Gamepad API

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

The Gamepad API is a way for developers to access and respond to signals from gamepads and other game controllers in a simple, consistent way. It contains three interfaces, two events and one specialist function, to respond to gamepads being connected and disconnected, and to access other information about the gamepads themselves, and what buttons and other controls are currently being pressed.


Represents a gamepad/controller connected to the computer.
Represents a button on one of the connected controllers.
The event object representing events fired that are related to gamepads.

Experimental Gamepad extensions

Represents hardware in the controller designed to provide haptic feedback to the user (if available), most commonly vibration hardware.
Represents the pose of a controller (e.g. position and orientation in 3D space) in the case of a WebVR controller.

See also the extensions to the Gamepad interface, for features that allow you to access the above information.

Extensions to other interfaces

An extension to the Navigator object that returns an array of Gamepad objects, one for each connected gamepad.

Window events

Represents an event handler that will run when a gamepad is connected (when the gamepadconnected event fires).
Represents an event handler that will run when a gamepad is disconnected (when the gamepaddisconnected event fires).

Tutorials and guides


Specification Status Comment
Unknown Unknown Defines the Experimental Gamepad extensions.
The definition of 'The Gamepad API specification' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
General support 21.0 webkit
(Yes) 29.0 (29.0) No support 15.0 webkit
Gamepad extensions No support No support No support[1] No support No support No support
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Samsung Internet
General support No support (Yes) 32.0 (32.0) No support No support No support Yes
Gamepad extensions No support No support No support[1] No support No support No support No support

[1] Enabled in Firefox Nightly and Beta, versions 55 and above. Enabled/disabled by the dom.gamepad-extensions.enabled pref.

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