Linux support for Microsoft SideWinder X4 / X6 and Logitech G105 / G710+.
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Sidewinder daemon

This project provides support for gaming peripherals under Linux. It was originally designed for the Microsoft SideWinder X4, but we have extended support for more keyboards. Our goal is to create a framework-like environment for rapid driver development under Linux.

Supported devices

  • Microsoft SideWinder X4
  • Microsoft SideWinder X6
  • Logitech G105
  • Logitech G710
  • Logitech G710+


Please check, if this project has already been packaged for your specific Linux distribution. Currently maintained packages:

If there are no packages available for your Linux distribution, please proceed with the manual installation from source:

  1. Install the following dependencies. Please refer to your specific Linux distribution, as package names might differ.
  • cmake 2.8.8 (make)
  • libconfig 1.4.9
  • tinyxml2 2.2.0
  • libudev 210
  1. Create a build directory in the toplevel directory:

    mkdir build
  2. Run cmake from within the new build directory:

    cd build
    cmake ..
  3. Compile and install:

    make install


Enable and start Sidewinder daemon:

systemctl enable sidewinderd.service
systemctl start sidewinderd.service

Configure /etc/sidewinderd.conf according to your needs. Please change the user, as the default user is root.

You can now use your gaming peripheral! Please note, that there is no graphical user interface. Some LEDs might light up, letting you know, that Sidewinder daemon has successfully recognized your keyboard.

Record macros

The macro keys are fully programmable, but there is no default event. You can add functions to them, by recording macros or key combinations:

  1. Choose a profile. The profile LED on the device will show you, which profile is active.
  2. Press record key. The record LED will light up.
  3. Now, choose and press a macro key. On some devices, the record LED will begin to blink. You're now in macro mode. Please note, that existing macros may get overwritten.
  4. Everything you type on the keyboard will get recorded. You can either record a single key combination or a long series of keypresses. Please note, that keypresses still send events to your operating system and your programs.
  5. When done, press the record key again. This will stop recording and save the macro.
  6. You've now created a macro. Use it by setting the chosen profile and pressing the chosen macro key.


In order to contribute to this project, you need to read and agree the Developer Certificate of Origin, which can be found in the CONTRIBUTING file. Therefore, commits need to be signed-off. You can do this by adding the -s flag when commiting: git commit -s. Pseudonyms and anonymous contributions will not be accepted.


This project is made available under the MIT License. For more information, please refer to the LICENSE file.