Latest 0.0.1
License MIT
Platforms osx , requires ARC
Frameworks IOKit

Xbox 360 Controller Manager

This is a CocoaPod which provides a simple API for you to work with Xbox input devices such as controllers, guitars, and drumsets.


  • You need at least Mountain Lion
  • Install the driver which allows you to connect Xbox input devices (Controllers, Guitars, Drumsets) to your Mac.

You’re ready to roll with USB-cable devices! If you plan on using wireless devices, you’ll have to buy one of those first:

Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver


Head over to to learn more about how it works. Here’s a quickie:

1. Download the repo next to your project:

git clone git:// ~/some/where

2. Create a Gemfile in your project:

source :rubygems

gem 'cocoapods'

3. Create a Podfile in your project:

platform  :osx
xcodeproj 'YourProject'

pod 'Xbox360ControllerManager', '0.0.1', :local => '~/some/where'

4. Install and run bundler if you don’t already have it:

gem install bundle
bundle install

4. Run the pod

pod install


This would be a minimal implementation of your Application Delegate:

#import "AppDelegate.h"

#import "Xbox360Controller.h"
#import "Xbox360ControllerManager.h"

@implementation AppDelegate

- (void)applicationDidFinishLaunching:(NSNotification *)aNotification {
  // Start listening for device activity
  [Xbox360ControllerManager sharedInstance];
  // Register to the notifications
  [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(controllerAdded:) name:Xbox360ControllerAddedNotification object:NULL];
  [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(controllerRemoved:) name:Xbox360ControllerRemovedNotification object:NULL];
  [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(controllerActivity:) name:Xbox360ControllerActivityNotification object:NULL];
  [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(controllerUpdated:) name:Xbox360ControllerUpdatedNotification object:NULL];
  [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(controllerAction:) name:Xbox360ControllerActionNotification object:NULL];

- (void) controllerAdded:(NSNotification*)notification {
  NSLog(@"You added a controller: %@", [notification object]);

- (void) controllerRemoved:(NSNotification*)notification {
  NSLog(@"You removed a controller: %@", [notification object]);

- (void) controllerActivity:(NSNotification*)notification {
  NSLog(@"You pressed some buttons: %@", [notification object]);

- (void) controllerUpdated:(NSNotification*)notification {
  Xbox360Controller *controller = [notification object];
  NSLog(@"Controller updated: %d", controller.leftStickHorizontal);

- (void) controllerAction:(NSNotification*)notification {
  NSLog(@"Controller action: %@", [notification object]);


If you are a little more low-level adventurous, you can also register to the Xbox360HIDAddedNotification, Xbox360HIDRemovedNotification, and Xbox360HIDActivityNotification after calling [Xbox360HIDManager sharedInstance]. Those will provide you with a IOHIDDeviceRef on activity.


  • Colin Munro is the genius behind the Mac OS driver routine.
  • Derek van Vliet had an inspiring project that had the same conceptual idea behind it – and the project name :)


MIT 2013 funkensturm. See MIT-LICENSE.

Latest podspec

    "name": "Xbox360ControllerManager",
    "version": "0.0.1",
    "summary": "A Library to conveniently detect input of Xbox input devices.",
    "authors": "halo",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "MIT-LICENSE"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.0.1"
    "source_files": "Classes",
    "requires_arc": true,
    "platforms": {
        "osx": null
    "frameworks": "IOKit"

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