Xpadder for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.7
  • 3
  • (1038)
  • Security Status

PC emulation software for gamepads

Xpadder is an emulator application that lets you control your PC keyboard and mouse with a game console. You can sync your keyboard and mouse buttons with your joystick commands. Xpadder is compatible with Microsoft Windows PC computers and laptops on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Is Xpadder free?

The official version of Xpadder is available for a reasonable one-time payment. There is no subscription model that you will need to renew. If you purchase Xpadder, then you will automatically gain access to the future editions of the gaming utility. You will receive new software updates as they are released when you download and install the app.

Is Xpadder a virus?

Xpadder is a safe program to use on PC devices. While the original tool is free of malware and spyware, there are other sources that provide the software as a free download , but is possibly an attempt to share malware. The developer does not promote a free version.

The official Xpadder platform does not display advertisements. Xpadder provides a distraction-free environment that is ideal to play PC games, listen to music, watch videos, etc.

Does Xpadder work with Xbox One controller?

If you have Xpadder, then you can link your Xbox One controller with your PC computer or laptop to integrate the keyboard and mouse buttons with the controller sticks. Additionally, the emulator can map your keyboard and mouse movements onto Xbox 360 controllers.

Does Xpadder work with PS4 controller?

There is a multitude of compatible gamepads that Xpadder can handle. If you have Xpadder, then you can play video games on your PC with a PlayStation 4 controller. Xpadder lets you use older gamepads by PlayStation: Playstation 2, Playstation 3, etc.

How do I use Xpadder for PC games?

You can easily download and install Xpadder. The joystick solution is lightweight and does not take up a lot of storage space on your PC. There is a clean user interface that is filled with features. You will be directed to click on the joypad icon to begin. A context menu will drop down from the gamepad picture.

You can click on ‘New’ beside the blank controller icon to create a layout. A new window will open with fine-tuning options for gamepad support. There are tabs within the bottom portion of the screen: ‘Image’, ‘Sticks’, ‘DPad’, ‘Buttons’, and ‘Triggers’. You can begin by copying and pasting an image of your controller model into the image portion of the UI.

The controller will need to be linked with the PC device. You can mark the box next to the first ‘Enable’ option within the ‘Sticks’ tab to synchronize your handheld equipment with your PC. The software will guide you through a calibration process that has you push the stick in different directions. Xpadder will provide you force feedback after you follow the prompts.

There will be a shaded circle on the page that you can maneuver around the gamepad image. You can configure the other controls by dragging and dropping the circle on top of the different parts of the game controller. You can repeat the process on the other side of the controller by selecting the second ‘Enable’ box. Additionally, the ‘DPad’ segment can be enabled.

You can map the commands within the ‘Buttons’ tab by pressing a button on the gamepad and adding that selection to the chart. The key can move around the chart. You can click on the mapped buttons to delete or rename them. The ‘Triggers’ tab lets you associate the outer buttons on the controller with the software.

How do I use map controller buttons on the keyboard?

You can map your keyboard on the console controller by creating a profile in Xpadder.  Making multiple profiles is a possible option. The notepad icon to the right of the gamepad icon will let you create a new profile to map your full keyboard and mouse onto a joystick. The keyboard and mouse emulation process can be time consuming.

There are websites that let you copy and paste their emulated information into Xpadder. You can click on the note image to open the dropdown menu to press ‘Paste’. The data will automatically upload into the user interface. The profile management system will not automatically save the info.

You can press the save icon that is to the right of the notepad. There are files that you can download from the internet and upload into Xpadder to easily map the controller. If you use a file from a website, then you can tap on the ‘Open’ option under the notepad icon to load the mapped controls.

Is Xpadder worth it?

Xpadder is a popular tool that you can use to link your game controllers with your PC for an affordable price. You can play multiplayer games with multiple controllers at the same time.

It is definitely worth the download. 

Alternative configuration applications

AntiMicro, Controller Companion, DS4Windows, Joy2Key, and reWASD are other PC emulator apps. AntiMicroX offers the most appealing user interface to map your keyboard and mouse controls onto your handheld device. While AntiMicro is free to download, the program requires more technical knowledge than Joy2Key and Xpadder.

DS4Windows is an easy-to-use Windows application that requires a DualShock PlayStation 4 controller. reWASD is a paid software program that is specifically made for Xbox controllers. Controller Companion functions with a variety of joysticks.

A favorite PC emulator

Xpadder is a platform that can configure your game controller and PC together for the best possible user experience. The utility is compatible with an extensive number of gamepads. You can use Xpadder on a Windows OS. You can translate the UI into different languages: English, German, Spanish, etc.

What’s new?

Xpadder receives consistent software updates. You can visit the official website to see their latest update, privacy policy, cookie settings, etc.

Using either the keyboard or the mouse to play videogames on your PC is not always the most comfortable option. Sometimes you'd love to use your gamepad but unfortunately not all games have support for them. Xpadder puts an end to this problem, allowing you to play PC games with poor or no gamepad support at all.

These are the features Xpadder has to offer:

  • Full keyboard and mouse emulation
  • No installation needed - run straight from the Zip file
  • Add gamepad support to emulated, internet and DOS games
  • Play multiplayer games with each player using their own gamepad
  • Control video/music players using their shortcut keys
  • Use a gamepad with a web browser or any windows application
  • Rumble (force feedback) and advanced fine-tuning options
  • Create and share any layout for any controller
  • Multiple profile management using sharable files


  • Lightweight
  • Multiple players
  • Variety of languages
  • Shortcuts available online
  • Compatible with a multitude of gamepads


  • Not cross-platform

Older versions

Xpadder for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.7
  • 3
  • (1038)
  • Security Status

User reviews about Xpadder

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    This is an awesome program if you want to use console controllers on a PC..
    This is an awesome program if you want to use console controllers wi More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    not compatible with windows7 ?.
    i tried to download but i clicked on it afterwards and it wouldn't let me open said it wasn't compatible so i we More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Better way to play!.
    xpadder proved to be a better way to control my avatar in Skyrim as I was able to set it up and cover all major actions in  More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Better way to play!.
    xpadder proved to be a better way to control my avatar in Skyrim as I was able to set it up and cover all major actions in  More


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