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sidewinderd is a user space daemon that enables special keys and macro recording for various Logitech and Microsoft gaming peripherals.


Device Vendor ID / Product ID Vendor Name Product Name Supported
Logitech G105 046d:c248 Logitech, Inc. G105 Gaming Keyboard Yes
Logitech G710/G710+ 046d:c24d Logitech, Inc. G710 Gaming Keyboard Not tested
Microsoft SideWinder X4 045e:0768 Microsoft Corp. Sidewinder X4 Not tested
Microsoft SideWinder X6 045e:074b Microsoft Corp. Not tested



KERNEL Enabling user level driver and HID support
    Device Drivers --->
          Input device support --->
            [*]   Miscellaneous devices --->
                    <*>   User level driver support
          HID support --->
            [*]   /dev/hidraw raw HID device support



An ebuild is available in the fowlay overlay. For general info on overlays read here. To add the overlay do

root #eselect repository enable fowlay
root #emerge --sync fowlay

and to emerge sidewinderd do

root #emerge --ask games-util/sidewinderd


Install the required dependencies:

root #emerge --ask --noreplace dev-libs/libconfig dev-libs/tinyxml2 dev-util/cmake dev-vcs/git

Clone the sidewinderd Git repository:

root #git clone /usr/local/src/sidewinderd

Build and install sidewinderd:

root #mkdir /usr/local/src/sidewinderd/build
root #cd /usr/local/src/sidewinderd/build
root #cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..
root #make && make install


Specify the username to run sidewinderd as:

FILE /etc/sidewinderd.conf
user = "larry";
It is not recommended to run sidewinderd as root.

To record macros without delays set capture_delays to false:

FILE /etc/sidewinderd.conf
capture_delays = false;



Create the following service file if sidewinderd was installed manually.

FILE /etc/init.d/sidewinderd

command_args="-c /etc/sidewinderd.conf -d"

depend() {
	after coldplug hotplug modules
	need localmount

Make the service file executable:

root #chmod +x /etc/init.d/sidewinderd

Start sidewinderd:

root #rc-service sidewinderd start

Start sidewinderd at boot:

root #rc-update add sidewinderd default


Start sidewinderd:

root #systemctl start sidewinderd

Start sidewinderd at boot:

root #systemctl enable sidewinderd


Macro recording

Logitech G105

If sidewinderd started successfully, the MR, M1, M2, M3 and G1 through G6 keys should now be usable. Three sets of macro profiles can be switched between using the M1, M2 and M3 keys. Recorded macros are stored in their respective profile directories e.g.~/.local/share/sidewinderd/profile_{1,2,3}

To record a macro for the G1 key in the M1 profile, press M1, MR, G1, the desired key sequence, and MR again. To playback the recorded macro, press the G1 key.



root #emerge --ask --depclean --verbose games-util/sidewinderd


Delete the following files:

root #rm /etc/init.d/sidewinderd
root #rm /etc/sidewinderd.conf
root #rm /usr/bin/sidewinderd
root #rm /usr/lib/systemd/system/sidewinderd.service


The following error message from manually installed sidewinderd has been observed after a world update of Gentoo on 2017-11-26:

sidewinderd: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

It is probably due to the update of dev-libs/libconfig from 1.5 to 1.7.1. To fix the issue, re-sync the sidewinderd git repository, then build and install sidewinderd again.