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Linux Gamepads on Linux


Has anybody gotten a GMS game to successfully work with a gamepad on Linux?

I have made multiple games that all work fine with gamepads on Mac, Windows and iOS. They will not work with any gamepad on Linux.

I followed the documentation and have the recommended 3rd party gamepad libraries installed.

All of my gamepads are perfectly recognized by the OS/drivers on my Linux test systems, and by other Linux games.

I've tried with as well as the new with Ubuntu 18.04 to no avail.
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Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710
Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless controller with Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows
Microsoft Xbox One controller connected via USB
Sony Playstation 4 controller connected via USB
Steelseries Nimbus
Steelseries Stratus XL
Mayflash Arcade Fightstick F300

All of them are recognized by jstest-gtk, none of them are recognized by my GMS games on Linux. (They all work with my GMS games on Windows and Mac. The Steelseries ones also work on iOS.)
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That's a nice arsenal.
I have not been doing Linux builds for a few GMS2 releases now (which in retrospect may have been a mistake).

I tested against
- Xbox One controller via USB
- Mayflash II in xinput mode
- a custom Brook PCB stick in xinput mode

I could not get YYC to work in 2.2.2, it croaks with a yet to be determined linker error.
I could get a VM build, which detects my xbox one controller, but cannot find a mapping for it
("Unable to find mapping for device "Microsoft X-Box One S pad" )
So the default button constants are not working.
Another thing to be aware of is that the default device number rules of windows (12 devices max, xinput on 0 - 3, direct input on 4 - 11) do not apply on Linux.
On this box here there are 32 slots and the xinput ones start at number 19.

So yes, per default this stuff isn't working. I guess a couple of bug reports are in order.


Thanks for confirming my findings. Another GMS developer also reported the same findings to me offline.


It's still a problem, the buttons are also assigned wrong on Linux, for example if you press "LT" button it detects "right stick x+".