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The controls.conf file, located in your RetroFE directory, contains the controls for your RetroFE front-end. Multiple keys can be assigned to a single action, separated by a ,.

Example:

Up = Keypad 8, Up

This will assign both the Keypad 8 (up arrow on your keypad) and the up arrow to RetroFE's Up control.

Settings for controls:

Control Description Notes
upScrolls menu up (for vertical menus)
downScrolls menu up (for vertical menus)
leftScrolls menu left (for horizontal menus)
rightScrolls menu right (for horizontal menus)
pageUpScrolls menu back by a page
pageDownScrolls menu forward by a page
letterUpScrolls to the previous item in the alphabet Available in version 0.5.158 or later
letterDownScrolls menu next item in the alphabetAvailable in version 0.5.158 or later
addPlaylistAdds a game to the favorites playlist Available in version 0.7.1 or later
removePlaylistRemoves a game from the favorites playlist Available in version 0.7.1 or later
nextPlaylistSwitches between the full game list and the favorites playlistAvailable in version 0.7.1 or later
randomSelects a random game Available in version 0.7.1 or later
selectSelects the active menu item
backLeaves current menu
quitExits the frontend

Controllers/joysticks are supported in versions 0.6.x and later.

Gamepad/Joystick codes

KeycodeDescription
joyXButtonY Gamepad button (X=joypad number, Y=button number)
joyXHatYLeftUp Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYLeft Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYLeftDown Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYUp Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYDown Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYRightUp Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYRight Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXHatYRightDown Gamepad hat direction (X=joypad number, Y=hat number)
joyXAxis0+ First POV stick, first axis positive direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis0- First POV stick, first axis negative direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis1+ First POV stick, second axis positive direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis1- First POV stick, second axis negative direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis2+ Second POV stick, first axis positive direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis2- Second POV stick, first axis negative direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis3+ Second POV stick, second axis positive direction (X=joypad number)
joyXAxis3- Second POV stick, second axis negative direction (X=joypad number)

If X is omitted, RetroFE will accept input from all controllers. (version 0.8.13+)

Mouse Codes

Keycode Description
mouseButtonleft the left mouse button
mouseButtonMiddle the middle mouse button
mouseButtonRight the right mouse button
mouseButtonX1 the X1 mouse button
mouseButtonX2 the X2 mouse button


