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Typing the current date ( or any string ) via a shortcut as if the keys had been actually typed with the hardware keyboard in any application.

Terminal - Typing the current date ( or any string ) via a shortcut as if the keys had been actually typed with the hardware keyboard in any application.
xvkbd -xsendevent -text $(date +%Y%m%d)
2009-12-23 12:01:07
User: sputnick
Functions: date
Typing the current date ( or any string ) via a shortcut as if the keys had been actually typed with the hardware keyboard in any application.

That works in all softs, CLI or GUI... I don't want to waste time to all the time typing the same stuff . So, I have that command in my window manager shortcuts ( meta+l ). All the window managers have editable shortcuts AFAIK. If not, or you don't want to use it that way, you can easily use the xbindkeys soft.

I you're using kde4, you can run :


then open "inputs actions" and create a new shortcut.

For Gnome take a look there : http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-create-keyboard-shortcuts-in-gnome/

A more advanced one, with strings and newlines :

xvkbd -xsendevent -text "---8<-----\nToday date is: $(date +%Y%m%d)\n---8<-----"

For complicated or long paste, you can feed xvkbd with a file :

xvkbd -xsendevent -file <file>

You can simulate ^C ( control+c ) too or others combinations of keys :

xvkbd -text "\C\Ac"

There's no man page nor help ( On my Archlinux distro ), but you can see online doc there : http://homepage3.nifty.com/tsato/xvkbd/


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Comment by matthewbauer 356 weeks and 3 days ago

Is there anything xvkbd can't do? The most amazing commandlinefus I've ever seen all involve this little slice of magic.

Comment by kaedenn 356 weeks and 3 days ago

@kaedenn : I don't know any kind of limitations.

@matthewbauer : thanks :)

@all folks : the tip was edited to change description to something more relevant and an advanced exemple is added to play with strings, date and newlines.

Comment by sputnick 356 weeks and 3 days ago

For xfce4, you should use :

bash -c 'xvkbd -xsendevent -text $(date +%Y%m%d)'

in Xmenu/parameters/keyboard/

Comment by sputnick 349 weeks and 4 days ago

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