Posted by: Josh | March 21, 2013

Minecontrol 2.0 released!

Play any game with your Xbox 360 controller! Minecontrol converts joystick input into WASD keyboard pulses and mouse movements to maximize compatibility with any controller-disabled game!

Version 2 has been brewing for a long time and has taken a lot of previous comments into account – D-pad support, saveable settings, huge button mappings, and ability to turn off trigger buttons to name a few! This is the successor for Minecontrol for Minecraft v1.x.



  • NEW: D-Pad mapping
  • NEW: refreshed UI
  • NEW: switch any button mapping to toggle mode (press once/hold key)
  • NEW: disable the trigger buttons
  • NEW: rearchitected for more fun
  • Xbox 360 controller support (Windows, Mac OSX/Linux/alternate controllers experimental)
  • Convert left joystick into WASD pulses, regulated by how much you push on the stick
  • Convert right joytick into mouse movements, also regulated by how much you push on the stick
  • Invert right joystick Y axis
  • Convert the trigger joystick into mouse movements
  • Map all controller buttons, joystick buttons, shoulders, to a huge set of available keyboard buttons or mouse commands

For more information visit Stay up to date with the latest version!


  1. Plug in your controller to your computer. Make sure your computer detects it!
  2. Visit and run the Java Web Start (JNLP) file to run Minecontrol. Running from this URL or the placed desktop icon will keep you up to date with the latest version.
  3. Your Xbox controller should already be configured for use. Use the configuration panel to map keys to your likings! Enjoy!


  1. Uninstall from your OS control panel. This application uninstalls like any standard Java Web Start application.

Note: preferences are saved in your home directory, as .minecontrol2.txt.


What about v1.x?

This version will no longer be maintained. If you’d like to download it manually or view the source, visit

Happy digging!

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  1. I just tried the app tonight – great work! There is one missing feature though that is keeping me from being able to use it – setting a “deadzone” for the thumbsticks and triggers. I’m guessing my controller is no longer tight as it once was and at rest will drift and occasionally the trigger appears “stuck”.

  2. Oh, and can you allow Enter to be mapped? When you die you can move the mouse with the thumbstick but there doesn’t seem to be a way to click “respawn”

  3. Awesome, thanks!

  4. hey this is a great program works perfect in the game its self but it messed up my key bored and mouse cant use the scroll whell number pad and my caps lock and num lock got reversed on is off and off is on any idea on a fix ?

  5. never mined fixed it fix was hol ctrl + alt and hit shift twice

    great program

  6. I just can’t make it work, i download the download.jnlp, i double-click on the file, a Java7 window opens up and then it just tells me that it’s impossible to launch the application giving me this error:

    MissingFieldException[ Il seguente campo obbligatorio non è contenuto nel file di avvio: ]
    at com.sun.javaws.jnl.XMLFormat.parse(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.jnl.LaunchDescFactory.buildDescriptor(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.jnl.LaunchDescFactory.buildDescriptor(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.jnl.LaunchDescFactory.buildDescriptor(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.updateFinalLaunchDesc(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.prepareToLaunch(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.prepareToLaunch(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.launch(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Main.launchApp(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Main.continueInSecureThread(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Main$ Source)
    at Source)


  7. I tried running the link with JavaWS, but it simply doesn’t open. It will show a window with the drawn controller and some text for about 1 nanosecond, then disappear. No error, no running any program.

  8. doesn’t work!?

    Minecontrol for Minecraft
    Josh Carrier

    Allows gamepads such as the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller to be used with Minecraft.

  9. Minecontrol for Minecraft
    Josh Carrier

    Allows gamepads such as the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller to be used with Minecraft.

  10. ok well its an error either way its saying unable to launch application. :(

    i used it and it worked like a year ago…

  11. Help! I LOVE the app and can’t imagine playing without it but for some reason my left trigger (place block) is constantly getting ‘stuck’ and places many block in a row without pressing again. I have to hit it repeatedly until it becomes ‘unstuck’ It does it with all 3 controllers I have which are brand new and work flawlessly with the xbox- it’s quite a headache. Any ideas of what my issue may be? I don’t know what I can do- I did n’t have this problem with the original build.

