Enabling Multi-touch Gestures on Lenovo Thinkpad 2nd gen x1 with Ubuntu 14.04

I recently set-up multi-touch on my lenovo x1 2nd gen and got it to work (pinch and zoom, one-finger drag) on Chrome and Chromium, although not the (sadly less-featured right now) Firefox.

My  post on askubuntu.com follows.

Touchegg  (sudo apt-get install touchegg)  works for me — however apparently not on Firefox or Chrome, only on Chromium, do the multi-touch gestures work for me (out-of-the-box).

On Chromium, I can one-finger drag (on-screen touch, not touchpad), two finger scroll (touchpad), pinch and zoom (on-screen touch).

See: Firefox bug, http://askubuntu.com/a/664898/67349

To fix chrome, I had to follow both answers at Chrome + Touchscreen + Unity (14.04)


  • Navigate to chrome://flags/#touch-events and
  • set Enable touch events Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS to enabled.
  • I also set “Enable pinch scale. Windows, Linux, Chrome OS” to enabled (instead of default).

Second, I needed to start google chrome and tell it which device.

$ xinput list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen                          id=9    [slave  pointer  (2)]
$ google chrome --touch-devices=2

My Setup

  • ubuntu 14.04
  • lenovo 2nd gen x1.
  • Chromium: Version 43.0.2357.130 Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit)
  • Chrome: Version 43.0.2357.134 (64-bit)
  • Firefox: 40.0

My ~/.config/touchegg/touchegg.conf if it’s useful: http://pastebin.com/qGexA1gB