Section: User Commands (1)
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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 restarts.
- -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.
Allowed commands are
The command may be specified with or without one or two preceding
is equivalent to
- list devices
List known devices. Only input devices managed by the wacom
driver are listed.
- list parameters
List known parameters. List all parameters suitable for the
command. Note that not all parameters are available on all device types.
- list modifiers
List the aliases for modifiers and other keys that can be used when setting
button action mappings.
- 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:
- -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.
- 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 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 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.
The "key" keyword is following by a list of key names. These can optionally
be preceded by "+" for press and "-" for release. If +/- is not given,
press-and-release is assumed, except for modifier keys which are left pressed.
Key names can be X11 KeySyms or some aliases such as 'shift' or 'f1' (the
full list can be seen with the
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".
The "button" keyword is similar except that its arguments are X11 button
The "modetoggle" keyword is also recognized; it takes no arguments,
and toggles the device mode between relative and absolute pointer tracking.
The events in the action mapping are sent when the physical button is pressed.
If the action mapping leaves any buttons or keys pressed (such as a modifier
key), they will be released when the physical button is released.
Multiple keywords may be present in one action if desired: for example
"key +ctrl button 5 key -ctrl". Each keyword takes all arguments until the
A maximum of 256 presses and/or releases can be specified in an action mapping.
The driver can only simulate physical key events but not keysyms and
xsetwacom translates the mapping sequence into such events. Thus,
symbols on the same physical 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 keyboard. For example,
a exclamation mark is entered by the sequence of "key +shift 1 -shift".
- 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.
- 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.
- Touch on|off
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.
- HWTouchSwitchState on|off
If on, it means touch switch is turned off. That is, touch events are reported
to userland. If off, touch switch is turned on, i.e., touch events are ignored.
This is a read-only parameter. Initial touch switch state is retrieved from the
kernel when X driver starts.
- 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.
- PressureRecalibration on|off
If the initial pressure of a device is != 0 the driver recalibrates
the pressure range. This is to account for worn out devices.
The downside is that when the user hits the tablet very hard the
initial pressure reading may be unequal to zero even for a perfectly
good pen. If the consecutive pressure readings are not higher than
the initial pressure by a threshold no button event will be generated.
This option allows to disable the recalibration. Default: on
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- GENERAL OPTIONS
- LIST COMMANDS
- GET COMMANDS
- SET COMMANDS
- SEE ALSO