Android app to control a virtual Network Tablet on Linux

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What is GfxTablet?

GfxTablet shall make it possible to use your Android device (especially tablets) like a graphics tablet.

It consists of two components:

The GfxTablet app sends motion and touch events via UDP to a specified host on port 40118.

The input driver must be installed on your PC. It creates a virtual “network tablet” on your PC that is controlled by your Android device.

So, you can use your Android tablet or smartphone to control the PC and, for instance use GIMP with your Android tablet as a graphics tablet (even pressure-sensitive, if your hardware supports it).


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GfxTablet is licensed under The MIT License.

Author: Ricki Hirner / powered by bitfire web engineering /



If you use Xorg (you probably do):


Github repository:

Part 1: uinput driver

On your PC, either download one of these binaries (don’t forget to chmod a+x it):

or compile it yourself (don’t be afraid, it’s only one file)

  1. Clone the repository: git clone git://
  2. Install gcc, make and linux kernel header includes (kernel-headers on Fedora)
  3. cd GfxTablet/driver-uinput; make

Then, run the binary. The driver runs in user-mode, so it doesn’t need any special privileges. However, it needs access to /dev/uinput. If your distribution doesn’t create a group for uinput access, you’ll need to do it yourself or just run the driver as root:

sudo ./networktablet

Then you should see a status message saying the driver is ready. If you do xinput list in a separate terminal, should show a “Network Tablet” device.

You can start and stop (Ctrl+C) the Network Tablet at any time, but please be aware that applications which use the device may be confused by that and could crash.

networktablet will display a status line for every touch/motion event it receives.

Part 2: App

You can either

  1. compile the app from the source code in the Github repository, or
  2. download it from the open-source market F-Droid, or
  3. download it from Samsung Galaxy Apps (if you have a Samsung device), or
  4. download it directly from Github, or
  5. download it from Google Play removed by Google

After installing, enter your host IP in the Settings / Host name and it should be ready.

Part 3: Use it

Now you can use your tablet as an input device in every Linux application (including applications). For instance, when networktablet is running, GIMP should have a “Network Tablet” entry in “Edit / Input Devices”. Set its mode to “Screen” and it’s ready to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Using with multiple monitors

If you’re using multiple screens, you can assign the Network Tablet device to a specific screen once it’s running (thanks to @symbally and @Evi1M4chine, see

  1. Use xrandr to identify which monitor you would like to have the stylus picked up on. In this example, DVI-I-1 is the display to assign.
  2. Do xinput map-to-output "$( xinput list --id-only "Network Tablet" )" DVI-I-1.

Known problems

If you find GfxTablet useful, please feel free to send a donation.