OS X Use Xbox 360 controller with Mac!

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  1. Jameshrcairns, Jan 18, 2009
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013

    Jameshrcairns macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Hi there, this is the updated tutorial of how to use an xbox 360 controller with your mac!
    (updated as of 1. Feb 2013)

    Simply make sure you have a working installation of at least version 0.11 of the 360 drivers on your Mac. You can download them from here
    If you have a third party 360 gamepad download this file: Extra Gamepads Installer (Adds 65 third party devices to the supported list).
    Open the .command file (you might need to right click on the file and select "Open" to avoid annoying GateKeeper stuff) and enter your admin password when prompted. Your password is not displayed when you type just press enter once you have typed it in and the script will run.

    Installing the driver will add support for the 360 gamepad and a few others. Running the script will add 65 third party gamepads and fight sticks. I don't offer any guarantees (neither do Feral) for the script but it seems to work well so far. If the pad is picked up by the drivers it should work in most/all games that support gamepads.

    The 65 supported devices so far are:

    Device Name - USB Vendor ID - USB Device ID
    ArcadeGameStick 1848 18264 \
    BatarangWired 5604 16144 \
    BigBenController 5227 1537 \
    Controller 1118 654 \
    DOA4Stick 3853 10 \
    GamestopGamepad 4779 770 \
    GamestopGamepad2 7085 63745 \
    GameStopGamepad3 3695 1025 \
    GuitarHero 5168 18248 \
    GuitarHero 5168 18248 \
    HoriFightingStickEX2 3853 10 \
    HoriFightingStickEX2B 7085 62725 \
    HoriFightingStickEX2C 3853 13 \
    HoriFSVX 7085 62723 \
    HoriPadEX2Turbo 7085 62721 \
    HoriPadEXTurbo 3853 12 \
    HoriRAPVXSA 7085 62722 \
    HoriUnnamed 7085 21760 \
    HoriUnnamedBlueSolo 7085 64001 \
    JoytekXbox360 5678 48879 \
    JoytekXbox360 5678 48879 \
    KonamiDancePad 4779 4 \
    LogitechF310 1133 49693 \
    LogitechF510 1133 49694 \
    LogitechF710 1133 49695 \
    MadCatzBrawlStick 7085 61465 \
    MadCatzFightStickNeo 7085 61498 \
    MadCatzGamepad 1848 18198 \
    MadCatzGamepad2 7085 63746 \
    MadCatzGamepad3 7085 61642 \
    MadCatzFPSPro 7085 61479 \
    MadCatzMicroConGamepad 1848 18230 \
    MadCatzMicroGamepad 1848 18230 \
    MadCatzPad3 7085 61462 \
    MadCatzPortableDrum 1848 39025 \
    MadCatzProGamepad 1848 18214 \
    MadCatzProGamepad 1848 18214 \
    MVC2TEStick 7085 61497 \
    MVC2TEStick2 1848 46904 \
    PDPAfterglow 7085 63744 \
    PDPTron 7085 63747 \
    PDPVersusPad 7085 63748 \
    PowerAMiniProEXGreen 5604 16128 \
    PowerAMiniProEXWhite 9414 21248 \
    RAPEXSE 3853 22 \
    RazerOnza 7085 64769 \
    RazerOnza2 5769 64769 \
    RazerOnzaTE 7085 64768 \
    RazerOnzaTE2 5769 64768 \
    RedOctaneController 5168 63489 \
    RockBandDrums 7085 3 \
    RockBandGuitar 7085 2 \
    RockCandy 3695 287 \
    SaitekCB360 1848 51970 \
    SC4VF5Stick 3853 13 \
    SF4FightPad 7085 61480 \
    SF4FightPad2 1848 18216 \
    SF4StickSE 1848 18200 \
    SF4StickTE 1848 18232 \
    SF4StickTER2 7085 61496 \
    SSF4StickTE 1848 63288 \
    SSFIVTEChunLi 7085 61501 \
    StrikeController 5769 1 \
    TSZPelican 3695 513 \
    ThrustmasterGPXLightback 9414 23298

    (Big hat-tip to Cesium133x for his simple guide that helped for the basis of my more streamlined script using the newer 0.11 drivers instead of the older 0.08 drivers)

    Unless your game does work with gamepads I would recommend avoiding Gamepad Companion. It overrides the built in game support often making things harder not easier. If you are trying to play any Feral game I would not use Gamepad companion as we have support for over 100 gamepads now without needing anything installed or setup beyond the 360 driver for 360 pads.

    If you ask nicely and email Edwin at padsupport@feralinteractive.com with the Device name, USB Device and Vendor ID for a third party 360 device he can add it to the script and update the download link for everyone.

    (All credit for this goes to Edwin or edddieduck)
  2. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    You don't need to use gamepad companion if your games support controller input usually. I've been using tatt's drivers for a couple years and never had a problem. It would be nice to have more flexibility and button remapping in the driver like its Windows counterparts, but it does a fine job all the same.
  3. Jameshrcairns thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Suppose sometimes they go a bit wrong though
    i find gamepad companion the easier option.

