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Use your Android phone as a virtual Xbox 360 controller or DualShock 4 gamepad on your Windows or Linux PC. This is the server that runs on Windows or Linux.

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Joy2DroidX allows you to use your Android device as a virtual Xbox 360 controller or DualShock 4 gamepad.

It consists of a server that runs on Windows and Linux and an Android app. While there's nothing preventing the app from running on any Android device, it's been only tested on Android phones.


The server (this app) listens for input from connected Android devices and manages creation/deletion of virtual devices. It uses UInput on Linux and ViGEm on Windows.

While running the server does not require any special privileges, the initial setup (setting UInput permissions on Linux and installing driver on Windows) requires root/administrator access.


You can find more information about the Android app as well the sources here.


Joy2DroidX is distributed as a portable app on Windows and as an AppImage on Linux. You can find latest versions on releases page.

Alternatively, if you have python 3 and pip setup, you can install from pypi:

pip install j2dx


First run

You need to setup the system before the first run. Joy2DroidX provides a convenience command that does this for you, it however requires root/administrator access.

Just run j2dx --setup as root or from administrator command prompt.

On Linux this will create a udev rule for UInput and add current user to j2dx group. If you're not using sudo or user detection fails for another reason, you can provide username as an argument to --setup. For udev rules and group changes to take effect you'll have to restart your system.

On Windows this will download ViGEmBus driver and prompt you to install it. Once the driver is setup you can use Joy2DroidX, no restart necessary.

Regular usage

Run j2dx (on windows you can just double click j2dx.exe), scan QRCode from the Android app and that's it. Everything should just work. Switching device mode is done from the Android app.

The server should not need any extra configuration. If you have an unsual network setup or default port is used by another process, there are a couple option you can modify:

  • -p, --port allows you to use a different port. Default is 8013.
  • -H, --host if hostname detection fails you can specify a hostname or your computers IP address.
  • -d, --debug you shouldn't need this one. If you do encounter bugs, run j2dx -d and open an issue with a link to debug output (use a gist or pastebin for this).

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