Note: These tools are built for the Xorg display server, which is the default for Ubuntu 20.04. If you’re not sure run
ps -e | grep tty and check for xorg.
sudo apt install python3 python3-gi python-gobject meson xdotool libinput-tools gettext
Add your user to the input group
sudo gpasswd -a $USER input
Install libinput gestures
git clone https://github.com/bulletmark/libinput-gestures.git
sudo make install
sudo ./libinput-gestures-setup install
Start the software and allow it to run at startup.
Next install a UI tool to make adding and editing gestures easier.
git clone https://gitlab.com/cunidev/gestures
meson build --prefix=/usr
ninja -C build
sudo ninja -C build install
Open the new program called ‘gestures’ from your activities menu.
These are the gestures you will need to emulate a mac-like experience.
Next you may notice the workspaces are ontop of each other instead of side-by-side like MacOS. To fix this we will need to install a gnome extension named workspace matrix available here.
- Install gnome tweak tools from Ubuntu Software Centre
- Run `sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell` (even if you don’t have or use chrome)
- Install matrix extension
Now restart your system and you should be able to move workspaces, left and right using the three finger gesture or ctrl+alt + left or right arrows.
Two Finger Swipe in Browser
To get the two finger swipe back in a web browser I recommend using the following plugins.