    All the Best
  4. buddman macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    OK, I'm part way there on the 360 controller

    Open up Xbox 360 controller driver, Hit a few keys to see if it works.
    then open up gamepad companion, and then select on the left hand pane
    Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired/Wireless Controller.

    Depending on what game you wish to play you set the keys to different buttons
    Say if u want the RB on the controller to be say L on the key, in Gamepad Companion you press the RB on the controller and then there should be a Title that says no action then click on the drop down menu select single key then type in say L then click start and it will start emulating the letter L when you press RB

    Reply with Questions im Happy to Help

    All the Best[/QUOTE]

    Jamie - I'm a newbie taking you up on your offer of help. I've followed all your directions and all seems fine - mapped all the keys etc, get movement on the screen etc. However, when I go in to play a game (Wall-e I'm afraid), the computer only responds from the mouse. Is there something else I need to toggle to get it to listed to the controller?? Im running off a G5 Powermac BTW
    Txs. Dave
  5. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    this looks interesting, i think i might give it a try...

  6. grifta67 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2008
    I'm dismayed to report that so far I haven't been able to get the new Mad Catz Street Fighter 4 arcade stick working on my Mac. It's a perfect controller to use for older arcade games.

    The Xbox guide ring lights up for a couple seconds when I plug it in, but then nothing. I've tried installing the drivers mentioned above and the companion panel, neither recognize the stick. I emailed Colin who put together the Mac driver to see if he can add support for these new sticks.

    *fingers crossed*
  7. Anaximines macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2009
    I just bought a wired XBox 360 controller to use in OS X (10.5.6) but have been unable to get the driver to recognize the controller. The controller just sits there with the green ring flashing, meanwhile the preferences section says "No devices found"

    I've used the same controller on the same machine in XP through bootcamp and it works fine there.

    I also tried reinstalling the driver a few times, but no luck.

    Any thoughts?
  8. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    Has anyone been able to use a 3rd party wired controller? My madcatz controller appears in the popup menu but no buttons respond. :(
  9. djkirsten macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2006
    Does anyone know if this is possible with a PS3 or PS2 controller?
  10. Anaximines macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2009
    The same guy who made the Xbox controller driver did one for the PS3 controller: http://tattiebogle.net/index.php/ProjectRoot/Ps3Controller

    Still interested if anyone has any advice on what could be going wrong for me getting the XBox 360 one working since it seems to have worked for lots of other people............

    Edit: Nevermind.. I just plugged it again (for the hundredth time) and it works all of a sudden. Go figure. Better yet, go play computer games :)
  11. djkirsten macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2006
  12. crunchbox macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yeah I'm having the exact same problem here... Really frustrating - have tried a few other driver options but none seem to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  13. grosslyclever macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I have an wireless xbox 360 controller with rechargeable batteries.

    Should it work when I plug the controller into my mac with the supplied USB charger?

    I really want to play some games with my controller on my mac, but I can;t seem to figure it out.

    Please help.

    - GrosslyClever
  14. jimmymeddy macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
  15. grosslyclever macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Thats for windows...whatever I'll but a wired controller.

    Any xbox 360 controller will work?

    Even not from Microsoft? Example: Gamestop xbox 360 controller.

    Thanks! :D
  16. windowsblowsass macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
    The wireless adapter for windows is the only one and it will work with the driver on OSX
  17. jimmymeddy macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    Technically it's all just for Windows, hence why he's made the driver. ;)
  18. AlecG. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Sweet, definitely giving this a try sometime.
  19. Kyuugoki macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2009
    Coquitlam; BC, Canada
    I also have this problem; only difference is that my OS is 10.5.7. Several people have illustrated this problem, and yet there have been no acknowledgments that the issue even exists, nevermind an answer.

    I (as well as the others I'm sure) would really appreciate any advice as to how to go about remedying this problem.
  20. Babooshka macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I'm having the same problem on my MacBook Pro, no devices found. Shame, because on my iMac, I have this working perfectly, it's such a good wee driver for emulators. Anybody have any ideas as to why?

    Edit: Actually, nix that, it's working perfectly fine now...
  21. Kyuugoki macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2009
    Coquitlam; BC, Canada
    Wait, what!?

    Are you saying it works on your mac book pro again? What is your OS ver? Did you update the os or xbox driver recently?
    [Edit] Forgot to mention: What version of the driver to you use?
  22. CoachStall macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
  23. jkfx7 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    anyone had any luck getting the wireless xbox 360 controller working in snow leopard?
  24. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Would the intent of trying to get a console controller working on your Mac is to play a console game on it? Otherwise keyboard/mouse, especially for FPS is superior.
  25. CorporateFelon macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Boston, MA
    I mainly use it for my SNES emulator. I know the Dpad is the 360 controller's weak point, but it is still the best wireless controller I've come across. I have a Mac Mini connected to my TV, so I needed a wireless controller.

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