In my synaptic paket manager I find libinput-bin version 1.6.3 installed. Here on their homepage I saw that the newest version is 1.9.3.

I'd like to use the newest version as it includes some changes on swipe/pinch detection for touchpads. Is it possible to easily install the newest version of libinput?

My linux knowledge is very basic so I don't know how this all works together (I'm aware that it might be risky to install such things too early but I like to experiment :) )


You can try to install the sid (unstable) debian package (1.9.3).

Download the deb file and install it with:

sudo dpkg -i libinput-bin_1.9.3-1_amd64.deb

You will probably need to also install some dependencies using the same way.

WARNING : This a good mean to obtain an unstable system. But if you want to experiment...

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    The important package here is libinput10, but the principle stays the same. Dec 4 '17 at 18:00
  • Works perfectly, thank you! :) I installed version 1.9.2 (buster) instead as it is stated as "not so unstable" as 1.9.3. Now my 3 finger swipe is recognized correctly with libinput-gestures :) @StephenKitt what is the difference between 10 and bin?
    – SimonH
    Dec 4 '17 at 18:00
  • See the package descriptions: libinput-bin contains the udev rules, libinput10 contains the library (which is where the implementation lives). If all you needed were quirk updates, updating the udev rules would be sufficient, otherwise you’d need to update libinput10. Dec 4 '17 at 19:21

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