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PS4 Controller

Thu 05 May 2016

Setup Bluetooth

Reference here


  1. A compatible Bluetooth 2.1+ USB adapter
  2. At least one official Sony PlayStation 4 control pad


Log into your Raspberry Pi either via SSH or using a keyboard at the console.

sudo systemctl enable bluetooth.service
sudo systemctl start bluetooth.service

Pairing using bluetoothctl:

sudo bluetoothctl

Some of the commands available:

[bluetooth]# help
Available commands:
  list                       List available controllers
  show [ctrl]                Controller information
  select <ctrl>              Select default controller
  devices                    List available devices
  paired-devices             List paired devices
  power <on/off>             Set controller power
  pairable <on/off>          Set controller pairable mode
  discoverable <on/off>      Set controller discoverable mode
  agent <on/off/capability>  Enable/disable agent with given capability
  default-agent              Set agent as the default one
  scan <on/off>              Scan for devices
  info <dev>                 Device information
  pair <dev>                 Pair with device
  trust <dev>                Trust device
  untrust <dev>              Untrust device
  block <dev>                Block device
  unblock <dev>              Unblock device
  remove <dev>               Remove device
  connect <dev>              Connect device
  disconnect <dev>           Disconnect device
  version                    Display version
  quit                       Quit program

At the bluetoothctl prompt type the following commands:

agent on
power on
discoverable on
pairable on
scan on

Note I had to hit ctrl-c to get it to work after running bluetoothctl for some reason.

Example output can be found below:

[pi@pes ~]$ bluetoothctl
[NEW] Controller 00:15:XX:XX:XX:XX pes [default]
[bluetooth]# agent on
Agent registered
[bluetooth]# default-agent
Default agent request successful
[bluetooth]# power on
Changing power on succeeded
[bluetooth]# discoverable on
Changing discoverable on succeeded
[CHG] Controller 00:15:XX:XX:XX:XX Discoverable: yes
[bluetooth]# pairable on
Changing pairable on succeeded
[bluetooth]# scan on
Discovery started

Now put your Sony PlayStation 4 control pad into pairable mode by holding down the Share and PlayStation buttons until the light bar on the control pad flashes yellow. After a few seconds you should see at the bluetoothctl prompt that your control pad has been discovered, e.g.:

[bluetooth]# scan on
Discovery started
[CHG] Controller 00:15:XX:XX:XX:XX Discovering: yes
[NEW] Device 00:3C:XX:XX:XX:XX 00-3C-XX-XX-XX-XX
[NEW] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX 1C-66-XX-XX-XX-XX
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX LegacyPairing: no
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Name: Wireless Controller
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Alias: Wireless Controller
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX LegacyPairing: yes
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Class: 0x002508
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Icon: input-gaming

Take a note of the Bluetooth MAC address shown for “Wireless Controller”, e.g. 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX in my case.

Now type:

pair MAC

where MAC is the MAC address of your control pad and when prompted enter 0000 as the PIN, for example:

[bluetooth]# pair 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX
Attempting to pair with 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Connected: yes
Request PIN code
[agent] Enter PIN code: 0000
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Modalias: usb:v054Cp05C4d0100
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX UUIDs: 00001124-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX UUIDs: 00001200-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Paired: yes
Pairing successful
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Connected: no

Next we must trust the control pad by running:

trust MAC

where MAC is the MAC address of your control pad, for example:

[bluetooth]# trust 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Trusted: yes
Changing 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX trust succeeded

Finally, run the following command to connect to the control pad:

[bluetooth]# connect 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX
Attempting to connect to 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX
[CHG] Device 1C:66:XX:XX:XX:XX Connected: yes
Connection successful

Then type quit to exit back to the command prompt. You should now see that the light bar on your control pad is blue.

Other useful info:

[bluetooth]# info 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx
Device 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx
        Name: Wireless Controller
        Alias: Wireless Controller
        Class: 0x002508
        Icon: input-gaming
        Paired: yes
        Trusted: yes
        Blocked: no
        Connected: yes
        LegacyPairing: no
        UUID: Human Interface Device... (00001124-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: PnP Information           (00001200-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        Modalias: usb:v054Cp05C4d0100
[bluetooth]# paired-devices
Device 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx Wireless Controller
[bluetooth]# connect 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx
Attempting to connect to 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx
Connection successful
[bluetooth]# disconnect 1C:66:6D:76:9B:B4
Attempting to disconnect from 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx
Successful disconnected
[CHG] Device 1C:66:xx:xx:xx:xx Connected: no

Reconnect after reboot

  1. put PS4 controller into pairable mode (press PS button and Share), the front light bar will flash.
  2. run bluetoothctl
    1. connect 1C:66:6D:76:9B:B4


cat /dev/input/js0

You should see some strange characters appear as you use the joystick.

sudo apt-get install joystick
jstest /dev/input/js0

Finally Got Working

There are issues with serial port on rpi 3

pi@zoidberg ~ $ more /boot/cmdline.txt
dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=tty1 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootfstype=ext4
elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait
sudo apt-get install joystick

The info below will allow you to connect a PS4 and get you /dev/input/js0 however, only the touch pad worked when I did jstest /dev/input/js0 (or you could do cat /dev/input/js0 but only strange characters appear, but it works too).

So do pip install ds4drv (you need version 0.5.1 to work on jessie/rpi3) and it will go through and pair your device. Also follow the instructions on ds4drv to setup udev right. Then run:


This will pair and setup your joystick to work (I use SDL2 as my joystick interface) and it work great.

Also note, the light bar in the front should be strong, bright blue when paired. Using the instructions below, and only getting it to partially work, my light bar was blue, but dimm.

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