Copyright © 2016, 2017 Andrew "HER0" Conrad
tmdrv initializes some Thrustmaster racing wheels as a standard HID device.
This allows the wheels to be used in operating systems which are not officially supported, though it likely only works on Linux. Note that tmdrv does not enable force feedback. The eventual goal, and one I'll need help with, is to get these devices supported in the Linux kernel, including force feedback support.
tmdrv is made available under the terms of the GNU GPL version 3. See
- Thrustmaster T500RS
- Thrustmaster TX
- Thrustmaster TMX
See the status of additional devices on the GitLab board.
- Python 3
- python-libusb1 (must work with your Python 3 install)
- jscal (from Linux Console, for calibration)
The USB device files must be readable and writeable. I recommend setting a udev rule for this.
After plugging in your device, run
./tmdrv.py -d $device_name from the source
tree. A list of valid device names can be found with
For more information, try
By participating in tmdrv, you agree to the terms set forth by the
Contributor Covenant. See
CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md for details.
Issues or pull requests can be filed on the GitLab issue tracker.
Adding support for new devices
Other wheels which use the same method for initialization can be added to tmdrv relatively easily. If you have a device that you think will work, please file an issue (or add to the existing issue for your device, if it already exists) with the following information:
- The name of the device (e.g. Thrustmaster TX)
- The vendor and product USB IDs (e.g. 044f:b65d)
- A USB capture between the Windows driver and the device (such as with USBPcap on Windows or a Virtual Machine on Linux and Wireshark)
If it is determined that your device can be added to tmdrv, it would be helpful to test the support and provide a jscal preset (for eliminating deadzones).
In the case that you are having trouble providing all the requested information, please feel free to open an issue with that which you do know, and I will do my best to walk you through providing the rest.
Possible signs that your Thrustmaster wheel can be added to tmdrv
tmdrv uses a very simple and specific method of sending a message to the wheel which switches it to various modes. These modes may be the same for each one, so the following is my observations of the patterns, but it is possible that some devices have different behaviors or that I am wrong:
- Supports a console and PC via USB connection
- Relatively recent (possibly only Playstation 4 and Xbox One supporting wheels)
Playstation 4 wheels when plugged in to a Linux machine
- USB product ID of
- Device name of
Thrustmaster FFB Wheel
- Appears as a working joystick, but the configuration is incorrect, including buttons wrongly assigned and pedals acting as buttons
Xbox One wheels when plugged in to a Linux machine
- USB product ID is not
- Does not show as an HID device of any sort, not found in joystick-supporting software
With more data, these guidelines can almost definitely be made more accurate, but I've only seen limited information on a few devices!