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Steam Controller On Ubuntu, A Tweak You Need To Do

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Since some people did get in an early order (not me, doh!), you will need to do a quick fix to get it to register properly.

I am unsure if this is needed for other distributions, but it needs it on Ubuntu currently:

Edit this file (example of my preferred way to edit):
sudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller-perms.rules

And pop this in it:
Quote# 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="YOURUSERNAME", OPTIONS+="static_node=uinput"

I thought it would probably be worth sharing until it's fixed officially, and for my own peace of mind to know exactly how to sort it when I receive mine if it's not fixed officially by next months full release.

Taken from here.

I spoke to Alan Pope, one of the lovely Ubuntu people on twitter and he confirmed they are working on the issue officially. Article taken from
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OlliC 10 Nov, 2015
Quoting: ricki42What worked for me on Ubuntu was what Olling posted above:

Quoting: OllingEDIT
This works for me:
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="28de", MODE="0666"
KERNEL=="uinput", MODE="0660", GROUP="uinput", OPTIONS+="static_node=uinput"

How would that work? Are you in group uinput?

But i have that one in place. And the permissions on /dev/uinput are ok.
Slackdog 5 Dec, 2015
Mine is recognised but the controller is unusable - can't control the mouse pointer. Steam now wants big picture mode all the time - sigh. I could see me using this controller but it seems on ubuntu (at least for me) it not happening.
Arehandoro 12 Dec, 2015
I post it here so more people can see it.

My perms.rules file looks like this:

# Valve USB devices
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="28de", MODE="0666"
# Steam Controller udev write access
KERNEL=="uinput", SUBSYSTEM=="misc", TAG+="uaccess"
# HTC Vive HID Sensor naming and permissioning
KERNEL=="hidraw*", SUBSYSTEM=="hidraw", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0bb4", ATTRS{idProduct}=="2c87", MODE="0666"

Do I still have to add something to it?


Last edited by Arehandoro on 12 December 2015 at 2:19 pm UTC
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