3 finger gestures in ubuntu 16.04

Easy Peasy.

Install touchegg.


sudo apt install touchegg

To enable 3 finger and above touch in Ubuntu 16.04 (of course be sure your touchpad driver supports multitouch, or else upgrade your kernel)

Go to your home directory and create a .xprofile with the following content.


synclient ClickFinger3=0
synclient TapButton3=0
touchegg &

Now when you boot your laptop, you’ll be able to use gestures.

To configure the gestures, you can go to


sudo vi .config/touchegg/touchegg.conf

It’s a pretty self explanatory config file. But here’s some references.

touchegg actions

touchegg gestures

touchegg FAQ

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4 thoughts on “3 finger gestures in ubuntu 16.04

    • For cinnamon,
      the strange use case that worked for me was, if I once went into suspend, and then reran the touchegg script, that worked.

      But across different hardware these things have behaved differently it seems.

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