How to rotate screen position in Ubuntu through CLI

Jan 29, 2022 · 1 min read · Post a comment

Nowadays as technology develops more and more, laptops are becoming more sophisticated. Most of today’s laptops offer a finger-sensitive screens, so you can manage to flip over the monitor and use it as a tablet. Using Ubuntu as an operating system will not offer the drivers for the screen graphics to auto-detect the screen rotate. So in this tutorial, I will show you how to rotate the screen through CLI.


  • Ubuntu
  • sudo privileges

Rotate Upside Down

This option is useful if you have flipped over the monitor, so you want to switch your screen upside down - rotated 180 degrees.

sudo xrandr -o inverted

Rotate Left

To rotate left, run:

sudo xrandr -o left

Rotate Right

To rotate right, run:

sudo xrandr -o right

Normal Position

To get back the normal working position, run:

sudo xrandr -o normal


The xrandr command is useful and should work for almost every Debian based distro. If it’s not installed you can run:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install x11-xserver-utils


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