These functions are declared in the main Allegro header file:

#include <allegro5/allegro.h>



This is an abstract data type representing a physical joystick.

See also: al_get_joystick



This is a structure that is used to hold a "snapshot" of a joystick's axes and buttons at a particular instant. All fields public and read-only.

struct {
      float axis[num_axes];             // -1.0 to 1.0 
} stick[num_sticks];
int button[num_buttons];                // 0 to 32767

See also: al_get_joystick_state



(this enum is a holdover from the old API and may be removed)

See also: al_get_joystick_stick_flags


bool al_install_joystick(void)

Install a joystick driver, returning true if successful. If a joystick driver was already installed, returns true immediately.

See also: al_uninstall_joystick


void al_uninstall_joystick(void)

Uninstalls the active joystick driver. All outstanding ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK structures are invalidated. If no joystick driver was active, this function does nothing.

This function is automatically called when Allegro is shut down.

See also: al_install_joystick


bool al_is_joystick_installed(void)

Returns true if al_install_joystick was called successfully.


bool al_reconfigure_joysticks(void)

Allegro is able to cope with users connecting and disconnected joystick devices on-the-fly. On existing platforms, the joystick event source will generate an event of type ALLEGRO_EVENT_JOYSTICK_CONFIGURATION when a device is plugged in or unplugged. In response, you should call al_reconfigure_joysticks.

Afterwards, the number returned by al_get_num_joysticks may be different, and the handles returned by al_get_joystick may be different or be ordered differently.

All ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK handles remain valid, but handles for disconnected devices become inactive: their states will no longer update, and al_get_joystick will not return the handle. Handles for devices which remain connected will continue to represent the same devices. Previously inactive handles may become active again, being reused to represent newly connected devices.

Returns true if the joystick configuration changed, otherwise returns false.

It is possible that on some systems, Allegro won't be able to generate ALLEGRO_EVENT_JOYSTICK_CONFIGURATION events. If your game has an input configuration screen or similar, you may wish to call al_reconfigure_joysticks when entering that screen.

See also: al_get_joystick_event_source, ALLEGRO_EVENT


int al_get_num_joysticks(void)

Return the number of joysticks currently on the system (or potentially on the system). This number can change after al_reconfigure_joysticks is called, in order to support hotplugging.

Returns 0 if there is no joystick driver installed.

See also: al_get_joystick, al_get_joystick_active


ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK * al_get_joystick(int num)

Get a handle for a joystick on the system. The number may be from 0 to al_get_num_joysticks-1. If successful a pointer to a joystick object is returned, which represents a physical device. Otherwise NULL is returned.

The handle and the index are only incidentally linked. After al_reconfigure_joysticks is called, al_get_joystick may return handles in a different order, and handles which represent disconnected devices will not be returned.

See also: al_get_num_joysticks, al_reconfigure_joysticks, al_get_joystick_active


void al_release_joystick(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy)

This function currently does nothing.

See also: al_get_joystick


bool al_get_joystick_active(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy)

Return if the joystick handle is "active", i.e. in the current configuration, the handle represents some physical device plugged into the system. al_get_joystick returns active handles. After reconfiguration, active handles may become inactive, and vice versa.

See also: al_reconfigure_joysticks


const char *al_get_joystick_name(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy)

Return the name of the given joystick.

See also: al_get_joystick_stick_name, al_get_joystick_axis_name, al_get_joystick_button_name


const char *al_get_joystick_stick_name(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy, int stick)

Return the name of the given "stick". If the stick doesn't exist, NULL is returned.

See also: al_get_joystick_axis_name, al_get_joystick_num_sticks


const char *al_get_joystick_axis_name(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy, int stick, int axis)

Return the name of the given axis. If the axis doesn't exist, NULL is returned. Indices begin from 0.

See also: al_get_joystick_stick_name, al_get_joystick_num_axes


const char *al_get_joystick_button_name(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy, int button)

Return the name of the given button. If the button doesn't exist, NULL is returned. Indices begin from 0.

See also: al_get_joystick_stick_name, al_get_joystick_axis_name, al_get_joystick_num_buttons


int al_get_joystick_stick_flags(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy, int stick)

Return the flags of the given "stick". If the stick doesn't exist, NULL is returned. Indices begin from 0.



int al_get_joystick_num_sticks(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy)

Return the number of "sticks" on the given joystick. A stick has one or more axes.

See also: al_get_joystick_num_axes, al_get_joystick_num_buttons


int al_get_joystick_num_axes(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy, int stick)

Return the number of axes on the given "stick". If the stick doesn't exist, 0 is returned.

See also: al_get_joystick_num_sticks


int al_get_joystick_num_buttons(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy)

Return the number of buttons on the joystick.

See also: al_get_joystick_num_sticks


void al_get_joystick_state(ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK *joy, ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK_STATE *ret_state)

Get the current joystick state.

See also: ALLEGRO_JOYSTICK_STATE, al_get_joystick_num_buttons, al_get_joystick_num_axes


ALLEGRO_EVENT_SOURCE *al_get_joystick_event_source(void)

Returns the global joystick event source. All joystick events are generated by this event source.

Allegro version 5.0.8 - Last updated: 2012-11-18 06:28:54 UTC