Pythonic API to Linux uinput module
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Latest commit befe94a Sep 18, 2016 @tuomasjjrasanen Release 0.11.2



Python-uinput is Python interface to Linux uinput kernel module which allows attaching userspace device drivers into kernel. In practice, Python-uinput makes it dead simple to create virtual joysticks, keyboards and mice for generating arbitrary input events programmatically.


Usage examples

Generate keyboard clicks

import uinput

with uinput.Device([uinput.KEY_E, uinput.KEY_H,
                    uinput.KEY_L, uinput.KEY_O]) as device:

Move mouse cursor

import uinput

with uinput.Device([uinput.REL_X, uinput.REL_Y,
                    uinput.BTN_LEFT, uinput.BTN_RIGHT]) as device:
    for i in range(20):
        device.emit(uinput.REL_X, 5)
        device.emit(uinput.REL_Y, 5)

Generate keyboard combinations

import uinput

with uinput.Device([uinput.KEY_LEFTALT, uinput.KEY_TAB]) as device:
    device.emit_combo([uinput.KEY_LEFTALT, uinput.KEY_TAB])

See examples/ for other kind of example devices (keyboard, joystick).

Note that you must have the uinput kernel module loaded to use python-uinput. To load the module, run:

modprobe -i uinput

If you would like to have uinput to be loaded on every sytem boot, add uinput to /etc/modules.

How to install

Just run the following commands:

python build
python install

How to report bugs

The bug database is hosted in GitHub. If you have found a bug or have an improvement idea you want to share, please report it at <>. However, to avoid duplicate bug reports, before reporting, please check if similar or identical bug has already been reported. If so, you can still subscribe to the existing bug to track its progress.

How to contribute

In addition to reporting bugs and improvement suggestions, you are encouraged to contribute bug-fixes or features. The source code is maintained in Git and the main repository is hosted at GitHub, <>. The preferred way to contribute code is to clone the main Git repository and send a pull-request. Good old patches via email are also accepted.

How to copy

Python-uinput is free (libre) software and licensed under the terms of GNU Public License version 3 or later. In short, it means that you are free to copy, modify and redistribute this software as long as you place the derivative work under a compatible license. See COPYING for details.