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The Linux Wacom Project

The Linux Wacom Project manages the drivers, libraries, and documentation for configuring and running Wacom tablets under the Linux operating system. It contains diagnostic applications as well as updated kernel drivers and XFree86/X.Org X input drivers. Currently, the Linux Wacom Project provides two packages:

  • xf86-input-wacom: the X11 input driver for X Servers 1.7 and later (X11R7.5)
  • linuxwacom: a combined package of kernel patches (backports!) and the X11 input driver for X Servers up to including 1.6.

Please read Wacom Support in Linux first for a better understanding of the difference between linuxwacom and xf86-input-wacom. We also have a list of Supported Devices.

So, what do I need?

On most desktop distributions, you need xf86-input-wacom as your X driver. Note that distributions usually already ship a version of xf86-input-wacom in their repositories. Kernel patches for Wacom devices, if they have been submitted upstream, will also likely be available in your distribution's kernel.

If your device is not supported by the current kernel and no Wacom patches are pending, you may be lucky with the linuxwacom kernel patches. Note that these apply outside of your distribution and you will need to re-install each time you update your distribution kernel.

User help

Click here for a list of HOWTOs.

Note that because linuxwacom is not necessarily available in modern distributions anymore, HOWTOs and other information that apply to the linuxwacom tarballs are available separately here. If you run a modern distribution, you will not need this.

The most commonly asked questions and the best answers available to date are in the FAQ. If you still have problem, please check Trackers to see if someone else has reported the issue or has a patch for the problem.

Mailing lists

The Linux Wacom Project provides three mailing lists:

The archives for these lists are also useful for searching problems you are encountering.


The official linuxwacom IRC channel is #linuxwacom on irc.freenode.net. It is recommended if you ask questions there that you also ask them on the mailing list. Please be patient if you ask a question on IRC. People are not always watching the channel.


Please see the DeveloperPages for development-related information.


For recent announcements, please read the linuxwacom-announce mailinglist.


Please see the FAQ for more details.

Editing the wiki

If you want to edit this wiki, please create a user account and email peter.hutterer at who-t net to be assigned editor rights. User rights management is unfortunately manual. When editing, please follow the WikiEditingGuidelines.

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