Play Minecraft on Mac With Xbox 360 Controller





I have played Minecraft on the xbox 360 and on the computer . To be honest the computer version is a lot better but the xbox edition is WAY easier to play the Xbox 360 version.

So here is the solution.

Look at my other Instructable called, How to connect Xbox 360 controller to mac. Do that and then come back to this intractable.

HERE is the other instructable link.


Step 1: Download Controllermate

By The Way this is for Macintosh. sorry windows users.

First you want to download Controllermate the link is HERE . Click on try for free. then download.

Step 2: Open ControllerMate

Open it and click on register.

type in what you see on second picture.

Step 3: Import Document.

Click on and download file that is inserted.

Step 4: Edit

After importing this you want to place checks on everything that is included in document.

Step 5: Edit Minecraft Keys

This is what you have to change:

1. Attack/Destroy = Bracket ( ] )

2. Build = Bracket ( [ )

3. Sneak = Left Menu (alt/option)

4. List players = Equals (=)

Step 6: Done

After that you are done. Enjoy!!



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    10 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago

    Hi! I really appreciate the instructions provided. I have a PowerA wired xBox controller. Will these instructions work? I notice the configurations provided in the download file are for wireless controllers. How can I get configurations for a third party wired xBox controller?


    1 year ago

    I'm not sure if you even check this anymore, but I figured I'd give it a go since I literally cannot find anything useful for the whole controller/minecraft/mac issue.

    I followed everything you said to the T. Except prior to this I had to install the driver for the xbox controller. I used This works well with my controller and I've checked multiple times to make sure it is reading my xbox one wired controller.

    Then I followed your instructions. I downloaded and installed ControllerMate with no issue and was able to register it just fine as well. Restarted my computer bc installer suggested I do that.

    After reboot, I started up ControllerMate, checked to make sure my screen had all the same things as your screenshots had then started up Minecraft. I went in and changed out the keybindings in Minecraft to the adjusted ones you had written. Nothing, Minecraft was not picking up anything. Rebooted a few times just to check and still no control with my xbox one wired with Minecraft.

    Next, I realised I could check the programming in ControllerMate to see if the keys were registering through that programming. I realised that the controller wasn't communicating with that software. Went back into my controller driver (listed in the link earlier in this post) to turn on the setting "Pretend to be an Xbox 360 controller". Went back into ControllerMate to check if it was registering the controller and voilà it was.

    Excited I go back to start up minecraft and a big fat nothing!

    For the life of me I cannot figure out why Minecraft is not picking up on the controller!!!

    If by some awesome luck of the universe you still get notifications or check out the comments to your tutorial, I could really use some help trying to figure out what's going on.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I was in the same boat, make sure that in the controller mate program that everything is enabled - that means all of the checkmarks as well as the little gear icons to the right of the check marks. Once I did this along with the steps that you outlined this worked without issue


    2 years ago

    I am using a new Macbook Pro. The XBox 360 Controllers section of System preferences shows the controller is connected and displays whichever button I'm pressing, so I know the controller is communicating with the computer. I downloaded and imported your ControllerMate file and enabled all the checkboxes like you said. I changed the control keys within Minecraft Options as you said. The controller does not communicate with Minecraft.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    So I just pulled up the Keyboard Viewer to see if the controller buttons register as keypresses, and they do not.


    Reply 2 years ago

    After this failed, I found an article on Tweaking4All and based on its recommendations, I tried Enjoy, Enjoy 2, Enjoyable, and finally Joystick Mapper. The first three had major problems. Joystick Mapper works well, although the mouse movement is slightly abrupt. The article listed a few others as well, which I did not try, because I did not need to. But if Joystick Mapper does not work for someone, they have options.


    2 years ago

    For some reason the controls aren't responsive? I know the controller works because I can play other games with it on my Mac, but this just isn't working for me

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Did you change the controls on the minecraft settings? That might be the problem. Also you need to make sure the controller mate is activated. Also did you look at the other instructable?