libinput provides device detection, device handling, input device event processing and abstraction to minimize the amount of custom input code compositors need to provide the common set of functionality that users expect.
Support for Event interface (CONFIG_INPUT_EVDEV) needs to be enabled in the kernel:
Device Drivers ---> Input device support ---> <*> Event interface
USE flags for dev-libs/libinput
In order to enable actions gestures on the touchpad using the libinput driver, follow the install notes from the official project page on GitHub.
Remember to install the required dependencies:
emerge --ask x11-misc/xdotool x11-misc/wmctrl
To check if it is presently activated, run:
portageq envvar INPUT_DEVICES
If not, add it to the INPUT_DEVICES variable:
After setting the INPUT_DEVICES variable remember to update the system using the following command so the changes take effect:
emerge --ask --changed-use --deep @world
By default, when libinput is the only available input driver for Xorg, no additional configuration is needed. Simply (re)start the graphical environment for the changes to take effect.
When multiple drivers are available on the system, Xorg must be instructed to use libinput before trying to use other input drivers. This can be simply performed by symlinking the 40-libinput.conf file into the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ directory:
ln -s /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/
If the 40-libinput.conf will be edited, it is better to copy the file to the configuration directory:
cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/
Xorg gives priority to the files in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ directory.
(Re)start the graphical environment for the changes to take effect.
Many users will desire the native 'tap-to-click" behavior for laptops with modern touchpads. Add the following Option lines to Xorg's libinput configuration section:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "libinput touchpad catchall" MatchIsTouchpad "on" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Option "Tapping" "True" Option "TappingDrag" "True" Driver "libinput" EndSection
Touchpad natural scrolling
Natural scrolling (swipe up on touchpad - content goes up and scrollbar goes down) can be achieved by adding the following options to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf file:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "libinput touchpad catchall" MatchIsTouchpad "on" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Option "NaturalScrolling" "True" Driver "libinput" EndSection
Of course, multiple options can be combined without needing to create a new Section each time.
A permanent reduction of pointer acceleration:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "libinput pointer catchall" MatchIsPointer "on" Driver "libinput" Option "TransformationMatrix" "0.90 0 0 0 0.90 0 0 0 1" EndSection
It is also possible to disable the acceleration completely:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "Thinkpad TouchPad" # See the result of 'xinput list' MatchProduct "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" Driver "libinput" Option "AccelProfile" "flat" EndSection
More information under xorg.conf manual page.
The corresponding real-time test can be done using xinput. For example, for a Logitech G300s mouse :
Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ↳ Logitech G300s Optical Gaming Mouse id=10 [slave pointer (2)]
xinput list-props 10
Device 'Logitech G300s Optical Gaming Mouse': Coordinate Transformation Matrix (155): 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000
xinput set-prop 10 155 0.90 0 0 0 0.90 0 0 0 1
To list the available input devices:
For detailed information see the libinput-list-devices(1) man page.
Error: No module named 'libevdev' One or more python modules are missing. Please install those modules and re-run this tool.
More details man 1 libinput-replay
Usage: libinput measure [--help] <feature> [/dev/input/event0]
More details man 1 libinput-measure
Removing another input driver from INPUT_DEVICES does not prevent Xorg from loading it
This issue can occur in a variety of situations, but it is most prominent when migrating from evdev to libinput.
Be sure the x11-drivers/xf86-input-evdev package is no longer installed on the system. If /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf exists then Xorg will still reference it.
Verify the evdev driver is no longer referenced anywhere by Portage (check make.conf and package.use), then depclean the system:
emerge --ask --depclean
Gnome overriding touchpad settings after system upgrade
As per this stack exchange post, recent versions (> 3.30.2 confirmed) of gnome override trackpad/touchpad options in X.org configuration. This can for instance cause right-click to stop working. These settings are not visible in the usual settings menu - you need to use gnome-tweak-tool and look under 'Keyboard & Mouse' to change default behavior.
- Wayland — a simpler and modern replacement for X display server.
- Xorg — an open source implementation of the X Window System.
- "This is the libinput API reference"
- Gentoo forums discussion on libinput
- Arch Linux wiki article on libinput
- profiles: Switch default INPUT_DEVICES to libinput on Linux.