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xinput(1)		    General Commands Manual		     xinput(1)

       xinput -	utility	to configure and test X	input devices

       xinput [OPTIONS]	[DEVICE]

       xinput  is a utility to list available input devices, query information
       about a device and change input device settings.

	       Test if the X Input extension is	available and return the  ver-
	       sion  number  of	 the  program and the version supported	by the
	       server. This option does	not require a device name.

       --list [--short || --long || --name-only	|| --id-only] [device]
	       If no argument is given list all	the input devices. If an argu-
	       ment  is	 given,	show all the features of device.  If --long is
	       provided, the output includes detailed  information  about  the
	       capabilities  of	each devices. Otherwise, or if --short is pro-
	       vided, only the device names and	some  minimal  information  is
	       listed.	 If  --name-only is provided, the output is limited to
	       the device names. One device name is listed per line. Note that
	       the order the devices are listed	is undefined.  If --id-only is
	       provided, the output is limited to the device IDs.  One	device
	       ID  is  listed  per  line.  Note	that the order the devices are
	       listed is undefined.

       --get-feedbacks device
	       Display the feedbacks of	device.

       --set-pointer device
	       Switch device in	core pointer.  This option does	nothing	 on  X
	       servers 1.5 and later.

       --set-mode device ABSOLUTE|RELATIVE
	       Change the mode of device.

       --set-ptr-feedback device threshold num denom
	       Change the pointer acceleration (or feedback) parameters	of de-
	       vice.  The xset(1) man page has more details. For X.Org	Server
	       1.7  and	above, there are additional device properties pertain-
	       ing to pointer acceleration. These do not replace, but  comple-
	       ment the	pointer	feedback setting.

       --set-integer-feedback device index value
	       Change the value	of an integer feedback of device.

       --set-button-map	device map_button_1 [map_button_2 [...]]
	       Change  the button mapping of device. The buttons are specified
	       in physical order (starting with	button 1) and  are  mapped  to
	       the  logical  button provided. 0	disables a button. The default
	       button mapping for a device is 1	2 3 4 5	6 etc.

       --query-state device
	       Query the device	state.

       --list-props device [device [...]]
	       Lists properties	that can be set	for the	given device(s).

       --set-int-prop device property format value
	       Sets an integer property	for the	 device.   Appropriate	values
	       for  format are 8, 16, or 32, depending on the property.	Depre-
	       cated, use --set-prop instead.

       --set-float-prop	device property	value
	       Sets a float property for the device.  Deprecated,  use	--set-
	       prop instead.

       --set-prop  [--type=atom|float|int]  [--format=8|16|32] device property
       value [...]
	       Set the property	to the given value(s).	If not specified,  the
	       format  and type	of the property	are left as-is.	 The arguments
	       are interpreted according to the	 property  type.  See  Section

       --watch-props device
	       Prints to standard out when property changes occur.

       --delete-prop device property
	       Delete the property from	the device.

       --test [-proximity] device
	       Register	 all  extended events from device and enter an endless
	       loop displaying events received.	If the	-proximity  is	given,
	       ProximityIn and ProximityOut are	registered.

       --test-xi2 [--root] [device]
	       Register	 for a number of XI2 events and	display	them. If a de-
	       vice is given, only events on this  device  are	displayed.  If
	       --root  is  given, events are selected on the root window only.
	       Otherwise, a new	client window is created (similar to xev).

       --create-master prefix [sendCore] [enable]
	       Create a	new pair of master devices on  an  XI2-enabled	server
	       with  the  given	 prefix.  The  server  will  create one	master
	       pointer named "prefix pointer" and one  master  keyboard	 named
	       "prefix	keyboard".   If	sendCore is 1, this pair of master de-
	       vices is	set to send core events	(default).  If	enable	is  1,
	       this master device pair will be enabled immediately (default).

       --remove-master	master	[Floating|AttachToMaster] [returnPointer] [re-
	       Remove master  and its paired master device. Attached slave de-
	       vices are set floating if Floating is specified or the argument
	       is omitted.  If the second argument is AttachToMaster,  return-
	       Pointer specifies the master pointer to attach all slave	point-
	       ers to and returnKeyboard specifies the master keyboard to  at-
	       tach all	slave keyboards	to.

       --reattach slave	master
	       Reattach	slave to master.

       --float slave
	       Remove slave from its current master device.

       --set-cp	window master
	       Set  the	 ClientPointer for the client owning window to master.
	       master must specify a master pointer.

       --map-to-output device crtc
	       Restricts the movements of the absolute	device	to  the	 RandR
	       crtc.  The  output name must match a currently connected	output
	       (see xrandr(1)).	If the NVIDIA binary  driver  is  detected  or
	       RandR  1.2  or later is not available, a	Xinerama output	may be
	       specified as "HEAD-N", with N being the Xinerama	screen number.
	       This option has no effect on relative devices.

       --enable	device
	       Enable the device. This call is equivalent to xinput --set-prop
	       device "Device Enabled" 1

       --disable device
	       Disable the device. This	call is	equivalent  to	xinput	--set-
	       prop device "Device Enabled" 0

       device can be the device	name as	a string or the	XID of the device.

       slave can be the	device name as a string	or the XID of a	slave device.

       master  can  be	the device name	as a string or the XID of a master de-

       property	can be the property as a string	or the Atom value.

       When xinput should modify an existing driver property value, it is suf-
       ficient	to  provide  the device	name and property name as string, fol-
       lowed by	the new	value(s) of the	property. For example:

	      xinput set-prop "my device" "my prop" 1 2	3

       Xwayland	is an X	server that uses  a  Wayland  Compositor  as  backend.
       Xwayland	 acts as translation layer between the X protocol and the Way-
       land protocol but does not have direct access to	the  hardware.	The  X
       Input Extension devices created by Xwayland ("xwayland-pointer",	"xway-
       land-keyboard", etc.) map to the	Wayland	protocol devices, not to phys-
       ical devices.

       These  X	 Input	Extension  devices are only visible to other X clients
       connected to the	same Xwayland process. Changing	properties on Xwayland
       devices	only  affects the behavior of those clients. For example, dis-
       abling an Xwayland device with xinput does not disable  the  device  in
       Wayland-native  applications.  Other changes may	not have any effect at

       In most instances, using	xinput with an Xwayland	device	is  indicative
       of  a  bug  in  a shell script and xinput will print a warning. Use the
       Wayland Compositor's native device configuration	methods	instead.

       X(7), xset(1), xrandr(1)

       Copyright 1996,1997, Frederic Lepied.

       Copyright 2007, Peter Hutterer.

       Copyright 2008, Philip Langdale.

       Copyright 2009-2011, Red	Hat, Inc.

       Peter Hutterer <>
       Philip Langdale,	<>
       Frederic	Lepied,	France <>
       Julien Cristau <>
       Thomas Jaeger <>
       and more.

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