ds4drv is a Sony DualShock 4 userspace driver for Linux.
- Discussions: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ds4drv
- GitHub: https://github.com/chrippa/ds4drv
- PyPI: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/ds4drv
- Option to emulate the Xbox 360 controller for compatibility with Steam games
- Setting the LED color
- Reminding you about low battery by flashing the LED
- Using the trackpad as a mouse
- Custom mappings, map buttons and sticks to whatever mouse, key or joystick action you want
- Settings profiles that can be cycled through with a button binding
- Python 2.7 or 3.3+ (for Debian/Ubuntu you need to install the python2.7-dev or python3.3-dev package)
- hcitool (usually available in the bluez-utils or equivalent package)
These packages will normally be installed automatically by the setup script, but you may want to use your distro's packages if available:
Installing the latest release is simple by using pip:
$ sudo pip install ds4drv
If you want to try out latest development code check out the source from Github and install it with:
$ git clone https://github.com/chrippa/ds4drv.git $ cd ds4drv $ sudo python setup.py install
ds4drv has two different modes to find DS4 devices, decide which one to use depending on your use case.
Raw bluetooth mode
Supported protocols: Bluetooth
Unless your system is using BlueZ 5.14 (which was released recently) or higher it is not possible to pair with the DS4. Therefore this workaround exists, which connects directly to the DS4 when it has been started in pairing mode (by holding Share + the PS button until the LED starts blinking rapidly).
This is the default mode when running without any options:
Supported protocols: Bluetooth and USB
This mode uses the Linux kernel feature hidraw to talk to already existing devices on the system.
$ ds4drv --hidraw
To use the DS4 via bluetooth in this mode you must pair it first. This requires BlueZ 5.14+ as there was a bug preventing pairing in earlier verions. How you actually pair the DS4 with your computer depends on how your system is setup, suggested googling: <distro name> bluetooth pairing
To use the DS4 via USB in this mode, simply connect your DS4 to your computer via a micro USB cable.
If you want to use ds4drv as a normal user, you need to make sure ds4drv has permissions to use certain features on your system.
ds4drv uses the kernel module uinput to create input devices in user land and
the module hidraw to communicate with DualShock 4 controllers (when using
--hidraw), but this usually requires root permissions. You can change the
permissions by copying the udev rules file to
You may have to reload your udev rules after this with:
$ sudo udevadm control --reload-rules $ sudo udevadm trigger
The preferred way of configuring ds4drv is via a config file. Take a look at ds4drv.conf for example usage.
ds4drv will look for the config file in the following paths:
... or you can specify your own location with
Command line options
You can also configure using command line options, this will set the LED to a bright red:
$ ds4drv --led ff0000
ds4drv --help for a list of all the options.
ds4drv does in theory support multiple controllers (I only have one controller myself, so this is untested). You can give each controller different options like this:
$ ds4drv --led ff0000 --next-controller --led 00ff00
This will set the LED color to red on the first controller connected and green on the second.
- Bluetooth 2.0 dongles are known to have issues, 2.1+ is recommended.
- The controller will never be shut off, you need to do this manually by holding the PS button until the controller shuts off
- No rumble support
Check here for frequently encountered issues.
Failed to create input device: "/dev/uinput" cannot be opened for writing
This could be because the uinput kernel module is not running on your
lsmod | grep uinput should show if the module is loaded.
If it is blank, run
sudo modprobe uinput to load it. (The uinput module
needs to be installed first. Please check with your distro's package
To have the uinput module load on startup, you can add a file
/etc/modules-load.d. For example:
# in file /etc/modules-load.d/uinput.conf # Load uinput module at boot uinput
The DualShock 4 report format is not open and had to be reverse engineered. These resources have been very helpful when creating ds4drv: