I'd like to be able to use my Magic Trackpad with Linux. While I haven't installed Linux yet to test it, the trackpad will connect to Windows on the machine (i.e. it has bluetooth). I'm going to be using Fedora 14 on a Lenovo T410.

  • on a side note, I got a Logitech k400+ keyboard which has an integrated trackpad. And the cons: cannot reconfigure it to have natural scrolling; it is wireless (not bluetooth) and so you need to reserve an extra usb-A slot for it. – MycrofD Feb 23 '18 at 8:41

It sounds like you would like to know if they make drivers for the Magic Trackpad for Linux. I found this discussion on linuxforums.org. The highlights below are a little extensive, but represent the most relevant information to the question.


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I bought the Magic Trackpad yesterday and it works fine on my macs as it does on linux. Except Linux doesn't support thos cool osx gestures But you can use it as mouse replacement...

In Ubuntu Karmic (10.04) e.g. you just need to get kernel 2.6.35 - which is available from the ppa:kernel/ppa repo. One reboot and one bt pairing later it works...left/right click and point and click (the last one only using the integrated button). In Ubuntu 10.10 it works from the scratch hence 10.10 alrady includes 2.6.35 or newer kernel...

Have fun with it...

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You will only be able to get a maximum of up to 2 finger up/down scrolling on Linux with the magic trackpad. Pinch-to-rotate, 3-finger and 4 finger scrolling won't work. which makes it as good as an expensive paperweight.

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Multitouch support is said to come with ubuntu Maverick (10.10)... Also Firefox and Chrome are reported to work on Multitouch Support to come soon. Still I like the fact that I can use the trackpad on my macs as well as on my linux boxes

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    what's the status now in 2018? can anyone give an update? will be real helpful. :) – MycrofD Jan 13 '18 at 2:20
  • After Googling "Can I use a Magic Trackpad on Linux", the first result is as follows: wiki.ubuntu.com/Multitouch/AppleMagicTrackpad From that article, it identifies that it does work with Ubuntu, which is a flavor of Linux. If you would like to know if it works with your flavor of Linux, I would recommend putting that in your search criteria instead of "Linux". – David Jan 15 '18 at 18:27
  • Probably I should have mentioned that. But yes, that was the first result. However, the latest Ubuntu shown is 12.04 LTS. I wonder how it is for 16.04 LTS. Maybe it is the same, and therefore they have not updated the wiki documentation? – MycrofD Jan 15 '18 at 18:31
  • After Googling "Can I use a Magic Trackpad on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS," the first result was as follows (Google is your friend): askubuntu.com/questions/133970/… In this article, someone has issues with using the Magic Trackpad, which are fixed by installing utouch with the following command: apt-get install utouch – David Jan 15 '18 at 18:35
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    Sorry, my mistake, I Googled the wrong thing. Re-reading your post where you identify the version, I see that you are asking about 16.04 LTS. I found the following site that has a driver for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS: github.com/robotrovsky/Linux-Magic-Trackpad-2-Driver – David Jan 15 '18 at 18:44

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