I've connected a XBox Wireless Controller for PC with my ubuntu machine. Everything works fine and all js0-3 devices in /dev/input/ are available.

But normally the circle in the middle of the controller should show the device id (1-4), which isn't shown. The circle is only blinking. I tryed that in Windows and everything works fine. Also the wired XBox Controller has no problems to show its id.

Anybody know, why this doesn't work? Are there some kernel modules, which must be enabled?

Xbox Controller
(source: microsoft.com)


There are 2 solutions you have for solving this:

1) Install steamos xpad patch: http://ppa.launchpad.net/mdeslaur/steamos/ubuntu/pool/main/s/steamos-xpad-dkms/

2) Install Xboxdrv:

2.1) Easy installation for Ubuntu:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:rael-gc/ubuntu-xboxdrv
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-xboxdrv

2.2) Without using other repos:

sudo apt-get install xboxdrv
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe/blacklist.conf

Add "blacklist xpad" to the end of the file, and reboot. Afterwards to start xboxdrv just type in "sudo xboxdrv --silent --mimic-xpad" in terminal.

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  • Following the second option Ubuntu still not able to find my xbox controller – Salvatore Di Fazio Jun 30 '17 at 13:14

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