Gamepad Support on Steam for Linux

After some searching, I have finally figured out how to enable gamepad support in Steam for Linux. Sometimes Steam has trouble locating button map configurations for older controllers so a manual set up is required. Set up is easy, but unusually hard to find. Here is how it’s done:

1. Enter Big Picture Mode

In the top-right corner of the Steam interface is a button to enter Big Picture Mode. Click it.

Steam For Linux

2. Enter The Settings Menu

Click on the gear icon in the top right.

Steam Big Picture settings

3. Enter The Controller Settings Menu

Click on the Controller menu item.

Steam Controller Settings

4. Choose The Appropriate Controller

Now you will be presented with a list of detected controllers. Choose the one you want from the list. If your controller doesn’t show up here then try rebooting your computer with it plugged in. If that doesn’t work then I can’t help you ☹

Steam Controller Selection

5. Setup The Controller and Enjoy!

Now set up your controller button map and start playing. This part shouldn’t need any explanation so I’ll leave you to it.

Steam Controller Setup


Well that was harder than it should be. I’m not sure why they don’t make the controller settings accessible from the main window but at least it can be done.

Happy gaming! 凸(-_-)凸

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