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.

libinput is not used directly by applications. Think of it more as a device driver than an application library. See What is libinput? for more details.

Users and Developers

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API documentation

The API documentation is available here:


This documentation is generally only needed by authors of Wayland compositors or other developers dealing with input events directly.


libinput is licensed under the MIT license

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