So I'm trying to get my Dualshock3 to work on my Ubuntu 18.10

I've plugged it and tried this command on the terminal :

sudo xboxdrv --detach-kernel-driver

I can see that the events are detected, but when I tried to play with it, nothing was working.

I've installed Antimicro, I can see that a controller is detected, but it doesn't detect any event. For example when I try to do a quick configuration, I keep pressing buttons but nothing happens.

Does anyone have an idea?


  • xboxdrv is outdated and shouldn't be needed anymore. The hid_sony driver handles DS3/DS4 quite well without any setup. Which Ubuntu and kernel version do you use? – danzel Nov 28 '18 at 14:27
  • hi @danzel I'm using Ubuntu 18.10 with Linux 4.18.0-11-generic I'm gonna have a look on the hid_sony driver, thanks! – Kevin J Nov 29 '18 at 11:03
  • The hid_sony kernel module should be installed by default. Have you pressed the PS button when the LEDs started blinking? – danzel Nov 29 '18 at 13:42
  • yes I did @danzel , after more research I've seen that a lot of people had this issue after upgrading to 18.10, perhaps it's an Ubuntu bug... – Kevin J Nov 29 '18 at 16:08

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