Control the mouse with the keyboard.
Please see http://www.semicomplete.com/projects/keynav
You may need some extra libraries to compile keynav. On Debian and Ubuntu you can install these packages:
sudo apt-get install libcairo2-dev libxinerama-dev libxdo-dev
Next you simply run make:
This will produce an executable
./keynav which may be run directly (or copied somewhere in your path). You can also install (by default directly to
On FreeBSD (and, I expect, other non-GNU platforms), you will want to use gmake.
Q: What platforms are supported?
A: keynav should work on nearly any Unix-like that runs X11. It has been confirmed to work on extremely varied GNU/Linux systems (incuding RPM-based, Debian derivatives, musl-based systems, and Arch), and FreeBSD. If you get it to run elsewhere, please let me know so I can add it to the list. If you try to run it on another Unix-like and have trouble, please get in touch and I'll try to help. If attempting to run elsewhere, note that we currently have a dependency on GNU Make (gmake), and it hasn't been tested with many compilers yet.
Q: Does it work on Android/Windows/Wayland/iOS/...?
A: Sadly, no; keynav is totally dependent on X11, and porting it to any other graphical system would really be a clone/rewrite. Although I am aware of no exact analogues on other systems, I suggest looking into Tasker (Android), AutoHotKey (Windows), and AppleScript (macOS). If you find something that works, let me know and I'll consider adding it to this list.
Q: Can I use keynav to scroll?
A: Yes! X11 represents mouse scrolling as key presses, so you just add the relevant stanza to your keynavrc. Mouse buttons are 1=left, 2=middle, 3=right, 4=scroll-up, 5=scroll-down, 6=scroll-left, 7=scroll-right. So for example to scroll up with i and down with e:
i click 4,end e click 5,end
or to keep scrolling without having to re-invoke keynav, remove the end command from the bindings, like this:
i click 4