  12. I need help after updating to minecontrol 2.0. I can’t get minecraft and mine control to work at the same time. Do you have any advice or possible solutions? Thanks in advance.

  13. I have the same problem that “Jake” posted about. My left trigger (place button gets stuck and places a ton of block constantly until i hit the trigger 2 or 3 more times to stop it. It is really annoying. I hope you can fix it. Other than that, this is a great app and I couldn’t play Minecraft without. Great job and thanks for your work!

  14. A few bugs/comments:

    1. “Look/Sensitivity” configuration is malfunctioning. Mouse sensitivity is the upper set of sliders, not the lower set as labeled. Nothing seems to affect movement sensitivity.

    2. I think this issue is unavoidable as it is just caused by Minecraft having the player arm lag behind when moving the camera. There is a noticeable shakiness when camera panning, most noticeable by looking at the player’s arm/tool. I’ve noticed this with other joystick software, plus you can reproduce it with a mouse by doing quick stuttering movements. I’m thinking there might be a Minecraft mod to correct for this, I’ll check around and see if I can find anything.

    3. I’d really like to be able to switch the functions of left and right joysticks, but at the moment they are read only.

  15. Hmm, I guess some of the camera shake is due to the polling rate of the joystick as well, as the background shakes too, just not as noticeable as the hand.

  16. I successfully downloaded the minecontrol, it recognizes my controller, but when I load Minecraft, the controller wont move my mouse. Any recommendations?

  17. when i use it devices ing the box help

  18. there are no devices listed sorry for the last one

  19. I have same problem when I go to use it the devices tab has no selections and my Xbox controllers on

  20. hey Kris, did you find any info if there is a mod to control the shaking and stuttering?

  21. It works except that the whole right side of my controller doesnt work in minecraft and instead works as a mouse on my desktop…what do i do?


  23. I go this for my grandson to play MC with the controller. It works great and we have had no problem using it so far. Now if I can just ever get my pc back it would be better.

  24. Does minecontrol work without internet cuz it wasn’t for me. I downloaded it, it worked great so I turned off my internet and then it wouldn’t work. When I clicked on it, it would pop up but where you choose your controller was blank and didn’t have any options. I eventually turned my internet on and it worked again. So is there a way around it because I use my phone’s hotspot and can’t keep it turned on all day since it drains my battery. Also I plan to get a desktop soon and it doesn’t have a wifi thing so I won’t be able to connect it to my hotspot.

  25. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging
    on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always be useful to read articles from other writers and use something from
    other web sites.

  26. How do i sprint?

  27. All the buttons work on the controller except for the left toggle…I cant move forward or backwards…!!

  28. This is one of the best things out there – but HOW do you run the JNLP file?
    Thanks In Advance

  29. i cant choose my xbox 360 controller, only standard keyboard or dell touchpad. by the way my 360 conrtoller is connected by a usb cord

  30. Is it possible to turn off the pulse mode? it would help a TON

  31. prada 心斎橋

  32. I downloaded minecontrol it sees my controller fine but when I start minecraft nothing. Running Ubuntu linux. Also ran a jstest-gtk which show the xbox controller and allows me to calibrate it. Not sure

  33. Would it be possible to invert the mouse only in movement mode, but not in mouse mode? It feels rather awkward for the Y-axis to be inverted while moving something on the screen.

  34. Hey, this is really great, except for one BIG problem. The problem is not really with your controller software, but with the Minecraft setting that double-tapping W causes movement to go into Sprint. This happens ALL THE TIME. It’s probably a timing thing where the “pulse” turns into a double-tap. Is there a way to work around this? Maybe this is why Sean Hale asked if you can add a setting to turn off Pulse mode.

  35. it gives me no option to run or launch it

  36. it just sais open or save. what do I do?

