
RandR version 1.1 options
These options are available for X servers supporting RandR version 1.1 or older. They are still valid for newer X servers, but they don't
interact sensibly with version 1.2 options on the same command line.
-s, --size size-index or --size widthxheight
This sets the screen size, either matching by size or using the index into the list of available sizes.
-r, --rate, --refresh rate
This sets the refresh rate closest to the specified value.
-o, --orientation rotation
This specifies the orientation of the screen, and can be one of normal, inverted, left or right.
-x Reflect across the X axis.
-y Reflect across the Y axis.
Sets an output called LVDS to its preferred mode, and on its right put an output called VGA to preferred mode of a screen which has been
physically rotated clockwise:
xrandr --output LVDS --auto --rotate normal --pos 0x0 --output VGA --auto --rotate left --right-of LVDS
Forces to use a 1024x768 mode on an output called VGA:
xrandr --newmode "1024x768" 63.50 1024 1072 1176 1328 768 771 775 798 -hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode VGA 1024x768
xrandr --output VGA --mode 1024x768
Enables panning on a 1600x768 desktop while displaying 1024x768 mode on an output called VGA:
xrandr --fb 1600x768 --output VGA --mode 1024x768 --panning 1600x0
Have one small 1280x800 LVDS screen showing a small version of a huge 3200x2000 desktop, and have a big VGA screen display the surrounding
of the mouse at normal size.
xrandr --fb 3200x2000 --output LVDS --scale 2.5x2.5 --output VGA --pos 0x0 --panning 3200x2000+0+0/3200x2000+0+0/64/64/64/64
Displays the VGA output in trapezoid shape so that it is keystone corrected when the projector is slightly above the screen:
xrandr --fb 1024x768 --output VGA --transform 1.24,0.16,-124,0,1.24,0,0,0.000316,1
Xrandr(3), cvt(1), xkeystone(1), xbacklight(1)
Keith Packard, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation. and Jim Gettys, Cambridge Research Laboratory, HP Labs, HP.
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