evdev (short for 'event device') is a generic input event interface in the Linux kernel and FreeBSD. It generalizes raw input events from device drivers and makes them available through character devices in the
The user-space library for the kernel component evdev is called libevdev. Libevdev abstracts the evdev ioctls through type-safe interfaces and provides functions to change the appearance of the device. Libevdev shares similarities with the read system call.
It sits below the process that handles input events, in between the kernel and that process.
- kernel → libevdev → xf86-input-evdev → X server → X client
For Weston/Wayland, the stack would look like this:
Since version 1.16 the xorg-xserver obtained support for libinput:
- kernel → libevdev → libinput → xf86-input-libinput → X server → X client
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Evdev.|
- "Linux Input drivers v1.0" by Vojtech Pavlik, 2001 (Linux kernel document, now somewhat dated)
- libevdev, a C library for evdev interface
- Python bindings for evdev interface
- Go bindings for evdev interface
- "linux input ecosystem" by Joe Shaw, 1 October 2010 (blog post)