How to Fix: Disable Controllers in Kodi 18 (Leia)

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Infopackets Reader Jerry F. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I recently upgraded Kodi media player on my PC from Kodi Krypton (version 17) to Kodi Leia (version 18). It seems that this latest update is now interfering with my Xbox 360 controller. Let me explain. For years, I've been using a program called Xpadder with my Xbox 360 controller on my PC, which allows me to map keys (and mouse functionality) to my controller. In this case I've configured it a specific way so that I can use my controller like a mouse which allows me to use it for Windows functions, plus I can use it to control Kodi the way I want. I set this up way before Kodi had any support for controllers - and am accustomed to using it this way. Unfortunately the latest Kodi Leia update won't allow me to disable the Xbox 360 controller support. Now Xpadder and Kodi are fighting each other, which means I can't control Kodi properly with my controller. Do you know if there is any way to completely disable controllers in kodi? "

My response:

I did a bit of research on this and it seems that the Kodi version 18 (Leia update) has changed the interface around a bit compared to version 17 (Krypton).

How to Fix: Disable Controllers in Kodi 18 (Leia)

To disable controllers completely in Kodi Leia version 18, do the following:

  1. Launch Kodi, then click the cogwheel (settings) icon near the top left of the screen.
  2. Next, scroll down to "Add-ons" using the menu on the left of the screen.
  3. On the next menu, click "My add-ons", then click "Peripheral Libraries".
  4. Locate the "Joystick support" option, then click "Enter" on the keyboard. Locate the "Disable" option and select it so the joystick (xbox 360 controller) is disabled.

I hope that helps.

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