I have an ASUS Zenbook UX31a and multi touch gestures worked great on 12.10, but after I upgraded to 13.04 every gesture stopped working, except for 2, 3 and 4 finger taps (the 3 finger tapped changed function, though).

According to this comment on Launchpad the gestures were removed by design, but no other explanation is provided.

What is the reason for removing trackpad gestures?

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    I just added the "design" tag since it's a question about design. Interesting question, and answers will also apply to this question; askubuntu.com/questions/285487/…, though I think this question is more useful. Sep 12, 2013 at 22:59
  • Probably for the same reason emblems where dropped from Nautilus, configurability options are dropped every release, etc... :-(
    – Rmano
    Oct 22, 2013 at 14:58
  • I don't know the reason they were removed, but you can install touchegg which provides the same functionality :) Nov 1, 2013 at 20:02

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Yes the touchpad gesture was removed but the nearest possible touch gesture software you can get is : Easystroke Gesture

Its available in Ubuntu Software Center.

or else you can try installing Touchegg


Pre-requisites You need the latest vesion of Utouch to be running this. So add the following PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:utouch-team/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install utouch 


Editing the config file Config file is located here ~/.config/touchegg/touchegg.conf

Editing the file: Open config file.

gedit ~/.config/touchegg/touchegg.conf

In the example below, the four finger drag gesture is configured to switch to Show Desktop

Four Fingers Drag


Three Fingers Drag



I dont know if this helps but it might help to restore the gestures in 13

Install touchegg using software center or synaptic or terminal

sudo apt-get install touchegg

Try Mac like MultiTouch support

Note that touchegg only works with touchpads that use the evdev driver and will not work with Alps touchpads.


Sometimes, the drivers for your hardware may be automatically disabled by your system, or somehow unrecognized.

You can try installing Synaptiks in the Ubuntu Software Centre. It's a very good program. (One of my favourites)

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