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AntiMicro 2.6 was released recently, getting two new turbo modes, an option to invoke the Game Controller mapping window from command line as well as experimental uinput support.


For those not familiar with AntiMicro, this is an application that can be used to map keyboard and mouse buttons to gamepad buttons, useful for playing games with no gamepad or poor gamepad support.

AntiMicro is written in C++ using Qt for the graphical framework and it was created as a replacement for QJoyPad, which unfortunately is no longer being maintained. The application features controller stick support, 8-way controls, virtual Dpad support, profiles that can be loaded via command line and more.

The latest AntiMicro 2.6 includes the following changes:
  • added two new Turbo modes:
    • Gradient mode, which is used to change the key press time depending on the position of an axis (useful for racing games);
    • Pulse mode is used to change how many times a key press is invoked depending on the position of an axis (scrolling in a web browser using arrow keys).
  • fixed profile resetting in a couple of places;
  • added option to invoke Game Controller mapping window from command line. The final mapping string will be printed to stdout. This is useful for saving a SDL_GAMECONTROLLERCONFIG for your controller that can be used system wide. Any SDL 2 game can then be set up to use that mapping and it can be changed if needed;
  • profiles now use a unique .amgp file extension. Older xml profiles will continue to be supported;
  • fixed spring mouse mode so that it uses proper axis distance values;
  • set changing has been fixed for analog sticks and virtual dpads;
  • experimental uinput support has been added to the source code. Binary Linux packages will continue to utilize XTest for event generation for the time being. If you would like to test uinput integration then you will have to compile the program using -DWITH_UINPUT=ON and -DWITH_XTEST=OFF when running cmake. Playing Warsow 1.5.1 in Linux using antimicro requires using uinput integration. Also, keys can now be pressed in a tty.

Also, since our previous article on AntiMicro, the application has received an extensive number of new features and improvements, like spring mouse mode, joystick hotplugging support, Enhanced Precision mouse curve, various Steam OS optimizations (this is now default) and also, AntiMicro was ported to Windows. For more information, check out the AntiMicro changelog.

For more information on AntiMicro as well as a quick usage guide, see our previous article: Map Keyboard/Mouse Input To Your Gamepad With AntiMicro

Install AntiMicro in Ubuntu / Linux Mint via PPA

To install AntiMicro in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, you can use a PPA. Add the PPA and install AntiMicro using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mdeguzis/libregeek
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install antimicro

Download AntiMicro

Download AntiMicro - source code or Windows binaries

Arch Linux users can install AntiMicro via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, see THESE instructions.

Also see: Get Xbox Gamepads Properly Configured In Ubuntu With ubuntu-xboxdrv