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 buttons and sticks are pressed on the controllers, JoyToKey converts them into keyboard strokes and/or mouse movements so that the target application will work as if a real keyboard and a mouse were used.

joy2key: gamepad to keyboard
Joystick to Keyboard input

JoyToKey is a shareware, but you can download the latest version for free. Try it on your PC to play games which don't have native controller support with your favorite joysticks and/or use it for general applications to improve efficiency by registering frequently used key shortcuts as a joystick input. If you find JoyToKey useful, you can purchase a license key at any time from JoyToKey application menu.


Location of user configuration data (profiles)

Starting from version 6.3, when JoyToKey is installed from the installer (JoyToKeySetup_en.exe), user configuration data will be by default stored in "JoyToKey" folder in user's "Documents" folder.

In case you upgrade JoyToKey from the version older than 6.3, please manually copy the configuration files (JoyToKey.ini and *.cfg files) from the old "JoyToKey" folder into your "Documents/JoyToKey" folder so that your old configuration data can be accessed. In case of issues or questions, please refer to this post for more details.

JoyToKey Version 6.6 Released

Version 6.6 includes the following changes:

  • Experimental support for a "Share" button on the XBox Series X/S controller when it's connected over Bluetooth Wireless.

    By default, Windows doesn't seem to recognize the newly introduced "Share" button on XBox Series X/S controller when it's connected over Bluetooth Wireless. Even in that case, you may be able to use a "Share" button through JoyToKey, by enabling the experimental mode from menu "Settings" -> "Preferences", and change "Input device types" to "Experimental Logic (Beta)".

  • Improved the automatic detection when an additional joystick is connected.
  • Supported a negative coordinate for moving the mouse cursor to the absolute location. It might be useful in case you want to jump to a monitor which is positioned left to the main monitor.
  • Added a new command line option "-q" (quiet) to disable the log file generation.
  • Added a new parameter in "JoyToKey.ini" file to default the configuration for newly detected devices (primarily used by https://www.oneswitch.org.uk/")
  • Stopped the support for Windows XP, in order to use a new API. For those who are using Windows XP or 2000, DO NOT upgrade and please continue to use the old version you have been using.
  • Various bug fixes

Other notable changes included in the recent releases:

  • JoyToKey is packaged and distributed with an installer (Distribution of ZIP file format is still available)
  • User configuration data is by default stored in "JoyToKey" folder in user's "Documents" folder.

    In case you upgrade JoyToKey from an older version, please copy (or move) the old "JoyToKey" folder into your "Documents" folder so that you can continue to access your configuration data.

  • New feature to paste a pre-defined text to the target application
  • Supported repeat and toggle click in mouse absolute movement mode
  • Enhanced the association of profiles - Ability to associate based on the target window title, besides the file path of the target application
  • Enhanced ButtonAlias function - Now support 3 button combination
  • Support up to max 50 joysticks (previously 32 joysticks)
  • Support up to max 128 buttons (previously 32 buttons)
  • Enhanced an execution of an external program to be able to
    • pass command parameters
    • specify the starting working directory
  • 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).
  • Supported multiple screens for the absolute movement of a mouse cursor.
  • 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".
Complete version history can be founded here, and the latest version can be downloaded from here.

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)


Mar 14, 2021
JoyToKey 6.6 Release
Aug 16, 2020
JoyToKey 6.5 Release
Jun 3, 2020
JoyToKey 6.4.3 Release (bug fix)
Apr 19, 2020
JoyToKey 6.4.2 Release
Jul 21, 2019
JoyToKey 6.3 Release
Feb 2, 2019
JoyToKey 6.2 Release
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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