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3 Best Free Gamepad / Joystick controller Softwares for PC – Windows 7/8.1/10 Work on Laptop/Computers!


Sometimes, we need to run or play a game which doesn’t support our xbox 360,ps2,ps3 gamepads or our gaming joysticks on computer, or sometimes just to simplify things and game playing, as playing using the normal keyboard + mouse combo can become tedious and boring too. Just imagine using an analog control (stick) and moving it instead of using the normal combination of A,S,D,Z,W to move the object or character , and using another stick to change the view :) , sounds interesting ? isn’t it , well indeed it is! , so following are 3 best free gamepad controller softwares which will help you to easily map keyboard inputs to mouse and thus get an edge playing the game!

Software # 1 – Xpadder

Xpadder for windows

Xpadder is one of the most widely recommended tools for controlling your gamepad or game controller on PC / Windows, though the new Xpadder version isn’t free, we can use the old xpadder version on newer windows versions to overcome this limitation.
Click here for tutorial to use an older xpadder version on Windows 7/8.1/10 with a detailed configuration steps to map keyboard/mouse inputs to Joystick / Gamepad.


Software # 2 – JoyToKey


Though Xpadder isn’t free we have a good free alternative game controller software another free alternative to xpadder – JoyToKey . JoyToKey helps to configure advanced controls and functionalities to gamepad buttons/analogs , with acceleration  and vibration support.
Click here to view advanced JoyToKey configuration tutorial to control your gamepad on PC.


Software # 3 – Xbox360ce


Using Xbox 360 controller on PC becomes more easy if you’re using Xbox360ce, xbox360ce helps you use any controller on your pc / computer by assigning and mapping vaarious keyboard / mouse actions to gamepad buttons, and then generates the xinput.dll files, these xinput files then have to be copied to the game directory, before running the game executables. After copying the .dll files, execution of game let’s the inputs be given to the game directly from the gamepad controller! ,
Click here to for a detailed xbox360ce tutorial.


So these are the best 3 free gamepad controller softwares to control game pad / joystick on PC / Computers for Windows 7 / 8.1 /10 , If you know of any good other such controllers, or face any problems while using them feel free  to comment


  1. Rixa Pirata August 20, 2015

    Thanks for this….saved me alot of hassle. 🙂

  2. Ali Star December 22, 2015

    Xpadder isn’t free anymore

  3. byambaa_Shine_WOTank June 14, 2016

    thx man

  4. Damir Gale February 5, 2017

    DS4 windows tool, just cant be easyer than thise!!

  5. leela June 7, 2017

    I’d suggest reWASD. got the license for a like on facebook page, consider it free 🙂 its functionality is lit

    1. barbz April 22, 2018

      how did you come about that

  6. Prabhat Kumar August 9, 2017

    Found a new android APP by MoboAlian ….it is just awesome …you can use this APP as an game-pad/Mouse/VLC Media controller , you can also make custom pads …amazing …


  7. Robert Blair Aldridge October 16, 2017

    JoyToKey is no longer free


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