Wacom Tablets

If you are running Ubuntu 18.04 with the GNOME or Budgie desktop environments, you have a Wacom control panel already. If you’re on Ubuntu MATE 18.04, or a number of other Ubuntu distros, you may not have a Wacom control panel at all. In any case, some graphics tablet settings are hidden on all systems.

CEO/Lead Developer Jason C. McDonald wrote a few scripts for controlling Wacom tablet settings. These are likely to be useful on any Ubuntu system.

Official documentation and information is available on each script’s GitHub repository.

Installing Wacom Scripts

We will install all of the special Wacom scripts from their respective GitHub repositories.

$ sudo apt install pcregrep
$ cd /usr/local/bin
$ sudo wget https://github.com/CodeMouse92/WacomRotate/raw/master/wacomrotate
$ sudo wget https://github.com/CodeMouse92/WacomTouchToggle/raw/master/wacomtouch
$ sudo wget https://github.com/CodeMouse92/WacomDisplayMap/raw/master/wacommap
$ sudo chmod +x wacom*

You can now run any of the scripts directly in the terminal.

Using Wacom Scripts

Touch Toggle

If your Wacom tablet doubles as a touchpad, you’ll often want to disable this feature before you start drawing. That way, your hand won’t throw off your pen.

Turning touch off is simple. In a terminal, run…

$ wacomtouch off

To turn it back on, run…

$ wacomtouch on

Display Map

Ubuntu and Linux Mint offer control panels to map your tablet to a particular monitor. On Ubuntu MATE and many other distros, however, you must do this via the command line.

Simply run…

$ wacommap

When prompted, select a display. LVDS is usually your laptop screen, while VGA or HDMI is an external monitor. Just enter the number for the display you want to map to.


If you want to use your tablet in any orientation other than its default, you can rotate it via script.

Run one of the following commands in the terminal, depending on what you want…

# Set to portrait mode.
$ wacomrotate p

# Set to left-hand landscape mode (opposite the default)
$ wacomrotate lf

# Set to upside-down portrait mode.
$ wacomrotate pf

# Set back to the default.
$ wacomrotate l