Toggling X Input

Brandon Rozek

January 7, 2020

On X, we can easily enable or disable input devices using the xinput command. This is a great use case when you’re tired of accidentally hitting the red Thinkpad nub or having your palm be recognized when drawing with a pen.

Running the xinput command performs the action temporarily. Your default settings will be restored upon a reboot.

To list xinput devices run:

xinput

To disable a device:

xinput disable [id]

To enable a device:

xinput enable [id]

The ids are listed when you list the devices.

To query whether the device is enabled or disabled:

xinput --list-props [id] | grep "Device Enabled" | awk '{ print $NF }'

This will return $1$ or $0$ depending on if its enabled or not respectively.