Xcursorgen is a tool that allows for creation of cursor files to be used with Xorg. Cursor can be created from png files.
Install the xorg-xcursorgen package.
By default, the user has to supply two files to xcursorgen:
- a square image file saved as png
- a configuration
Xcursorgen takes two arguments: the configuration file and an output path.
The configuration file must at least contain the following, space-delimited values:
- image size in pixels
hotx: the x coordinate of the pointer's tip
hoty: the y coordinate of the pointer's tip
- file name
Suppose there is an image file named
red.png of 32x32 pixels. Save this configuration file alongside:
32 2 4 red.png
$ xcursorgen red.cursor default
This will create the cursor as
default which can later on be used with xorg.
The pointer's tip is located in the upper left.
Animated cursors are created from multiple image files. For animated cursors copy the configuration line for each image file and specify a delay in milliseconds for each frame:
32 2 4 anim01.png 50 32 2 4 anim02.png 50 32 2 4 anim03.png 50 32 2 4 anim04.png 50
Installing created cursor files
If only some cursors of an already existing cursor theme should be changed, create a custom directory in
Create this file inside the folder:
[Icon Theme] Name = <name> Comment = <comment> Example = default Inherits = <the old cursor theme>
Note that the
<name> has to be the same as the directory name.
Next, copy the cursor file created from
xcursorgen into a subdirectory
cursors, e. g.:
RedCursors/ |── cursors | |── default | └── xterm └── index.theme
Now, configure your system to use this newly created cursor theme. Note that most applications have to be restarted to use the new cursor theme.
For more information, refer to Manual Cursor theme installation.