Keyboard Codes

KeycodeDescription
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
AC Backthe Back key (application control keypad)
AC Bookmarksthe Bookmarks key (application control keypad)
AC Forward the Forward key (application control keypad)
AC Home the Home key (application control keypad)
AC Refresh the Refresh key (application control keypad)
AC Search the Search key (application control keypad)
AC Stop the Stop key (application control keypad)
Again the Again key (Redo)
AltErase Erase-Eaze
'
Applicationthe Application / Compose / Context Menu (Windows) key
AudioMute the Mute volume key
AudioNext the Next Track media key
AudioPlay the Play media key
AudioPrev the Previous Track media key
AudioStop the Stop media key)
B
\ Located at the lower left of the return key on ISO keyboards and at the right end of the QWERTY row on ANSI keyboards. Produces REVERSE SOLIDUS (backslash) and VERTICAL LINE in a US layout, REVERSE SOLIDUS and VERTICAL LINE in a UK Mac layout, NUMBER SIGN and TILDE in a UK Windows layout, DOLLAR SIGN and POUND SIGN in a Swiss German layout, NUMBER SIGN and APOSTROPHE in a German layout, GRAVE ACCENT and POUND SIGN in a French Mac layout, and ASTERISK and MICRO SIGN in a French Windows layout.
Backspace
BrightnessDown the Brightness Down key
BrightnessUp the Brightness Up key
C
Calculator the Calculator key
Cancel
CapsLock
Clear
Clear / Again
,
Computer the My Computer key
Copy
CrSel
CurrencySubUnit the Currency Subunit key
CurrencyUnit the Currency Unit key
Cut
D
DecimalSeparator the Decimal Separator key
Delete
DisplaySwitch display mirroring/dual display switch, video mode switch
Down the Down arrow key (navigation keypad)
E
Eject the Eject key
End
=
Escape the Esc key
Execute
ExSel
F
F1
F10
F11
F12
F13
F14
F15
F16
F17
F18
F19
F2
F20
F21
F22
F23
F24
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
Find
G
` Located in the top left corner (on both ANSI and ISO keyboards). Produces GRAVE ACCENT and TILDE in a US Windows layout and in US and UK Mac layouts on ANSI keyboards, GRAVE ACCENT and NOT SIGN in a UK Windows layout, SECTION SIGN and PLUS-MINUS SIGN in US and UK Mac layouts on ISO keyboards, SECTION SIGN and DEGREE SIGN in a Swiss German layout (Mac: only on ISO keyboards), CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT and DEGREE SIGN in a German layout (Mac: only on ISO keyboards), SUPERSCRIPT TWO and TILDE in a French Windows layout, COMMERCIAL AT and NUMBER SIGN in a French Mac layout on ISO keyboards, and LESS-THAN SIGN and GREATER-THAN SIGN in a Swiss German, German, or French Mac layout on ANSI keyboards.
H
Help
Home
I
Insert insert on PC, help on some Mac keyboards (but does send code 73, not 117)
J
K
KBDIllumDownthe Keyboard Illumination Down key
KBDIllumToggle the Keyboard Illumination Toggle key
KBDIllumUp the Keyboard Illumination Up key
Keypad 0 the 0 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 00 the 00 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 000 the 000 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 1 the 1 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 2 the 2 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 3 the 3 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 4 the 4 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 5 the 5 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 6 the 6 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 7 the 7 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 8 the 8 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad 9 the 9 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad A the A key (numeric keypad)
Keypad & the & key (numeric keypad)
Keypad @ the @ key (numeric keypad)
Keypad B the B key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Backspace the Backspace key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Binary the Binary key (numeric keypad)
Keypad C the C key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Clear the Clear key (numeric keypad)
Keypad ClearEntry the Clear Entry key (numeric keypad)
Keypad : the : key (numeric keypad)
Keypad , the Comma key (numeric keypad)
Keypad D the D key (numeric keypad)
Keypad && the && key (numeric keypad)
\| \| key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Decimal the Decimal key (numeric keypad)
Keypad / the / key (numeric keypad)
Keypad E the E key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Enter the Enter key (numeric keypad)
Keypad = the = key (numeric keypad)
Keypad = (AS400) the Equals AS400 key (numeric keypad)
Keypad ! the ! key (numeric keypad)
Keypad F the F key (numeric keypad)
Keypad > the Greater key (numeric keypad)
Keypad # the # key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Hexadecimal the Hexadecimal key (numeric keypad)
Keypad { the Left Brace key (numeric keypad)
Keypad ( the Left Parenthesis key (numeric keypad)
Keypad < the Less key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemAdd the Mem Add key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemClear the Mem Clear key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemDivide the Mem Divide key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemMultiply the Mem Multiply key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemRecall the Mem Recall key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemStore the Mem Store key (numeric keypad)
Keypad MemSubtract the Mem Subtract key (numeric keypad)
Keypad - the - key (numeric keypad)
Keypad \* the \* key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Octal the Octal key (numeric keypad)
Keypad % the Percent key (numeric keypad)
Keypad . the . key (numeric keypad)
Keypad + the + key (numeric keypad)
Keypad +/-the +/- key (numeric keypad)
Keypad ^ the Power key (numeric keypad)
Keypad } the Right Brace key (numeric keypad)
Keypad ) the Right Parenthesis key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Space the Space key (numeric keypad)
Keypad Tab the Tab key (numeric keypad)
key (numeric keypad)
Keypad XOR the XOR key (numeric keypad)
L
Left Alt alt, option
Left Ctrl
Left the Left arrow key (navigation keypad)
[
Left GUI windows, command (apple), meta
Left Shift
M
Mailthe Mail/eMail key
MediaSelect the Media Select key
Menu
-
ModeSwitch I'm not sure if this is really not covered by any of the above, but since there's a special KMOD_MODE for it I'm adding it here
Mute
N
Numlock the Num Lock key (PC) / the Clear key (Mac)
O
Oper
Out
P
PageDown
PageUp
Paste
Pause the Pause / Break key
.
Power The USB document says this is a status flag, not a physical key - but some Mac keyboards do have a power key.
PrintScreen
Prior
Q
R
Right Alt alt gr, option
Right Ctrl
Return the Enter key (main keyboard)
Return
Right GUI windows, command (apple), meta
Right the Right arrow key (navigation keypad)
]
Right Shift
S
ScrollLock
Select
;
Separator
/
Sleep the Sleep key
Space the Space Bar key(s)
Stop
SysReq the SysReq key
T
Tab the Tab key
ThousandsSeparator the Thousands Separator key
U
Undo
Up the Up arrow key (navigation keypad)
V
VolumeDown
VolumeUp
W
WWW the WWW/World Wide Web key
X
Y
Z
# ISO USB keyboards actually use this code instead of 49 for the same key, but all OSes I've seen treat the two codes identically. So, as an implementor, unless your keyboard generates both of those codes and your OS treats them differently, you should generate SDL_SCANCODE_BACKSLASH instead of this code. As a user, you should not rely on this code because SDL will never generate it with most (all?) keyboards.
&
*
@
^
:
$
!
>
#
(
<
%
+
?
)
_

These codes were taken from https://wiki.libsdl.org/SDL_Keycode

controls.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/14 09:33 by phulshof