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Am I able to use a controller to play the PC version of Minecraft? If so, can I just plug it in and play or do I have to do something else before being able use one?

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I made an application using XNA 4.0. It's open source and available at It's available for Windows. Currently it has just one fixed control scheme primarily made for Minecraft. – Kai Hartmann Mar 30 '15 at 7:11
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There is no built-in controller support on the PC version of Minecraft. You will need something like Xpadder to change each controller input to a keyboard/mouse input in order to use a controller.

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With a mod, yes. You can use the Minecraft Joypad/Split Screen Mod for actual analog movement (not just eight directions like with XPadder) and UI modifications for the controller (instead of only using an analog stick to emulate a mouse). It also creates the possibility of playing split screen with a friend (but you can use it just to play full screen single-player with a controller):

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The Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition supports multiple control schemes, including controllers and touchscreens. Just connect the controller to your PC and play.

Keep in mind that despite its name, the Windows 10 Edition is not available for Windows 10 smartphones (yet); only PCs (desktops, notebooks, convertibles, etc.). It is also based on the Pocket Edition, which means that many features of the Java version are missing. Although owners of the Java version can redeem the Windows 10 Edition for free, their worlds and savegames aren't compatible with each other, so you'll have to start over if you ever decide to switch.

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If you're on Linux, you may have luck with Joy2Key, found here:

Debian package:

Ubuntu package:

Another option is QJoyPad: which also claims mouse support.

I haven't tested these myself.

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