I have 2 extra buttons on my mouse that I would like to map as "Home" and "End"

I am able to map mouse buttons to my keyboard using xkbset, but I would like to do the reverse and map keyboard buttons to my mouse.

Output of xbindkeys here.

  • xbindkeys is what you need. Please do a sudo apt-get install xbindkeys* and edit your question and post the output of xbindkeys --defaults
    – Fabby
    May 19, 2015 at 6:59
  • There it is Fabby
    – TuxForLife
    May 19, 2015 at 7:26

1 Answer 1

  1. Install the package xautomation, we need the command xte

    sudo apt-get install xautomation
  2. Install the package x11-utils, we need the command xev

    sudo apt-get install x11-utils
  3. Check the code for the two mouse buttons.

    • Start the command xev in a terminal:

    • Move the mouse in the new window

    • Press your extra mouse buttons

    In my case, note the output button 8 and button 9:

    ButtonRelease event, serial 36, synthetic NO, window 0x2e00001,
        root 0x233, subw 0x0, time 9222464, (94,21), root:(1774,85),
        state 0x10, button 8, same_screen YES
    ButtonPress event, serial 36, synthetic NO, window 0x2e00001,
        root 0x233, subw 0x0, time 9223854, (94,21), root:(1774,85),
        state 0x10, button 9, same_screen YES
  4. Edit your xbindkeys configuration, e.g.:

    nano ~/.xbindkeysrc

    and add the following lines

    "xte 'key Home'"
    "xte 'key End'"

    Replace b:8 and b:9 with your numbers of xev output

    • from man xte

      key k
            Press and release key k
      keydown  k
            Press key k down
      keyup k
            Release key k
  5. Kill all kbindkeys processes

    killall xbindkeys
  6. Restart xbindkeys with your configuration, eg:

    xbindkeys -f ~/.xbindkeysrc
  • Hey A.B. I got it to work, thank you. One final question. I was also considering switching the extra buttons to "Up" or "Down" arrows. I tried it and it worked, but I would like the ability to hold the extra mouse buttons, and have the multiple Up/Down signals, until I release the button. (just how the native Up/Down buttons work)
    – TuxForLife
    May 19, 2015 at 8:33
  • Cursor Up and Down? Or Page Up and Down?
    – A.B.
    May 19, 2015 at 8:34
  • The Up/Down arrow buttons. If you were to hold Up right now, it would send it as multiple up arrow strokes until you release the button. I would like to do the same for the extra mouse buttons we are modifying.
    – TuxForLife
    May 19, 2015 at 8:36
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    Repetitions are difficult. I'm still looking.
    – A.B.
    May 19, 2015 at 8:47
  • 1
    Sorry, no success. Maybe you should ask a new question. :\
    – A.B.
    May 21, 2015 at 5:06

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