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 signed up for an account just to mention (though I can't reply with no reputation apparently), why are the two above mentions of the Steam method downvoted? Not only does it work, it is the easiest current method. Joypad/SplitScreen doesn't work for 1.12 (and requires modding), Windows 10 edition requires Windows 10, and Xpadder costs $10. The steam method is free (a steam account is free) adding it to steam is as simple as Games->Add a non-steam game to my library and the controller will work immediately, with a link on the right side to modify the controller layout if you prefer. You do no Jan 4 '18 at 22:45
  • how do I add a non steam game to my library? Oct 24 '19 at 17:59

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.


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 the Windows 10 Edition is missing many features of the Java version. It is possible to convert Java worlds into Windows 10 Edition worlds, but this is not officially supported. Do it at your own risk.


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): http://retro-hack.blogspot.com/p/minecraft-joypad-mod.html


If you're on Linux, you may have luck with Joy2Key, found here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/joy2key/

Debian package: http://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=joy2key

Ubuntu package: http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?searchon=names&keywords=joy2key

Another option is QJoyPad: http://qjoypad.sourceforge.net/ which also claims mouse support.

I haven't tested these myself.


you can use your xbox 360 controller and steam controller with steam. Just add the game to steam and choose the controller layout with 15 upvotes. In game swap the q and lshift buttons so you'll go down with red b button


I created an (open source) application called PlusPad, specifically for use with Minecraft: Java Edition. It runs in the background and uses MonoGame to capture gamepad input to translate into Windows API calls for mouse and keyboard actions.

It runs on Windows and has been tested with Xbox 360 gamepads.

The simulated inputs are:

Controller Input Mapped to
Left Stick WASD
Right Stick Mouse movement
Back F3
Start ESC
Back + Start Enable/disable input
L3 Ctrl
R3 LShift
A Space
X F5
LB Mouse wheel up
RB Mouse wheel down
LT Mouse 2
RT Mouse 1
DPad up Text input - next character
DPad down Text input - previous character
DPad left Backspace
DPad right Text input - accept character

This may not work for everyone but its usefull for me if you have steam. you can add the short cut to your library,change it to big picture,go to minecraft short cut,click game settings,then change the button scheme.Also be sure to have the driver software installed.


I use Mr.Crayfish's Controllable mod, Which Requires just plugging in a controller before launching minecraft. Made for 1.12.2 and download here: Click me. link to offical website

  • By the way, Works only on windows 2000,Vista,XP,7,8.1,10 *Edit: Only works on Java Editon.
    – Lucas
    Aug 13 '19 at 12:51

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