Using The Wacom Intuos4 Tablet With Linux

//Using The Wacom Intuos4 Tablet With Linux
  • Wacom Intuos4 M tablet

Using The Wacom Intuos4 Tablet With Linux

This page summarizes the posts and software developed to support the Wacom Intuos4 tablet under the Linux operating system.


  • Part 1: A command line tool to set the tablet’s LED displays
  • Part 2: A command line tool to configure both the tablet’s displays and keys


The following software works with (K)Ubuntu 12.04 and xsetwacom 0.14.0:

Use this version for Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) and all distributions with an old version of xsetwacom

By |2016-10-12T20:43:56+00:00January 23rd, 2011|Howto|15 Comments

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  1. Nicolas 04/05/2012 at 19:55 - Reply


    can you please update the link, the intuos4-config-0.002.tar.gz file doesn’t exist.


    • Christoph 27/05/2012 at 19:49 - Reply


      sorry for the late answer, The link should work now.

      Best regards,

      • Stéphane 07/06/2012 at 15:59 - Reply


        Thanks for these tutorials. Thanks a lot !!!
        But the intuos4-config-0.002.tar.gz link doen’t work. It give intuos4-led-0.002.tar.gz.



        • Christoph 29/06/2012 at 21:07 - Reply

          Hi, the link should work now! Christoph

  2. Nicolas 08/06/2012 at 15:10 - Reply

    Thanks !

    • Christoph 29/06/2012 at 21:07 - Reply

      You are welcome! 🙂

  3. Mike H 05/07/2012 at 17:03 - Reply

    I tested your software on Fedora 16 with my Intuos4. Both versions compiled and worked fine. I used the ImageMagick libraries and dev packages. No editing was required. I have xsetwacom 0.12.0. Thanks for a great product. I have been looking for something like this for a long time.

  4. Marcel 06/05/2015 at 14:12 - Reply

    Hi Christoph,

    Is there any way to get at the source code nowadays? I’m having trouble getting my Intuos4 LEDs to work and would love to have a look at the source!

    • Christoph 06/05/2015 at 14:44 - Reply

      Hi Marcel,

      the links should work again. Thank you for using my software.

  5. George 22/12/2015 at 20:00 - Reply

    Hello Christoph,

    I have been using intuos4-config without problems for some time. However since I upgraded from LInux Mint 17.2 to 17.3 (kernel from 3.16 to 3.19) my Intuos freezes when running intuos4-config. Before running the script everything is ok, the Gnome tablet settings applet sees the Intuos. After running the script the Intuos is frozen, and the Gnome tablet settings applet says there is no tablet connected.
    Do you know what is causing this problem?

    • Christoph 27/12/2015 at 13:16 - Reply

      Hello George, I just checked my software on a computer running Kubuntu 15.10 and ran into the same problem as you. I contact you via email as soon as I have found a solution.

  6. Dave 10/01/2016 at 19:54 - Reply

    Hi Christoph, thank you so much for this amazing work! Unfortunately it didn’t work for me right away, but since you provided the source code (thank you!) I was able to make modifications for it to work with recent versions of the Linux kernel (so that modprobe is no longer needed).

    I have posted the source code to GitHub. I wasn’t sure what license would be acceptable, so I went for GPLv3, the same as a project dependency, i4oled. I hope that’s okay with you. You can see/download the recent changes at

    Thanks again for sharing. It’s so great that this worked with only one day of effort!

    • Christoph 12/01/2016 at 15:59 - Reply

      Hi David,

      you are welcome. Thank you for improving the software and setting up the GitHub repository.

  7. LGT 15/11/2016 at 21:58 - Reply

    Hi Christoph, Thanks a lot for your dev. I’ve been able to compile it for my gentoo, with very simple modifications such as replacing the path to Magick++.h in the makefile, and adding a ln -s in my /usr/lib64, and also export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib64/ prior to run make within the src folder.

    With all that done, I ran the ./intuos4-led-check and WAOW a nice shade of gray level, followed by a lots of Tux. Great.
    I have this tablet since 2010, and it is the first time these leds are getting switched on, since I’m an exclusive user of linux.
    Congrat’s again.

    • Christoph 28/11/2016 at 20:46 - Reply

      You are welcome! Nice to hear that the code works for you.

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