Pairing the Xbox One controller in Linux

Sometimes, the Xbox One controller won’t pair in Linux, instead connecting and disconnecting rapidly. To fix that:

  • Install xpadneo.
  • If the controller keeps connecting and disconnecting when you turn it on, make sure you upgrade to the latest firmware, that fixes that issue.
  • Pair!

That should be all that’s required, your controller should now be paired.

Last updated on July 29, 2023. For any questions/feedback, email me at