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Input management

Our input system is wide and simple at the same time. We are currently able to natively support :

  • Windows multitouch events (pencil and finger)

  • OS X touchpads

  • Linux multitouch events (kernel and mtdev)

  • Linux wacom drivers (pencil and finger)

  • TUIO

All the input management is configurable in the Kivy config. You can easily use many multitouch devices in one Kivy application.

When the events have been read from the devices, they are dispatched through a post processing module before being sent to your application. We also have several default modules for :

  • Double tap detection

  • Decreasing jittering

  • Decreasing the inaccuracy of touch on “bad” DIY hardware

  • Ignoring regions

class kivy.input.MotionEvent(device, id, args, is_touch=False)[source]

Bases: kivy.input.motionevent.MotionEvent

Abstract class that represents an input event (touch or non-touch).

Parameters
id: str

unique ID of the MotionEvent

args: list

list of parameters, passed to the depack() function

apply_transform_2d(transform)[source]

Apply a transformation on x, y, z, px, py, pz, ox, oy, oz, dx, dy, dz

button

Currently pressed button

copy_to(to)[source]

Copy some attribute to another touch object.

depack(args)[source]

Depack args into attributes of the class

device

Device used for creating this touch

distance(other_touch)[source]

Return the distance between the current touch and another touch.

double_tap_time

If the touch is a is_double_tap, this is the time between the previous tap and the current touch.

property dpos

Return delta between last position and current position, in the screen coordinate system (self.dx, self.dy)

dsx

Delta between self.sx and self.psx, in 0-1 range.

dsy

Delta between self.sy and self.psy, in 0-1 range.

dsz

Delta between self.sz and self.psz, in 0-1 range.

dx

Delta between self.x and self.px, in window range

dy

Delta between self.y and self.py, in window range

dz

Delta between self.z and self.pz, in window range

grab(class_instance, exclusive=False)[source]

Grab this motion event. You can grab a touch if you want to receive subsequent on_touch_move() and on_touch_up() events, even if the touch is not dispatched by the parent:

def on_touch_down(self, touch):
    touch.grab(self)

def on_touch_move(self, touch):
    if touch.grab_current is self:
        # I received my grabbed touch
    else:
        # it's a normal touch

def on_touch_up(self, touch):
    if touch.grab_current is self:
        # I receive my grabbed touch, I must ungrab it!
        touch.ungrab(self)
    else:
        # it's a normal touch
        pass

Changed in version 2.1.0: Allowed grab for non-touch events.

grab_current

Used to determine which widget the touch is being dispatched to. Check the grab() function for more information.

id

Id of the touch, not uniq. This is generally the Id set by the input provider, like ID in TUIO. If you have multiple TUIO source, the same id can be used. Prefer to use uid attribute instead.

is_double_tap

Indicate if the touch is a double tap or not

property is_mouse_scrolling

Returns True if the touch is a mousewheel scrolling

New in version 1.6.0.

is_touch

True if the Motion Event is a Touch.

is_triple_tap

Indicate if the touch is a triple tap or not

New in version 1.7.0.

move(args)[source]

Move the touch to another position

property opos

Return the initial position of the touch in the screen coordinate system (self.ox, self.oy)

osx

Origin X position, in 0-1 range.

osy

Origin Y position, in 0-1 range.

osz

Origin Z position, in 0-1 range.

ox

Origin X position, in window range

oy

Origin Y position, in window range

oz

Origin Z position, in window range

pop()[source]

Pop attributes values from the stack

pos

Position (X, Y), in window range

property ppos

Return the previous position of the touch in the screen coordinate system (self.px, self.py)

profile

Profiles currently used in the touch

psx

Previous X position, in 0-1 range.

psy

Previous Y position, in 0-1 range.

psz

Previous Z position, in 0-1 range.

push(attrs=None)[source]

Push attribute values in attrs onto the stack

push_attrs_stack

Attributes to push by default, when we use push() : x, y, z, dx, dy, dz, ox, oy, oz, px, py, pz.

px

Previous X position, in window range

py

Previous Y position, in window range

pz

Previous Z position, in window range

scale_for_screen(w, h, p=None, rotation=0, smode='None', kheight=0)[source]

Scale position for the screen.

Changed in version 2.1.0: Max value for x, y and z is changed respectively to w - 1, h - 1 and p - 1.

shape

Shape of the touch, subclass of Shape. By default, the property is set to None

property spos

Return the position in the 0-1 coordinate system (self.sx, self.sy)

sx

X position, in 0-1 range

sy

Y position, in 0-1 range

sz

Z position, in 0-1 range

time_end

Time of the end event (last touch usage)

time_start

Initial time of the touch creation

time_update

Time of the last update

to_absolute_pos(nx, ny, x_max, y_max, rotation)[source]

Transforms normalized (0-1) coordinates nx and ny to absolute coordinates using x_max, y_max and rotation.

Raises

ValueError: If rotation is not one of: 0, 90, 180 or 270

New in version 2.1.0.

triple_tap_time

If the touch is a is_triple_tap, this is the time between the first tap and the current touch.

New in version 1.7.0.

ud

User data dictionary. Use this dictionary to save your own data on the touch.

uid

Uniq ID of the touch. You can safely use this property, it will be never the same across all existing touches.

ungrab(class_instance)[source]

Ungrab a previously grabbed touch

x

X position, in window range

y

Y position, in window range

z

Z position, in window range

class kivy.input.MotionEventFactory[source]

Bases: builtins.object

MotionEvent factory is a class that registers all availables input factories. If you create a new input factory, you need to register it here:

MotionEventFactory.register('myproviderid', MyInputProvider)
static get(name)[source]

Get a provider class from the provider id

static list()[source]

Get a list of all available providers

static register(name, classname)[source]

Register a input provider in the database

class kivy.input.MotionEventProvider(device, args)[source]

Bases: builtins.object

Base class for a provider.

start()[source]

Start the provider. This method is automatically called when the application is started and if the configuration uses the current provider.

stop()[source]

Stop the provider.

update(dispatch_fn)[source]

Update the provider and dispatch all the new touch events though the dispatch_fn argument.