Gestikk – mouse gesture recognition in Ubuntu

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gestikk provides mouse gestures for you, supporting many linux window managers. With gestikk, you can easily control your PC by drawing gestures with the mouse: mouse gestures. Gestikk allows to define an infinite number of gestures, which start applications or simulate key presses. Versions >= 0.5 uses PyGTK for GUI and python-virtkey for keypresses.

Gestikk Features

  • On-Screen and on-the-fly gesture painting
  • powerful condition parsing => define one gesture, but multiple actions
  • gesture notifications (ballontip / on-screen-display)
  • a better gesture recognition algorithm

Install gestikk in Ubuntu Hardy

First you need to download gestikk .deb package from here


Now you have gestikk_0.6-0ubuntu1_all.deb package install .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i gestikk_0.6-0ubuntu1_all.deb

If you get the following error at the time of installation

Selecting previously deselected package gestikk.
(Reading database ... 119493 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking gestikk (from gestikk_0.6-0ubuntu1_all.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gestikk:
gestikk depends on python-kiwi; however:
Package python-kiwi is not installed.
gestikk depends on python-pyparsing (>= 1.4.7); however:
Package python-pyparsing is not installed.
dpkg: error processing gestikk (--install):
dependency problems -- leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

Use the following command to fix

sudo apt-get -f install

This will complete the installation

Using Gestikk

If you want to start gestikk use the following command from your terminal



if you want to configuration menu use the following command

gestikk -c

Once it opens you should see similar to the following icon in your notification area

If you want to configure you need to right click and select preferences

Now you can see similar to the following screen where you can configure gesture switch,Tolerance etc

You can add your own gestures here

OSD options

Notification options

Sample gesture screen

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10 Responses

  1. lefty.crupps says:

    Wow what a cool little app — I’ve never considered Firefox’s mouse gestures addon to be anything extremely useful, while those who use it swear by it — but controlling the whole OS seems oh so very handy! Does this work in KDE? That is my main question, as nothing is worth the switch to Gnome.

    I was not able to install this .deb onto my Debian Lenny computer, due to that I am missing “python-virtkey”; I will go off looking for this now.

    Are the gesture files stored individually, making them ideal to be swapped with friends, etc? Or is it all in a single file, easier for backups but difficult to swap gestures? An online community could be built around various gestures, but I would imagine that after a while there are limits to what one would want to do with gestures…

  2. Alfonso FR says:

    Ahh, this reminds me of the wonderful Peter moulineaux’s videogame Black & White. If it only was combined with the starry mouse cursor in Compiz, and some presets were previoudly defined… (And if I was God…)

  3. Dauerbaustelle (gestikk-developer) says:

    1. python-virtkey can also be found und launchpad:
    2. gestikk works with nearly every windowmanager, including KWin, Fluxbox, Openbox…
    3. gesture import and export will be included in next (0.7) gestikk version

    Is there someone german-speaking who could translate our manual in english? My english isn’t that good….:)

    Have fun with gestikk!

  4. Armen says:

    Lefty, KDE has mouse gestures built in. You can configure them in the KDE control center under “input actions”.

  5. Rohit says:

    Installed without error but having runtime error as follows..

    rohit@rohit-desktop:~$ gestikk
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/gestikk”, line 30, in
    import as gtools
    ImportError: No module named

    How do I correct it ??

  6. kdas says:

    I have exactly the same problem. Using Karmic x64,gestikk seems to be stored in /usr/lib64/python2.5/site-packages I guess that could be sort of related to the problem… no idea though 😉

  7. cgates says:

    Download server appears to be offline, can I get the .deb file emailed to me??? Thanks.

  8. Khaled Gomaa says:

    i cant connect to the download page to download the .deb fil i don know y any suggestions???

  9. sainth says:

    I have the same problem as Khaled Gomaa… Could somebody please help?

  10. Rob says:

    I have same problem as Rohit.

    Installed python-kiwi 1.9.22-2 and pyparsing 1.5.2-2ubuntu1.

    Tested on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS with Python 2.7.3

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