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Touchegg is a multitouch gesture program, that runs as a user in the background, recognizes gestures, translates them to more conventional types of events and/or performs custom actions in response to them.


Install toucheggAUR package. Alternatively, it is also available at touchegg-gitAUR. A qt5 version can be found at touchegg-qt5AUR[broken link: package not found]

Touchegg comes with its own minimal GUI, but you can also install touchegg-gce-gitAUR - Touchegg-GCE (GUI configuration editor).


The configuration file is found in ~/.config/touchegg/touchegg.conf.

It is a basic XML file that defines various gestures. Please note that at this time TAP_AND_HOLD, PINCH, and ROTATE, do not appear to work.

The list of triggers can be found here.

The list of actions can be found here.

Gnome Shell

Very basic so far. This should give you basic functionality. Hopefully we can update this for complete application support.

Edit ~/.config/touchegg/touchegg.conf, add this:

<gesture type="DRAG" fingers="1" direction="ALL">
    <action type="DRAG_AND_DROP">BUTTON=1</action>

and then edit this entry:

<gesture type="DRAG" fingers="2" direction="ALL">
    <action type="SCROLL">SPEED=7:INVERTED=true</action>

Start on login

  1. Hit alt-f2;
  2. Type gnome-session-properties;
  3. Hit add;
  4. In the box labeled "Command" type touchegg. Fill in "Name" and "Label" as you choose;
  5. Hit OK.
Note: gnome-session-properties has been removed from gnome 3.12. Currently, you can install gnome-session-propertiesAUR from the AUR. See more details in the BBS thread

Alternatively, you can modify your .xprofile:

touchegg &