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WMINPUT(1) General Commands Manual WMINPUT(1)


wminput - an event driver for the wiimote


wminput [options]


This manual page documents briefly the wminput command.

wminput is a program that provides an event driver for the wiimote, supporting all buttons (except Power) and pointer tracking, and featuring a tracking algorithm plugin architecture.

Your kernel must be configured with uinput support (INPUT_UINPUT, or Device Drivers/Input Device Support/Miscellaneous Drivers/User Level Driver Support under menuconfig). Compile into the kernel or as a module. See for information on kernel compilation. By default, some (most? all?) udev configurations set up a uinput device file readable only by root. Using wminput as a user other than root requires configuration udev to change the permissions on uinput. Place the following line in a file in /etc/udev/rules.d (see the documentation for your distro for the recommended file for local rules) to allow anyone on the system to use uinput:

KERNEL=="uinput", MODE="0666"

A more secure method uses the following line to allow anyone in <group> to use wminput, and adds only the desired users to <group>:

KERNEL=="uinput", GROUP="<group>"

A uinput group can be created specifically for this purpose, or another existing group such as wheel can be used.

Getting X to recognize non-standard key symbols, and mapping actions to those symbols, is not automatic. An excellent tutorial at can help you set this up. An overview of the process (see the HOWTO for more information):
1.Edit ~/.CWiid/wminput.conf
2.Use xev, wminput, and your wiimote to find out if the key symbols are already mapped, and find the key codes if they are not.
3.If the codes are not mapped to the appropriate symbols, edit ~/.Xmodmap, and use xmodmap to map them. (A copy of my ~/.Xmodmap is included in CWiid/doc)
4.Use xbindkeys or a window manager-specific utility to map the key symbols to specific actions.

wminput tracking plugins are, by default, installed to /usr/lib/CWiid/plugins. Plugins may also be placed in ~/.CWiid/plugins, and plugins placed here will take precedence.


Show summary of options.
Output version information and exit.
Choose config file to use.
Implies -q, -r, and -w.
Reduce output to errors
Automatically try reconnect after wiimote disconnect.
Wait indefinitely for wiimote to connect.
Specify the wiimote bluetooth address. The bluetooth device address (bdaddr) of the wiimote can be specified on the command-line, or through the WIIMOTE_BDADDR environment variable, in the that order of precedence. If neither is given, the first wiimote found by hci_inquiry will be used.




wminput was written by L. Donnie Smith <>

This manual page was written by Romain Beauxis <>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

janvier 18, 2007