How To Disable Tablet Touch Bamboo

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Hello folks, good morning

Today I’ll show you how to disable Bamboo tablet touch, with this feature enable you will be able to control the cursos using your finger, this is interesting BUT when you need to any artistic work will be painful, then let’s do it.

First, let’s check your environment and what is the equipment that you have

[[email protected] ~]# lsusb | grep -i wacom
Bus 002 Device 013: ID 056a:00de Wacom Co., Ltd CTH-470 [Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch]
[[email protected] ~]#

xsetwacom is the application that will help you a lot

[[email protected] ~]# xsetwacom 
Usage: xsetwacom [options] [command [arguments...]]
 -h, --help                 - usage
 -v, --verbose              - verbose output
 -V, --version              - version info
 -d, --display "display"    - override default display
 -s, --shell                - generate shell commands for 'get'
 -x, --xconf                - generate xorg.conf lines for 'get'

 --list devices             - display detected devices
 --list parameters          - display supported parameters
 --list modifiers           - display supported modifier and specific keys for keystrokes
 --set "device name" parameter [values...] - set device parameter by name
 --get "device name" parameter [param...]  - get current device parameter(s) value by name
[[email protected] ~]#

Below let’s list all devices connected

[[email protected] ~]$ xsetwacom --list devices
Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger touch	id: 15	type: TOUCH     
Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger pad	id: 16	type: PAD       
Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Pen stylus	id: 17	type: STYLUS    
Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Pen eraser	id: 18	type: ERASER    
[[email protected] ~]$

Below we can see the parameter that we need update

[[email protected] ~]# xsetwacom --list parameters | grep ^Touch
Touch            - Turns on/off Touch events (default is on). 
[[email protected] ~]#

Bellow command to disable Touch feature, then after that feel free to use your pen without issues on Linux.

# xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger touch" Touch off

And with command below you will be able to check what is the actual configuration

[[email protected] ~]$ xsetwacom --get "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger touch" Touch 
[[email protected] ~]$

NOTE: This command will be lost if you restart the computer, the to keep permanent I’ll show 2 ways.

  1. Add command above your your local script just to be executed everytime your machine start


  1. Check steps below
    • We got our tablet model with command xsetwacom –list devices
    • rpm -qa | grep wacom to see Wacom packages related
       [[email protected] ~]# rpm -qa | grep wacom
       [[email protected] ~]#
    • Checking on data package, let’s looking for information about bamboo and tablets
       [[email protected] ~]# rpm -ql libwacom-data-0.12-1.el7.noarch | grep bam | grep tablet
       [[email protected] ~]#
    • In our case the model is 16fg, then let’s update the file /usr/share/libwacom/bamboo-16fg-4x5.tablet
    • Inside this file, change the parameter Touch from true to false, then restart the computer and the new configuration will be ok.

So hope this trick help you in your environment, after do this feel free to use your tablet with Gimp or InkScape.

Have a good one. Waldirio