How do I install Touchégg on Fedora 20?

https://code.google.com/p/touchegg/wiki/CompileSourceCode seems to be written for Ubuntu (Debian) systems, which makes me confused;

1 - Download and unzip the source code:

No problems. Just do what it says.

2 - Install Touchégg dependencies. In Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and recent open a terminal and type:

$ sudo apt-get build-dep touchegg

How do I do this in Fedora? Or, if necessary, how do I do the alternative version "sudo apt-get install build-essential libqt4-dev utouch libgeis-dev libx11-6 libxtst-dev" in Fedora?

3 - Compile and install Touchégg:
$ qmake
$ make
$ sudo make install

I didn't get this far, but can I do exactly as it says? Do qmake, make and make install exist in Fedora and work as in Ubuntu/Debian?

  • Can you be more specific? How does code.google.com/p/touchegg/wiki/CompileSourceCode not provide enough information?
    – Bernhard
    Jun 20, 2014 at 21:47
  • The guide seems to be for Ubuntu (Debian), and I don't know how to apt-get build-dep touchegg in Fedora, what additional packages I need or even how to compile and install (I'm very new to Fedora).
    – lindhe
    Jun 20, 2014 at 21:54
  • You should do a source build (using v.1.1.1 currently at the top of this list); there's a link inside the README to here. If you have problems with that, you can ask more specific questions.
    – goldilocks
    Jun 21, 2014 at 1:20
  • If you don't know how to build programs from source, better stay well away from this until you know a lot more about your system. "Just install <foo> (from source)" is very rarely the best option.
    – vonbrand
    Jun 22, 2014 at 2:02
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    Great idea! Let's stay away from this until I magically know how to do it! :)
    – lindhe
    Jun 22, 2014 at 12:44

3 Answers 3


Try this link: https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/mhoeher/multitouch/ It gives a repository that you can pull from using dnf and includes all the dependancies needed.


I don't think you will have too much luck doing this, but lets give a shot.

If you read the installation wiki, you will notice this:

If your are using a previous Ubuntu version or other distro these are the required packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libqt4-dev utouch libgeis-dev libx11-6 libxtst-dev

So, you only need to find the equivalent package of each one:

  • utouch-evemu-devel is the equivalent to utouch in Fedora 19 and earlier versions, then they renamed it to geis, further complicating the problem. Search for geis-devel or utoch-evemu-devel packages. This should also solve the libgeis-dev package
  • build-essential is the easier, just run yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries".
  • libqt4-dev is libqt4-devel. RPM (RHEL and derivatives) uses -devel for development packages, contrasting APT's (Debian and derivatives) -dev.
  • libx11-6 is just libX11. If some problem arises, try the -devel package instead.
  • libXtst-devel is the equivalent to libxtst-dev.

This should account for all necessary packages. Once you have installed all of them, just run the good old qmake && make to make sure the packages build correctly. After that I recommend you to build an RPM package, so you can install and uninstall easily.

  • Hm. I seem to have trouble installing the utouch equivalent. I found nothing good with yum search geis, ... utouch or ... utouch and qmake && make just gives ./src/touchegg/util/Include.h:36:27: fatal error: geis/geis.h: No such file or directory. Because I guess I should use qmake (installed qt-devel to get qmake-qt4) since there is no file "configure"?? ./configure just outputs bash: ./configure: No such file or directory.
    – lindhe
    Jun 21, 2014 at 22:23
  • @lindhe you need to install geis-devel, no geis.
    – Braiam
    Nov 15, 2018 at 17:02

This seems to be extremely tricky in Fedora. I am trying in F23 on a Fujitsu Lifebook T935, which has a Wacom touchscreen.

I was able to download and compile various source packages from Ubuntu Lauchpad using Bazaar, which have the following dependency structure:

touchegg > geis > grail > frame

I also had to install a number of Fedora packages for other dependencies, but there is no current Fedora equivalent for these. Frame and Grail seemed to compile OK, but when I run make on geis I get exactly the same problem(s) as here (https://forums.archlinux.fr/viewtopic.php?t=14127) depending on whether or not I have a copy of frame_x11.h in /usr/local/include/oif - or equivalently symlink from /usr/local/src/geis/include to /usr/local/src/frame/include/oif

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