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We switched from the old website to a MediaWiki. During the transition period, the old website is still available here.


Our sourceforge project page can be found at https://sourceforge.net/projects/linuxwacom.

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. For your tablet to work, you need two pieces:

  • kernel drivers: The kernel driver converts the hardware-specific protocol (serial or USB) into the standard kernel events. These events can then easily be read by user-space applications without requiring (too much) hardware-specific knowledge. We try to upstream our kernel drivers as quickly as possible and hence these drivers are usually included in your distribution kernel. We have alternative kernel patches available for those that are bound to a specific kernel version (see Downloads).
  • X.Org X11 driver: The X driver splits the device into multiple subdevices, usually one for the stylus, one for the eraser, one for touch, etc. These devices then allow applications like the GIMP to access extended functionality like pressure and high-resolution coordinates. The X drivers are released often and usually packaged by distributions. If you require a newer version (or you are stuck with an old X server), please see our Downloads page for other options.

For more information about the bits and pieces provided, read the History of the Linux Wacom Project


For a list of files available, please visit the Downloads page.

User help

Click here for a list of HOWTOs.

HOWTOs that apply to the legacy linuxwacom driver and 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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