Touchpad gestures in ubuntu 18.04 lts
Out of the box i receive gestures for scrolling and right-clicking I'm very interested in three finger gestures (like slide three fingers up to see all open windows), but it seems there is no way to get those working.
I have tried with the Extended Gestures GNOME-shell extension and touchegg, neither of which are working.
What would be a good way to get these?
I am using XPS 15 with Ubuntu 18.04 (X.org). I managed to get multi-gestures working for me Kohei yamada has developed an application called fusuma to enable multitouch gestures on linux You need to install ruby on your computer if it is not already installed
Follow the instructions from fusuma GitHub's Readme page or you could follow these steps which worked for me.
To start with make sure that your current user belongs to the input group You can do that by
groups $USER | grep -w input # To check sudo gpasswd -a $USER input # To add
You'll log out and then login back Now install xdotool and libinput-tools.
sudo apt install libinput-tools sudo apt install xdotool
If you haven't installed ruby you can do this now
sudo apt install ruby
Now install fusuma
sudo gem install fusuma
Deciding your gestures
This is basically creating a
.yml file with the desired configuration. If you want to do standard gestures you can follow these instructions or feel free to tweak to get desired gestures
Go to your setup folder in the home directory
Now create a folder named
mkdir fusuma cd fusuma
In there create a file called
Now you can use your favourite text editor to enter the contents of this file
Copy and paste the following instructions if you are using GNOME, which is the default environment in 18.04.
swipe: 3: left: command: 'xdotool key alt+Right' right: command: 'xdotool key alt+Left' up: command: 'xdotool key super' down: command: 'xdotool key super' 4: left: command: 'xdotool key ctrl+alt+Down' right: command: 'xdotool key ctrl+alt+Up' up: command: 'xdotool key ctrl+alt+Down' down: command: 'xdotool key ctrl+alt+Up' pinch: in: command: 'xdotool key ctrl+plus' out: command: 'xdotool key ctrl+minus' threshold: swipe: 0.4 pinch: 0.4 interval: swipe: 0.8 pinch: 0.1
Please note that the gestures commissioned by this configuration are the following
Mult-touch Gesture → Action
3 Fingers - Left → Go Next on Browser
3 Fingers - Right → Go Back on Browser
3 Fingers - Up → Show all Windows
3 Fingers - Down → Close Exposé (Esc
4 Fingers - Left → Next Deskto
4 Fingers - Right → Previous Desktop
4 Fingers - Up → Next Desktop
4 Fingers - Down → Previous Deskto
After this you can run the command in terminal to test if it has installed
nothing will happen in the terminal. Start using multi-touch gestures - swipe away on your touchpad
Now all you have to do is add fusuma and the command for it to your start-up applications