Kodi Controller Configuration – A Gamepad Remote

If your HTPC media centre is located in your living room and you do not have a purpose built remote control then why not use a game controller. A gamepad can be a comfortable and effective way of navigating through your content, playing your films and opening picture files. The later versions of Kodi are pretty good at detecting controllers and some will work out of the box. Kodi 17 Krypton comes packaged with a controller configuration tool.  In this Kodi Controller configuration post I will show you where the controller settings are and how to setup a gamepad for Kodi use.

Best Game Controllers for HTPC Systems

Below are some of our top game controllers for HTPC systems.

Controller TypeManufacturerFeatures
XBOX 360 ControllerMicrosoft30 ft Range
XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming ReceiverMicrosoftConnect Multiple XBOX 360 Controllers to PC
Steam ControllerSteamOfficial controller of Steam OS
Nintendo Wii RemoteNintendoPerfect for Wii Emulators
Arcade Joystick for PCMayflashPerfect for Arcade Emulators

Kodi Controller Configuration – A Gamepad Remote

Before you change any of your configuration please ensure that you backup Kodi. This will allow you to quickly roll back any changes you make. For this Kodi Controller configuration guide we will be using Kodi 17.3 Krypton. The ability to effectively use game controllers as input devices and change their mappings was a new feature of this Kodi version. If find your Kodi gamepad not working properly then this feature can help you. Before you begin ensure that your chosen game controller is connected to your system and then any required drivers are installed.

To begin navigate to the Cog shape found above the main Kodi menu  to enter the settings screen. Here select System settings as shown in the image below. [Read: Best PC Game Controllers for HTPC – Emulators & Steam]

Kodi Controller Configuration

Kodi System Settings

Once in System settings navigate down to Input on the left hand menu. There are minimal settings on this window. Select Configure attached controllers as shown in the next screenshot. [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]

 

Kodi Gamepad Support

Kodi Input Settings – Configure Controller

On the majority of Kodi systems the add-on used for Kodi controller configuration is in a disabled state. You will receive a popup notification on your screen telling you this and asking you to switch it on. Select Yes to enable the Kodi controller addon. [Read: Gaming on your HTPC]

Kodi Game Controller

Kodi Controller Addon

Configuring Your Buttons for Kodi Gamepad Support

On the screen that follows you will see a full visual representation  of a Kodi game controller. The left hand option shows the available Kodi Controller profiles and by default there is only one available called Kodi. Kodi uses the same controller layout as the XBOX 360 controller and this is shown in the image. The right hand menu lists all of the available buttons. To change what a Kodi game controller button does click on it and it will ask you to then press a button on your gamepad. For example select button A from the right hand menu and then press any button on your controller. Kodi will then store this button press as your A button. All buttons in the list do different things within the application so please choose wisely. [Read: RPCS3 – The Working Playstation 3 (PS3) Emulator]

 

Kodi Gamepad not working

Kodi Controller Settings

When you have completed all buttons in the list you will then have full Kodi gamepad support. You can now use your controller as a remote. The Kodi community offers a range of downloadable profiles for different controller layouts. Se these availablle controller profiles here.

If you are interested in gaming on your HTPC [Read: Top 5 Emulator Frontends for your HTPC Media Center]

Kodi Gamepad Support – Final Thoughts

The new Kodi game controller configuration tool packaged with Kodi Krypton is a great way to setup a gamepad as a remote. It is simple to use and allows you to configure your controllers exactly how you want them. If you do not have a remote then a good gamepad is the next best thing to browse through your media libraries. Is your Kodi gamepad not working correctly? As long as the device is detected by Kodi the Kodi Krypton addon should allow you to fix the issue.

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