My screen is cracked a little. It used to work all good in previous versions by xinput disable command but it did not work in this one.

How do I disable touch screen on Ubuntu 17.10 permanently?


The answer below works, but had some additional problems, such as disabling the touchpad. An alternate and IMO better solution can be found at https://askubuntu.com/a/986453/283721

I have had to turn off my touchscreen as well, for another reason.

If you are using xorg, you can do this on a temporary basis using xinput

first, identify the touchscreen using xinput list

⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech M315/M235                        id=9    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                id=13   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen                          id=14   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                     id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                 id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Dell WMI hotkeys                          id=11   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD: In           id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]

In my case the touchscreen would appear as "ELAN Touchscreen" in the first section of the output. I could then use `xinput disable "ELAN Touchscreen" which would disable the touchscreen until either the next reboot, or putting the computer to sleep and awakening it.

A more permanent solution for me, has been to blacklist the module "hid_multitouch"

I have created a file named /etc/modprobe.d/hid_multitouch.conf it's contents are as follows:

# Use the following syntax
# blacklist driver-name
blacklist hid-multitouch

The touchscreen driver for your system may not be the same as for mine - you can test this using sudo modprobe -r hid_multitouch which will for a short period disable your touchscreen - I found that it reloaded within 5 or 6 seconds.

I was able to determine that hid_mutlitouch was the driver used for me system by examining dmesg | grep "device name" -A3 -B3 which, amongst other things, produced the output

[21896.624869] input: ELAN Touchscreen as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/0003:04F3:0034.000A/input/input18
[21896.625587] hid-multitouch 0003:04F3:0034.000A: input,hiddev1,hidraw2: USB HID v1.10 Device [ELAN Touchscreen] on usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.2/input0
  • Thanks. Unfortunately disabling this kernel module disabled my touchpad as well as the touchscreen, so I'm going to need another solution – Per Johansson Feb 26 '18 at 7:12
  • @PerJohansson I had forgotten this answer was here, and had developed a better solution which is at https://askubuntu.com/a/986453/283721 - please give that a shot! – Charles Green Feb 26 '18 at 15:20

You can add the below to one of your startup scripts

xinput disable `xinput --list | grep -i "touch " | sed 's/id=//g' | cut -f2`

The opposite will re-enable it

xinput enable `xinput --list | grep -i "touch " | sed 's/id=//g' | cut -f2`

Note that there is a space after "touch". This is to prevent the command from picking up the touchpad on your laptop!


My BIOS settings offer an option to disable the touchscreen. Perhaps yours do as well.

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