Multitouch X Driver
The Multitouch X Driver driver uses the kernel MT protocol to bring multi-touch gestures to the Linux desktop.

Available in the xf86-input-multitouch package, found in the mactel ppa.

  • sudo apt-get install xf86-input-multitouch
  • Restart X

To setup X to use your driver, add this to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    MatchIsTouchpad "true"
    Identifier "Multitouch Touchpad"
    Driver "multitouch"

Follow the development in this forum thread.

Please note that there are no configuration possibilities except modifying the code. Anyone interested in creating a parameter solution, get in touch. :-)


24MAR2012 - xf86-input-multitouch v1.0-rc3 released.

Contributed bugfixes.

21OCT2010 - xf86-input-multitouch released.

Support for Magic Trackpad, debian package available.

12OCT2010 - Multitouch v1.0-rc1 released.

Same functionality but uses the mtdev library.

Release schedule

alpha2 15APR2010
alpha3 15MAY2010
beta1 15JUN2010
rc1 12OCT2010
rc2 21OCT2010


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  • Henrik Rydberg (139)
  • Arturo Castro (4)
  • Dennis Jarosch (2)
  • Daniel Landau (1)
  • Harald Hoyer (1)
  • Andreas Nüsslein (1)
  • Mika Kuoppala (1)


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