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If running for the first time, things might glitch out - just close the program normally and restart your computer for the drivers to take effect. Connect your controllers (via bluetooth or USB). Once the controller has been detected by BetterJoyForDolphin, click on the Config option just under the controller icon.

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Since 4.0.2, Dolphin has the ability to passthrough USB HID devices designed for use with Wii software. 5.0-2352 enables USB passthrough for all devices. This gives emulated Wii software full control of a hardware device connected to your PC. This is very useful for devices not currently emulated by Dolphin and games that highly depend on extra hardware.

  • 2Setting up
    • 2.2Windows
      • 2.2.1Install Dedicated Driver
  • 3Configuring Dolphin

List of Wii Devices and IDs

Device VID PID Type Compatibility
Disney Infinity Reader (Portal Device)0E6F0129 HID Supported
EA Active NFL Training Camp Dongle21A4AC40
Logitech Vantage USB Microphone046D0A03OH0/VEN
Harmonix Drum Controller for Nintendo Wii 1BAD3138 HID
Harmonix Guitar Controller for Nintendo Wii0004
Harmonix RB3 MIDI Guitar Interface for Nintendo Wii3538
Harmonix RB3 MIDI Keyboard Interface for Nintendo Wii3338
Rock Band 3 Mustang Guitar Dongle3430
Rock Band Drum Set3110
Skylanders Giants Portal 1430 0150
Skylanders Swap Force Portal
Skylanders Wireless Receiver for Wii
Tony Hawk Ride Skateboard0100
Wii Speak Module 057E0308OH0
YourShape Camera030AVEN
Internal Bluetooth dongle0305OH1See Bluetooth Passthrough

Setting up


Linux support does not require any special drivers. However, a udev rule must be created to allow access to the devices. Note, the Vendor ID and Product ID SHOULD be verified from the device itself before creating the rule.

1. Paste the following into /etc/udev/rules.d/52-dolphin.rules (/lib/udev/rules.d/52-dolphin.rules if making a package). Do not forget to replace the XXXX with the appropriate Vendor and Product IDs.

SUBSYSTEM'usb', ENV{DEVTYPE}'usb_device', ATTRS{idVendor}'XXXX', ATTRS{idProduct}'XXXX', MODE='0666'

2. Reload udev rules with:sudo udevadm control --reload-rules

3. Reinsert the accessory.


For users wishing to use the USB Microphone, USB Camera, or Wii Speak, it is highly recommended to use 5.0-10617 or newer. It contains important fixes to both libusb and Dolphin that fix crashes and fix support in devices across many games.

Install Dedicated Driver

Single Interface Devices

Download and open Zadig, then:

1. In the 'Options' menu in Zadig, make sure 'List All Devices' is enabled.

2. Look through the devices for the device to passthrough.

3. On the right column, select 'libusbk' then click 'Replace Driver'. Select 'Yes' to modify the system driver.

Multi Interface Devices

For Microphone, Wii Speak, and USB Camera Passthrough, installing over the composite parent device is required.

Download and open Zadig, then:

1. In the 'Options' menu in Zadig, make sure 'List All Devices' is enabled and 'Ignore Hubs or Composite Parents' is disabled.

2. Look through the composite parent of the device you wish to passthrough.

3. On the right column, select 'libusbk' then click 'Replace Driver'. It may warn you that you're modifying a kernel driver, but, this is normal. Select 'Yes' to modify the kernel driver.

Uninstalling Dedicated Driver

If for some reason you wish to restore the default driver to the device, open up 'Device Manager.' In the last, expand 'libusbK devices' and find the device you wish to restore. Uninstall the device, then unplug the device and plug it back in. It will now be restored to its original state.


If you were using the WinUSB driver, the device will be located under 'Universal Serial Bus Devices' instead, but the instructions are identical otherwise.

usbdk driver

usbdk is no longer supported nor recommended. While it provides the ability to simply install a driver without any further instructions, usbdk suffers severe instability issues. For legacy purposes, you can still use the x64 usbdk driver in older builds.


While this can be done in macOS, there is currently no easy to use guide for it. A modified variant of the Native GameCube Adapter for Wii U guide should work, but what needs to be changed is not immediately apparent.


This feature is not supported on Android.

Configuring Dolphin

In 5.0-2352, an additional step was added for USB Passthrough. Because some devices being plugged into your computer can potentially hang or crash a game, you now must whitelist the emulated Wii so it can access this device. This is not required for Bluetooth Passthrough.

Guide to Whitelist a USB Device in Dolphin

1. Open Dolphin's configuration dialog.

2. Click on the Wii tab.

3. In the 'Whitelisted USB passthrough devices', click on the 'Add...' button.

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4. Select the device you wish to passthrough.

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