What is JoyToKey?

JoyToKey (or Joy2Key) enables PC game controllers to emulate the keyboard and mouse input, so that windows applications and web games can be controlled with your favorite joysticks! Whenever joystick buttons and sticks are pressed, JoyToKey converts them into keyboard strokes and/or mouse movements so that the target application will work as if you are using a real keyboard and a mouse.

joy2key: gamepad to keyboard
Joystick to Keyboard

JoyToKey is a shareware, but you can download the latest version for free. Try it on your PC to play games with your joysticks and/or use it for general applications to improve efficiency by registering frequently used key input as a joystick shortcut. If you find JoyToKey useful, you can purchase a license key at any time from JoyToKey application menu.


JoyToKey Version 6.1.1 Released

Recent changes:

  • Version 6.1.1 includes an important bug fix for version 6.x. If you're using version 6.0 and 6.1, it's recommended to upgrade to 6.1.1.
  • Supported multiple screens for the absolute movement of a mouse cursor.
  • Supported an execution of an external program for a button assignment.
    Besides launching a program, you can also open an URL in the browser. These enable you to use JoyToKey as a kind of launcher.
  • Supported additional key-code emulations such as the volume control (up / down / mute), media control (prev / next / play / stop), and SCROLL_LOCK key.
  • Changed the default key emulation code for arrow keys, R-Alt and R-Ctrl, to fix some compatibility issue with recent Windows 10. In case it causes a problem for certain old games and you want to use the old key code, in the button assignment window, please select an equivalent key (from right-click menu) which is labeled as "for DirectInput".
  • Single click a task tray icon to refresh joystick connections
    When you connect a new joystick to the PC, you can just click the task tray icon to get it recognized (either left click or right click).
  • Ability to re-process the key emulation event when the same key continues during the processing of Input1-Input4 sequence (Keyboard 2).
    By default, when processing the sequence of key emulation through Input1 to Input4, if the same key assignment continues, it's emulated only once. This behaviour can be changed from "Options" tab by enabling the following checkbox: "Re-process when the same key continues in sequence"
  • Misc bug fixes such as button highlighting
Complete version history can be founded here, and the latest version can be downloaded from here.

Uploaded the old 5.2.1 version

In case you're having a compatibility issue with some online game, the following two versions can be downloaded from here.

  • the latest version - which is supposed to fix the issue
  • the old version 5.2.1 - which seems to be unaffected by the issue

WARNING: Be careful with unofficial download sites

JoyToKey seems to be distributed in various unofficial websites, and some of them seem to be distributing a tweaked software (or "download manager") to install extra applications on your PC.

They are not official distributions, and the author of JoyToKey is not involved in any of those activities. Unless you have a good reason to trust those unofficial websites, you should download JoyToKey from the official download page in order to avoid unnecessary troubles.

(There does exist some useful 3rd party websites though, for example, a site for people with disabilities where JoyToKey is packaged with pre-defined configurations for PC accessibility)


Sep 23, 2018
JoyToKey 6.1.1 Release
Sep 16, 2018
JoyToKey 6.1 Release
Sep 9, 2018
JoyToKey 6.0 Release
Feb 23, 2017
JoyToKey 5.9 Release
Dec 27, 2015
JoyToKey 5.8.2 Release
Nov 21, 2015
JoyToKey 5.8.1 Release (bug fix)
Nov 7, 2015
JoyToKey 5.8 Release
Aug 28, 2015
JoyToKey 5.7.1 Release
Apr 18, 2015
JoyToKey 5.7 Release
May 14, 2014
JoyToKey 5.6 Release
Jan 26, 2014
JoyToKey 5.5.1 Release (minor bug fix)
Jan 18, 2014
JoyToKey 5.5 Release
Nov 4, 2013
JoyToKey 5.4.2 Release
Oct 17, 2013
JoyToKey 5.4.1 Release
Oct 16, 2013
JoyToKey 5.4 Release
Aug 31, 2013
JoyToKey 5.3.1 Release
Aug 21, 2013
JoyToKey 5.3 Release
Sep 2, 2012
JoyToKey 5.2 Release
Apr 19, 2012
JoyToKey 5.1 Release
Sep 1, 2011
JoyToKey 5.0 Release

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