Steam Controller

General Information

The majority of the time, the Steam Controller works out of the box without any modification. There are some instances, however, in which a custom udev rule is required for proper operation.


  • Steam Controller
  • Distro Used: Linux Mint 18 (Based on Ubuntu 16.04)

Steam Controller Udev Rule

  1. Create the rule
    vim /etc/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller-permission.rules
    # This rule is needed for basic functionality of the controller in Steam and keyboard/mouse emulation
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="28de", MODE="0666"
    # This rule is necessary for gamepad emulation
    KERNEL=="uinput", MODE="0660", GROUP="steamcontroller", OPTIONS+="static_node=uinput"
    # DualShock 4 wired
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="05c4", MODE="0666"
    # DualShock 4 wireless adapter
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0ba0", MODE="0666"
    # DualShock 4 slim wired
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="09cc", MODE="0666"
    # Valve HID devices over USB hidraw
    KERNEL=="hidraw*", ATTRS{idVendor}=="28de", MODE="0666"
    # Valve HID devices over bluetooth hidraw
    KERNEL=="hidraw*", KERNELS=="*28DE:*", MODE="0666"
    # DualShock 4 over bluetooth hidraw
    KERNEL=="hidraw*", KERNELS=="*054C:05C4*", MODE="0666"
    # DualShock 4 Slim over bluetooth hidraw
    KERNEL=="hidraw*", KERNELS=="*054C:09CC*", MODE="0666"
  2. Create a steam controller group
    groupadd steamcontroller
  3. Add the username(s) to the group that will use the steam controller
    gpasswd -a rjones steamcontroller
  4. Restart the computer
    shutdown -r now

  • linux_wiki/steam_controller.txt
  • Last modified: 2019/05/25 23:50
  • (external edit)