xte man page

xte — Generates fake input using the XTest extension

Synopsis

xte [options] commands...

Description

xte is a program that generates fake input using the XTest extension, more reliable than xse.

Options

A summary of options is included below.

-i id
XInput 2.x device to use. List devices with 'xinput list'.
-x display
Send commands to remote X server. Note that some commands may not work correctly unless the display is on the console, e.g. the display is currently controlled by the keyboard and mouse and not in the background. This seems to be a limitation of the XTest extension.
--help, -h
Show summary of options.

Commands

key k
Press and release key k
keydown k
Press key k down
keyup k
Release key k
str string
Do a bunch of key X events for each char in string
mouseclick i
Click mouse button i
mousemove x y
Move mouse to screen position x, y
mousermove x y
Move mouse relative from current location by x, y
mousedown i
Press mouse button i down
mouseup i
Release mouse button i
sleep x
Sleep x seconds
usleep x
Usleep x microseconds

Some Useful Keys

These keys are case sensitive.

Home
Left
Up
Right
Down
Page_Up
Page_Down
End
Return
BackSpace
Tab
Escape
Delete
Shift_L
Shift_R
Control_L
Control_R
Meta_L
Meta_R
Alt_L
Alt_R
Multi_key
Super_L
Super_R

Depending on your keyboard layout, the "Windows" key may be one of the Super_ keys or the Meta_ keys.

See Also

pat2ppm(1), patextract(1), png2pat(1), rgb2pat(1), visgrep(1).

Author

xte was written by Steve Slaven <bpk@hoopajoo.net>.

Limitations

The str command doesn't support Unicode characters with more than two bytes. Further, character composing sequences to generate special charactes are limited to Multi_key plus two characters. The set of supported characters depends on the current keyboard layout.

Referenced By

pat2ppm(1), patextract(1), png2pat(1), rgb2pat(1), visgrep(1), xautomation(7).

October 3, 2012