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I'm working on trying to submit a bug for an issue while running Blender 2.78c under Wayland, and need to know if Blender has a Wayland backend, or if it is still using X11 via Xwayland when running under a Wayland session?

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    $\begingroup$ Before filing a bug report, make sure to test against the latest buildbot build, and not some old release. $\endgroup$
    – dr. Sybren
    Jan 9, 2018 at 22:25

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Blender now supports Wayland natively.
Update (2022-10-11): Wayland is now enabled in daily builds and is on track to be included in 3.4.


Blender 2.90 includes an experimental Wayland backend when compiled with the corresponding flag. You can view which flags blender was compiled with when executing blender --version and you should be looking for WITH_GHOST_WAYLAND.

BTW you can easily test if an application is running under XWayland by starting xeyes and moving you mouse cursor above the window. If the eyes are still following the cursor the application uses XWayland

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow... xeyes.. takes me back 25 years, under X11 on UNIX.... $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    May 18, 2020 at 15:42
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As of today, not yet. You can do a simple query in the blender source repositories to verify: https://developer.blender.org/diffusion/

However, there has been some work to make it happen: https://github.com/walac/blender-wayland

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