How to Install Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu Linux Via PPA

Control laptop touchpad in Ubuntu Desktop - Touchpad indicator is an indicator for the touchpad. It's an open-source system tray applet that lets you to control the touchpad directly from Ubuntu's panel.

It will show you the touchpad status and some other operations including :
  • Disable touchpad when mouse plugged
  • Disable touchpad on typing
  • Keyboard shortcut to quickly disable/enable touchpad
  • Circular Scrolling
  • Vertical and horizontal scrolling
  • 2 fingers vertical nor horizontal scrolling
  • Up to 3 fingers tapping actions

Installing Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu Desktop

This tools can be installed via its official PPA. The package is available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, 15.04 Vivid Vervet, 15.10 Wily Werewolf, and latest Ubuntu LTS 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

Disable Touchpad on Typing in Ubuntu Linux

Also install other indicator tools for your Ubuntu desktop :

All you need is add the PPA to your system and install the package. Here are the step-by-step to do to :

Step 1 - Open new terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) then add this PPA :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

Type your password when it prompted then press Enter to continue.

Step 2 - Once added, you need to run this command to resync the local index :

sudo apt-get update

Step 3 - Now run the following command to install this app :

sudo apt install touchpad-indicator

That's it! If you don't want to add the PPA, you can simply grab the .deb installer from the developer's PPA repository (get the latest version).


  • gir1.2-gconf-2.0
  • gir1.2-rsvg-2.0
  • python3-pyudev

Once saved, you can install the package by running the following command :

sudo dpkg -i touchpad-indicator_1.1.0-0extras15.04.3_all.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

For those who prefer to GUI installation, you can install it via Gdebi package installer, or Ubuntu Software. Now you can open the app from Unity dash, Synapse launcher or similar app launcher.

Touchpad Indicator Ubuntu Linux

So, that is all I can write about control and configure your touchpad easily in Ubuntu 14.04/15.04/15.10/16.04 using Touchpad Indicator. Hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for visiting us!