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       xdotool - command-line X11 automation tool


       xdotool cmd args...


       xdotool lets you programatically (or manually) simulate keyboard input
       and mouse activity, move and resize windows, etc. It does this using
       X11’s XTEST extension and other Xlib functions.

       There is some support for Extended Window Manager Hints (aka EWMH or
       NetWM).  See the "EXTENDED WINDOW MANAGER HINTS" section for more


       key keystroke
           Type a given keystroke. Examples being "alt+r", "Control_L+J",
           "ctrl+alt+n", "BackSpace".

           Generally, any valid X Keysym string will work. Multiple keys are
           separated by ’+’. Aliases exist for "alt", "ctrl", "shift",
           "super", and "meta" which all map to Foo_L, such as Alt_L and
           Control_L, etc.

           Example: Send the keystroke "F2"
            xdotool key F2

       keydown keystroke
           Same as above, except only keydown events are sent.

       keyup keystroke
           Same as above, except only keyup events are sent.

       type something to type
           Types a series of letters. In order, as fast as possible.

           Example: to type ’Hello world!’ you would do:
            xdotool type ’Hello world!’


       mousemove x y
           Move the mouse to the specific X and Y coordinates on the screen

       mousedown button
           Send ’mouse down’ for the given button. 1 == left, 2 ==  middle,  3
           == right, etc.

       mouseup button
           Send ’mouse up for the given button

       click button
           Send mousedown followed by mouseup for the given button

           Outputs the x, y, and screen location of the mouse cursor. Screen
           numbers will be nonzero if you have multiple monitors and are not
           using Xinerama.


       search [options] somestring
           Search  for windows with titles, names, or classes matching
           somestring.  The output is line-delimited list of X window

           The options available are:

           --onlyvisible - Show only visible windows in the results.
           --title - Match against the window title
           --name - Match against the window name
           --class - Match against the window class

           The default options are "--title --name --class"

       getwindowfocus [-f]
           Prints the window id of the currently focused window.

           If the current window has no WM_CLASS property, we assume it is not
           a normal top-level window and traverse up the parents until we find
           a window with a WM_CLASS set and return that window id.

           If you really want the window currently having focus and don’t care
           if it has a WM_CLASS setting, then use ’getwindowfocus -f’

       windowsize [options] windowid width height
           Set the window size of the given window

           The options available are:

           --usehints - Use window sizing hints when setting width and height.
           This is useful on terminals.

           Example: To set a terminal to be 80x24 characters, you would use:
           "xdotool windowsize --usehints windowid 80 24"

       windowmove windowid x y
           Move the window to the given position

       windowfocus windowid
           Focus the window

       windowmap window_id
           Map a window. In X11 terminology, mapping a window means making it
           visible on the screen.

       windowraise window_id
           Raise the window to the top of the stack. This may not work on all
           window managers.

       windowunmap window_id
           Unmap a window, making it no longer appear on your screen.


       These commands follow the EWMH standard. See the section "EXTENDED
       WINDOW MANAGER HINTS" for more information.

       windowactivate windowid
           Activate the window. This command is different from windowfocus: if
           the window is on another desktop, we will switch to that desktop.
           It also uses a different method for bringing the window up. I
           recommend trying this command before using windowfocus, as it will
           work on more window managers.

           Output the current active window. This command is often more
           reliable than getwindowfocus.

       set_num_desktops number
           Changes the number of desktops or workspaces.

           Output the current number of desktops.

       set_desktop desktop_number
           Change the current view to the specified desktop.

           Output the current desktop in view.

       set_desktop_for_window window_id desktop_number
           Move a window to a different desktop.

       get_desktop_for_window window_id
           Output the desktop currently containing the given window.


       The following pieces of the EWMH standard are supported:

           Asks the window manager what is supported

           Query and set the current desktop. Support for this enables these
           commands: "set_desktop", "get_desktop".

           Query and set what desktop a window is living in. Support for this
           enables these commands: "set_desktop_for_window",

           Allows you to query and set the active window by asking the window
           manager to bring it forward. Support for this enables these
           commands: "windowactivate", "getactivewindow".


       xprop(1), xwininfo(1),

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       Google Code: <>


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       xdotool was written by Jordan Sissel.

       This manual page was written originally by Daniel Kahn Gillmor
       <> for the Debian project (but may be used by
       others). It is maintained by Jordan Sissel.

                                  2009-03-31                        XDOTOOL(1)