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Solaar

Linux Device Manager for Logitech Unifying Receivers and Devices.

Solaar is a Linux manager for many Logitech keyboards, mice, and trackpads that connect wirelessly to a USB Unifying, Lightspeed, or Nano receiver, connect directly via a USB cable, or connect via Bluetooth. Solaar does not work with peripherals from other companies.

Documentation here is for the current version of Solaar. Some Linux distributions distribute old versions of Solaar. If you are using an old version and something described here does not work you should upgrade using one of the methods described below.

Solaar can be used as a GUI application or via its command-line interface. Both interfaces are able to list the connected devices and show information about each device, often including battery status. Solaar is able to pair and unpair devices with receivers as supported by the device and receiver. Solaar can also control some changeable features of devices, such as smooth scrolling or function key behavior. Solaar keeps track of these changed settings on a per-computer basis and the GUI application restores them whenever a device connects. (Devices forget most settings when powered down.) For more information on how to use Solaar see the usage page, and for more information on its capabilities see the capabilities page.

Solaar’s GUI normally uses an icon in the system tray and starts with its main window visible. This aspect of Solaar depends on having an active system tray, which is not the default situation for recent versions of Gnome. For information on to set up a system tray under Gnome see the capabilities page.

Solaar’s GUI can be started in several ways

For more information on Solaar’s command-line interface use the help option, as in solaar --help.

Solaar does not process normal input from devices. It is thus unable to fix problems that arise from incorrect handling of mouse movements or keycodes by Linux drivers or other software.

Solaar has progressed past version 1.0. Problems with earlier versions should not be reported as bugs. Instead, upgrade to a recent version or manually install the current version from GitHub. Some capabilities of Solaar have been developed by observing the behavior of Logitech receivers and devices and generalizing from these observations. If your Logitech receiver or device behaves strangely this may be caused by an incorrect behavior generalization. Please report such experiences by creating an issue in the Solaar repository.

Supported Devices

Solaar will detect all devices paired with supported Unifying, Lightspeed, or Nano receivers, and at the very least display some basic information about them. Solaar will detect some Logitech devices that connect via a USB cable or Bluetooth.

Solaar can pair and unpair a Logitech device showing the Unifying logo (Solaar’s version of the logo) with any Unifying receiver and can pair and unpair Lightspeed devices with Lightspeed receivers for the same model. Solaar can pair some Logitech devices with Logitech Nano receivers but not all Logitech devices can be paired with Nano receivers. Logitech devices without a Unifying logo generally cannot be paired with Unifying receivers.

Solaar does not handle connecting or disconnecting via Bluetooth, which is done using the usual Bluetooth mechanisms.

For a partial list of supported devices and their features, see the devices page.

Prebuilt packages

Up-to-date prebuilt packages are available for some Linux distros (e.g., Fedora 33+) in their standard repositories. If a recent version of Solaar is not available from the standard repositories for your distribution you can try one of these packages.

Solaar uses a standard system tray implementation; solaar-gnome3 is no longer required for gnome or unity integration.

Manual installation

See the installation page for the step-by-step procedure for manual installation.

Known Issues

License

This software is distributed under the terms of the GNU Public License, v2.

Thanks

This project began as a third-hand clone of Noah K. Tilton’s logitech-solar-k750 project on GitHub (no longer available). It was developed further thanks to the diggings in Logitech’s HID++ protocol done by many other people:

Also, thanks to Douglas Wagner, Julien Gascard, and Peter Wu for helping with application testing and supporting new devices.