libinput is a library that provides a full input stack for display servers and other applications that need to handle input devices provided by the kernel.

libinput provides device detection, event handling and abstraction so minimize the amount of custom input code the user of libinput need to provide the common set of functionality that users expect. Input event processing includes scaling touch coordinates, generating relative pointer events from touchpads, pointer acceleration, etc.

User documentation

Documentation explaining features available in libinput is available here.

This includes the FAQ and the instructions on reporting bugs.


libinput is not used directly by applications. Think of it more as a device driver than an application library. It is used by the xf86-input-libinput X.Org driver or Wayland compositors. The typical software stack for a system running Wayland is:


The Wayland compositor may be Weston, mutter, KWin, etc. Note that Wayland encourages the use of toolkits, so the Wayland client (your application) does not usually talk directly to the compositor but rather employs a toolkit (e.g. GTK) to do so. The Wayland client does not know whether libinput is in use.

The simplified software stack for a system running X.Org is:


libinput is not employed directly by the X server but by the xf86-input-libinput driver instead. That driver is loaded by the server on demand, depending on the xorg.conf.d configuration snippets. The X client does not know whether libinput is in use.

Source code

The source code of libinput can be found at:

For a list of current and past releases visit:

Build instructions:

Reporting Bugs

Bugs can be filed on GitLab:

Where possible, please provide the libinput record output of the input device and/or the event sequence in question.

See Reporting bugs for more info.


Examples of how to use libinput are the debugging tools in the libinput repository. Developers are encouraged to look at those tools for a real-world (yet simple) example on how to use libinput.


libinput is licensed under the MIT license.

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See the COPYING file for the full license information.