  37. Is there a way to bind CTRL to a button? I didn’t see the option in the bind settings, and I would rather not have to bind crouch back to shift to use my controller…

  38. So apparently this program is DOA for the new 1.6.4 Minecraft Launcher… =/

  39. Just so you know, whenever I launch this, it says it will run, but that it will be locked in future versions of Java due to security or certificate issues. Hope there’s a fix for this, I love this app!

  40. hey guys! when i downloaded minecontrol, i then opened minecraft and when i click on a world and click on “Play Selected World” the whole program just closes. what gives?

  41. apparently it controllls all over the place , the first time it worked , i tried exiting the game and the mouse all of a sudden controll by itself. restarted it byself it looks like your controll it were not stupid guys don’t download find something else

  42. Needs an option to adjust input threshold that way you don’t get joystick drift. Other than that it’s great!!!

  43. Everything works except the left joy stick (move). Any ideas? Windows 7, wireless xbox 360 controller

  44. Can you make an executable so I can use this while offline?

  45. doesnt work for me at all anymore.. sucks.. my lil boy is insisting on using the controller.. maybe i can use something else.

  46. Fresh install of Win7 32 bit and Java 1.7.45

    Everytime i try to run it, it says You security settings have blocked a saelf-signed application from running.

    Sign it Josh! LOL

    No, but seriously how do I fix this??


  47. “Your security settings have blocked a self-signed application from running.”

    Did I do something wrong? I didn’t think I could screw up three steps.
    I tried turning off all security, and I still got same error message.

  48. You can bypass “Your security settings have blocked a self-signed application from running.” by doing the following:

    1: Visit

    2: Right click on one of the Minecraft controls link and copy the URL.

    3: Open Configure Java application, located in your Start Menu or Start Menu, All Programs.

    4: In the Java Control Panel, click on Security.

    5: Click on Edit Site List…

    6: Click Add and click on the box that just appeared and paste in the URL. If a warning dialogue appears, click Continue.

    7: Click OK and close the Java Control Panel and re-click on the URL that you copied earlier and open it.

    8: Click on the check box and click on Run.

    Now Minecraft controls will be running, so happy crafting. :)

  49. plss it’s blocked

  50. Hi Josh,
    I appreciate your work. I was able to download and run the software through Java but the device listing is empty. I see that someone else asked the same question but there was no answer. again, the controller is on and tests good when I test using joy.cpl.
    Controller is (rock candy gamepad for Xbox360)

    Thanks for any assistance in advance,

  51. This is very handy with my PC controller, but the READ-ONLY MAPPINGS should be adjustable like the rest of the days. It makes little sense when it comes to it. I hope the update of this will do such. Other than that, it’s nice. 4/5

  52. *keys, not days. lol

  53. having same problem as Jake with left trigger getting stuck and placing blocks for 10 or more before stoping

  54. Dvorak layout user here, and the read only mappings are causing me a lot of problems. It would be very helpful to be able to change the keys for those settings.

  55. All it takes me to is the Java download page……

    sry if this looks like spam or if you just dont get on alot

  57. Hi all! Whoa, I’m really behind on the comments and the bug fixes. I’ve written down a couple people have mentioned here ( but I really need community contribution for this project to succeed.

    In the meantime, you can also try loading the previous major version here (

  58. Thanks! Appreciate it.

  59. Some friendly feedback. Seems like a great idea, i wish it worked for me.
    I was hoping it would allow me to use the xbox controller for some KB/M-only games like GTA and Deus ex, but sadly no. I tried all 3 versions of Minecontrol. When it’s on it makes my mouse go all wonky, drifting all over the place. I can’t even control the mouse enough to close the program. At the same time, from within the game the xbox controller does not work as mapped. there is some input from the ABXY keys but not the main functions of Move with L joy and Look around with R joy. Perhaps the program is not meant to be used as I am trying to use it. or perhaps there is a simple solution, but without any help file or technical advice I cannot find it. Best wishes!

  60. when I downloaded it it had no file extension and when I added .jnlp to it and clicked run the java 7 loading page and then nothing happened

  61. It says that its blocked by security settings

  62. good

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