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The xf86-input-wacom driver is the wacom-specific X11 input driver for the X.Org X Server version 1.7 and later (X11R7.5 or later). To work properly, it requires that a Wacom kernel driver is installed (from either input-wacom or linuxwacom).


Distribution Support

Many distributions include xf86-input-wacom and a properly patched kernel out of the box. In many cases, you can upgrade xf86-input-wacom without needing to build anything. The following distributions ship xf86-input-wacom:

  • Arch Linux
  • Debian Squeeze and later
  • Fedora 12 and later
  • Gentoo
  • OpenSuse 10.3 and later
  • Ubuntu 10.04 and later

In addition, some pre-built snapshots of the git repository may be available for your distribution. If you just want to test a newer driver than is available in your distribution's official repository without building anything yourself, try these:

Getting the Source

We recommend to use git to get the source straight from the repository

git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/linuxwacom/xf86-input-wacom
cd xf86-input-wacom

Alternatively, grab the latest release from the downloads page and unpack it with:

tar jxf xf86-input-wacom-<version number>.tar.bz2
cd xf86-input-wacom-<version-number>

Configuring the Build

Tip: The INSTALL file in the driver tarball provides detailed build instructions

We provide a helper script autogen.sh that wraps the autotools steps. First make sure you have the following tools installed: gcc, automake, autoconf, libtool and make.

If you are building from git, then run autogen.sh:

./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib        # on 32-bit install
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64      # on 64 bit install

If you are building from a tarball, then run configure instead:

./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib        # on 32-bit install
./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64      # on 64 bit install

The scripts check whether the required dependencies are installed. If any are missing, you need to install the dependencies, either from your distribution's packaging system or from the respective project's releases. Once installed, re-run the command.

Both prefix and libdir options cover the common Linux distributions but there is a small chance that your distribution needs different prefixes or libdirs. The easiest way to check is to search for a file named evdev_drv.so. If it is in /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/input or /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input, then the above commands should work for you. If you have an X server tree outside of your system tree, adjust the prefix accordingly.

Note that if you configured with a prefix of /usr you will overwrite your distribution's install. We recommend that use the same build flags as your distribution does if you are trying to replace the distribution-installed version of the driver with the version from git.

  • Fedora: select the latest build for your version and look at the build.log. Search for the configure line and copy everything from that line.

Building the Driver

When the step above has finished, you can build and install the driver with the following commands.

make install # may require sudo/root


After installing the driver, you'll need to restart the driver by logging out. In addition, it may be necessary to configure X before you can use your tablet. See the configuring X page for more information.

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