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    Sebastian Jylanki

    Is there an API for Linux for Tobii Eye Tracker 5? Something like Stream Engine API?

    I’m looking to alleviate my RSI symptoms by using an eye tracker instead of a mouse. I will program a suitable solution as long as an API is available.


    Grant [Tobii]

    Hi @sjlnk, thanks for your query. I am afraid that for the time being we do not offer a Linux solution for the Tobii Eye Tracker 5.

    Apologies for the disappointing news, hopefully you can find a Windows Solution to your needs. Best Wishes.

    Erich Grillitsch

    Really bad news! I know Windows is all around us… but don’t you love Linux? Just enough for being not fixed solely on money? It’s for the greater sake of diversity – and more 😉


    Grant [Tobii]

    Hi Erich, yes sorry about this! For the time being we are focusing the Tobii Tech range of trackers toward gaming and interaction which as you know takes up mostly Windows ecosystem.


    A lot of us are gaming on Linux you know. Star Citizen, for example, runs perfectly on it and if I was sure it worked I’d get your eye tracker

    Grant [Tobii]

    Thanks Davide, unfortunately the Linux ecosystem is extremely diverse and for the time being we are not focusing our resources on supporting the Platform as within Gaming, Windows Still dominates substantially, our apologies.


    I would appreciate an API very much, too…
    It’s just a shame that Tobii 5 only works on Windows!

    Grant [Tobii]

    Hi Phonon thanks for your feedback, but as the Tobii 5 is primarily focused toward gaming, I am afraid that for the time being, we do not prioritise development on the Linux Platform, our apologies.

    volkan sezer

    Hello Tobii;

    Is there any plan to provide an API for Linux, or we should completely forget it?


    Grant [Tobii]

    Hi @autonomous, I am afraid that for the time being, there are no plans to roll out Linux support for our consumer level eye-tracking products..

    Linux support is however available via the Tobii Pro range of trackers which are designed for research and analysis. If your project and budget support this, feel free to browse their range @ https://www.tobiipro.com/product-listing/



    I am also very interested into a driverpackage for Linux. I think there will be a big change in Gaming Ecosystem in the next year when Valve releases SteamDeck with support for AAA Games and also support for Anti Cheat Engines (within Proton) like EAC.

    I am not interested in Pro products.

    Best regards

    Grant [Tobii]

    Thanks for your input Tim, we will certainly be keeping a close eye on the gaming market for Linux in the future.

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