JoyToKey English Version

About this software

This software is a keyboard emulator for joysticks.
It converts joystick input into keyboard input (and mouse input).

Use it when you want to control an application with joysticks that doesn't support joystick input. If you wish, you can control even Word, Excel, etc. with joysticks!


  • Configuration for maximum 16 joysticks.
    (6 axes, 2 POV switches and 32 buttons for each joystick)

  • Multiple configuration files
    You can make many configuration files and choose it at any time.

  • Support for many useful features...
    • Automatic shooting of buttons
    • Mouse emulation (including wheel input)
    • "Adjust mouse movements" function
      When it's pressed, mouse movement(or wheel rotation) becomes faster (or slower).

  • "Switch to the other configuration file" function
    You can switch to and activate the other configuration file with the button which is assigned to this function.

  • "Use the setting of other joystick number temporarily" function
    (Something like "shift" command of SNESKey. For example, you may usually use joystick1 for keyboard emulation, but during this button being pressed, joystick3's configuration (that emulates mouse or something) will temporarily be used. Note that joystick3 is not a real joystick, it's a virtual device to .)


  • Ver3.7.4
    • JoyToKey now supports some applications using DirectInput.
      (Only under Windows 2000 or later environment (including XP))
    • Choosing L-Shift, R-Shift, L-Ctrl, ... from the list, you can make a distinction between left and right keys. (However, be careful to select L-Shift or R-Shift or (normal) Shift! You have to choose the correct one for the application!)

  • Ver3.7.3
    • Support for POV switches.
    • Support for "Switch to the other configuration file" function.
    • The configuration file can be easily selected and switched to at task tray menu, without opening and activating JoyToKey window.
    • The firstly activated configuration file can now be specified by command line option at start up time.
    • Analog stick can be configured in detail by modifying JoyToKey.ini file directly. Please read Readme.txt file for the detailed information.

  • Ver3.61
    bug-fixed (runnnig iconified at startup time, etc.)

  • Ver3.6
    Automatic shooting support for mouse's button emulation

  • Ver3.5
    Big bug was fixed. So you should download this version if you have older one.

Screenshots showing simple configuration example

Normally "Joystick 1" controlls some MS-DOS game.

When "Button 5" is pressed, "Joystick 3"'s configuration (that seems to emulate function keys and automatic shooting of cursor keys) will temporarily be used.

When "Button 6" is pressed, "Joystick 4"'s configuration will temporarily be used, so it emulates mouse movements, wheel rotation etc.

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