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Kivy Touch Tool

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This tool is a little Xorg service that provides a way to define multitouch gestures for Xorg UI control. It is based on Kivy for gesture detection and can run a variety of plugins to control the UI. You can easily configure your gestures using a json configuration file.

KiTT takes advantage of the awesome work done by the Kivy team on touch and gesture detection framework. Your mouse has to be detected by Kivy in order to work with KiTT, and thus shall exists as a known /dev/input/event? device.

And here I wrote a blog post about it!


To install the application, just get it from pipy:

pip install kitt

To run it at startup of Xorg, don’t forget to add kitt start in your .xinitrc or .xsession file!


Have a look at kivy specific configuration options

  • actions configuration file: config_actions.json

To add a new gesture and bind actions, you shall create a configuration file, either in the default path: ~/.kivy/kitt.json or a file you can specify using a command line option.

To configure, the file shall match the following format, be careful, every comma, quote or bracket is important:

    "engines": [],
    "actions": {
        "pinch_in"          : [],
        "pinch_out"         : [],
        "two_swipe_up"      : [],
        "two_swipe_down"    : [],
        "two_swipe_left"    : [],
        "two_swipe_right"   : [],
        "three_swipe_up"    : [],
        "three_swipe_down"  : [],
        "three_swipe_left"  : [],
        "three_swipe_right" : [],
        "four_swipe_up"     : [],
        "four_swipe_down"   : [],
        "four_swipe_left"   : [],
        "four_swipe_right"  : []

* The `engines` key can contain three plugins: `xlib`, `wnck` and `dbus`.
* The `action` key contains for each known common multitouch gesture the action to trigger,
that depends on the engine you use.
  • gestures configuration file: config_gestures.json:

        "move_down" : [],
        "move_up"   : [],
        "move_left" : [],
        "move_right": []
    • The gestures key contains the specific gestures for your touch device. To record them, you have to execute kitt as follows, and copy the long ununderstandable strings that it outputs for each gesture you want to record.

      kitt foreground -v

Here are the different actions available:

  • xlib engine: { “function”: “workspace”, “parameters”: { “direction”: “N” } }

switch current worskpace, N being the number of workspaces to jump over (can be a positive or negative number)

  "function": "keypress",
  "parameters": {
    "target": ["app1", "app2"],
    "keys": ["KEY1", "KEY2"]

executes a key stroke, which can be a combination of several keys (modifier keys, or input keys from the list below) the “target” attribute is one of the wm-class property of the window. It can be found when triggering the action on an unknown window, when in foreground mode.

{ "function": "mouseclick",
  "parameters": {
    "button": "ButtonN"

executes a click (can be either Button1, Button2, Button3, button4, Button5)

  • wnck engine:

    { “function”: “workspace_up”, parameters: {} }

switch to previous workspace

{ "function": "workspace_down", parameters: {} }

switch to next workspace

  • dbus engine:

    { “function”: “send_dbus”, “parameters”: { “service”: “name.of.the.service”, “path”: “/path/to/the/object”, “method”: “methodName” “parameters”: [“param1”, “param2”…] } }

call method on service service, object path object with all needed parameters


For development, you’ll need zc.buildout (apt-get install python-zc.buildout or pip install zc.buildout)

% git clone
% cd kitt
% buildout


To add a new gesture, or new way to interact, you can copy and base your work upon $SRC/kitt/ or The engine has a basic dbus interaction function.

Please fork the project, and send me back patches!


  • implement pinch_in/pinch_out features and other weird gestures ;

  • create a GUI, like BTT’s


This whole software is released under the GPLv3.


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