Playing Minecraft With an Xbox360 Controller

2011-09-26

So I got Minecraft for my birthday, which started this whole adventure. I have a laptop and don’t own a USB mouse which makes playing slightly difficult. I’ve never been a huge fan of the mouse and keyboard for games, which I know is basically heresy, so I decided to setup my computer to use an Xbox 360 controller. I’m running Elementary OS Jupiter which is a derivative of Ubuntu.

Resources

In order to make this work, you’ll need a few things:

  • An official USB Xbox 360 controller. Now I’m not sure if you absolutely need an official Xbox 360 controller but I’ve had issues in the past with 3rd party controllers so I would highly recommend it.
  • Xboxdrv, http://pingus.seul.org/~grumbel/xboxdrv/xboxdrv.html
  • An Xboxdrv configuration file, conveniently displayed below

Minecraft.xboxdrv

The following xboxdrv file will set up your Xbox controller

[xboxdrv]
ui-clear=true
trigger-as-button = true

[ui-axismap]
x1=KEY_A:KEY_D
y1=KEY_W:KEY_S
x2^dead:4000 = REL_X:750:-1
y2^dead:4000 = REL_Y:750:-1

# trigger^invert = rel-repeat:REL_WHEEL:1:50

[ui-buttonmap]
a = KEY_SPACE
b = KEY_LEFTSHIFT
x = KEY_Q
y = KEY_T
lt = BTN_RIGHT
rt = BTN_LEFT

rb = KEY_LEFTSHIFT
lb = KEY_TAB

# tl = KEY_BACKSPACE

# tr = KEY_SPACE

[ui-buttonmap]
du = rel:REL_WHEEL:-1:500
dr = rel:REL_WHEEL:-1:500
dd = rel:REL_WHEEL:1:500
dl = rel:REL_WHEEL:1:500

# lt = KEY_VOLUMEDOWN

# rt = KEY_VOLUMEUP

[ui-buttonmap]
start = KEY_E
back = KEY_ESC

# guide = KEY_ESC

# EOF

The Controls

  • The left joystick is WASD
  • The right joystick is the view with normal configuration. You can created an inverted look by shifting the controls.
  • A is jump
  • B and Right bumper are crouch
  • X is drop
  • Y is talk
  • Right Trigger is break
  • Left Trigger is place
  • Left Bumper shows who is on the server
  • Select shows the menu
  • Start shows inventory

Starting the controller

If you want to turn on the controller easily, place the configuration file in the same directory as the minecraft jar launcher and name is minecraft.xboxrdv. Then add this line to your .bashrc file: alias xbox='sudo rmmod xpad; sudo xboxdrv -c minecraft.xboxdrv --silent'

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