If I have only the internal monitor (LVDS1) with an xrandr -o left command. Now I want to attach a second monitor, say to HDMI1. Then I'd like to rotate only the internal monitor, but not the external one. I tried the following (with no external attached though, since I am mobile currently), but that does not do anything:

xrandr --output LVDS1 -o left

How can I rotate only one monitor?

I do need some command line, since I want to put this into a script.

  • are you using an nvidia graphics card? – tomodachi Jul 31 '12 at 23:14
  • No, I use the Intel Card in the i5. – Martin Ueding Aug 2 '12 at 12:01

The trick is to use the newer --rotate instead of -o which needs to be used with a --output argument:

xrandr --output "$internal" --rotate "$xrandr_rotation"


xrandr --output LVDS1 --rotate left
xrandr --output LVDS1 --rotate right
xrandr --output LVDS1 --rotate normal
xrandr --output LVDS1 --rotate inverted
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    and you can string these together for -- like so: xrandr --output VGA1 --auto --output HDMI2 --auto --right-of VGA1 or for |- like so: xrandr --output VGA1 --auto --pos 0x0 --rotate left --output HDMI2 --auto --pos 1200x300 – Stefan Schmiedl May 20 '14 at 7:47
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    You can use xrandr --query to find the name of the display adapter output that your monitor is plugged into (the above example, the monitor is plugged into LVDS1). – AndyP Jun 7 '17 at 2:08
  • You are a savior! Whey the manpage still says -o is beyond me! Here we are, seven years later ... – MadPhysicist Apr 25 '19 at 20:12

If you open the System Settings and choose Displays there, you can select the monitor to rotate, and choose which rotation to use, for each individual monitor you wish to rotate.

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    This is nice, but not scriptable. So I need something which I can invoke from the command line. – Martin Ueding Jul 3 '12 at 14:11

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