.CURSOR File Extension

KDE Plasma Custom Cursor Specification

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What is a CURSOR file?

A CURSOR file is a custom cursor specification used by KDE Plasma, a graphical desktop environment typically used alongside Linux. It contains plain text that specifies the image a custom cursor will use, the image's default resolution, and the cursor's hotspot coordinates. Using xcursorgen, KDE Plasma users can generate a custom cursor from a CURSOR file.

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Screenshot of a .cursor file in Apple TextEdit
CURSOR file open in Apple TextEdit

KDE Plasma is a graphical workspace environment available for various platforms. Most often, KDE Plasma is used alongside Linux systems, to provide a GUI for those operating systems.

Optionally, KDE Plasma users can create and use custom cursors, which replace the desktop environment's default cursors. To create these cursors, users must first define them in one or more CURSOR files. Each CURSOR file contains:

  • A number specifying the custom cursor image's default resolution
  • An X Y coordinate specifying the cursor's hotspot (where the click action occurs)
  • A file path to the image used as the custom cursor's image

KDE Plasma users can then use the xcursorgen command and their CURSOR files to generate actual custom cursors. After creating a set of custom cursors, users typically store them all in a single cursors sub-directory, within a custom cursor theme directory.

How to open a CURSOR file

You can open a CURSOR file in KWrite or any other text editor, to view and edit the cursor specification it contains. For complete instructions on how to create and use CURSOR files with KDE Plasma, refer to KDE Plasma's custom cursor theme documentation.

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