Install The Drivers For The Most Popular Gamepads On Ubuntu 14.04 And Configure The Keys As You Like

Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of AntiMicro, please access the antimicro tag and open the latest article (the one on top).

The latest installation instructions for AntiMicro

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr has native support for PlayStation and Xbox controllers, due to the fact that the xpad module has been included in the kernel.

Also, xboxdrv is anonther gamepad driver that bring enhanceds support over xpad. Among others, xboxdrv allows the users to simulate keyboard and mouse events, remap buttons, adjust axis sensitivity, apply autofire, invert exis, send macros, emulate throttles and rudder controls.

The latest version available is xboxdrv 0.8.5, which got support for a bunch of new gamepads, including: Playstation 3 LED and rumble, Batarang Xbox 360 controller, Elite Glow, Hori Real Arcade Pro VX-SA, Hori SOULCALIBUR V Stick, Hori XBOX 360 EX 2 with Turbo, Logic3 Controller, Logitech F310, Logitech F510, Logitech F710, Razer Onza Tournament Edition, Street Fighter IV FightStick TE, Thrustmaster, Inc. GPX Controller, Xbox Airflo wired controller

Install The Drivers For The Most Popular Gamepads On Ubuntu 14.04 And Configure The Keys As You Like

A third party developer has repacked xboxdrv, into ubuntu-xboxdrv, bringing the below features to xboxdrv:

  • Clear broken configurations
  • Properly configure a upstart service
  • Manage xboxdrv service on System suspend/resume
  • Add support for user options at /etc/default/xboxdrv
  • Start with support for 4 joysticks
  • Add a “Joysticks” entry into System Settings panel
  • Easy ForceFeeback activation

The latest version available is Ubuntu-Xboxdrv 20140707, which has been recently released, which fixes some missing options on the /etc/init/xboxdrv.conf file.

Also, a useful application is Antimicro. It is an open source graphical application that allows the users to easily map keyboard and mouse buttons to gamepad buttons. Also, sequences of actions can be mapped on one button, in order to make the user’s gaming more pleasant and easy. The application is very good for games that do not have support for gamepad or joysticks. The latest version available is AntiMicro 2.4.1, which has been released a while ago.

Install The Drivers For The Most Popular Gamepads On Ubuntu 14.04 And Configure The Keys As You Like

So, in order to get support for the most important gamepads and joysticks and configure them as you want, you need Ubuntu-Xboxdrv (based on Xboxdrv) and AntiMicro, for setting key shortcuts.

In this article I will show you how to install the Ubuntu-Xboxdrv 20140707 gamepad drivers and AntiMicro 2.4.1 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Pinguy OS 12.04, LXLE 14.04, Peppermint Five, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Linux Lite 2.0, Deepin 2014 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Ubuntu-Xboxdrv 20140707 on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Elementary OS, LXLE, Linux Lite, Peppermint and Deepin systems is easy. All you have to do is add the needed ppas to your system, update the local repository index and install the ubuntu-xboxdrv package. Like this:

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

Antimicro 2.4.1 is not available via any repository or ppa, so we have to download it from the project’s official page, so that we can easily install it on Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems.

How to install AntiMicro 2.4.1 on 32 bit Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 and derivative systems:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget ryochan7.com/files/projects/antimicro/jessie/antimicro_2.4-1_i386.deb
$ sudo gdebi antimicro_2.4-1_i386.deb

How to install AntiMicro 2.4.1 on 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 and derivative systems:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget ryochan7.com/files/projects/antimicro/jessie/antimicro_2.4-1_amd64.deb
$ sudo gdebi antimicro_2.4-1_amd64.deb

How to install AntiMicro 2.4.1 on 32 bit Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget ryochan7.com/files/projects/antimicro/wheezy/antimicro_2.4-1_i386.deb
$ sudo gdebi antimicro_2.4-1_i386.deb

How to install AntiMicro 2.4.1 on 64 bit Ubuntu and derivative systems:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget ryochan7.com/files/projects/antimicro/wheezy/antimicro_2.4-1_amd64.deb
$ sudo gdebi antimicro_2.4-1_amd64.deb

After installation, reboot the ubuntu-xboxdrv service, to get support for your xbox controller:

$ sudo service xboxdrv restart

Optional, to remove ubuntu-xboxdrv and antimicro, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-xboxdrv antimicro

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2 comments on “Install The Drivers For The Most Popular Gamepads On Ubuntu 14.04 And Configure The Keys As You Like
  1. Adam says:

    Antimicro 2.6 is now out…

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ryochan7/antimicro
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install antimicro

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