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Multiple mice

FS-UAE supports multiple mice on many platforms through the ManyMouse library by Ryan C. Gordon.

The old Mouse host device is still present and works like before - this is basically the system cursor, and most likely, all connected mice will affect this host device in FS-UAE.

If the support for multiple mice works on your system, you will have one additional specific host device for each mouse connected. So with two Microsoft Intellimouse devices connected, you might see these devices:

There might be some specific things you should be aware of, depending on your operating system. Read on for more information!

Mouse speed and acceleration

The old Mouse device is subject to acceleration settings, while direct hardware access to specific mouse devices is not. You may therefore want to use the new specific mouse devices for more pleasant mouse emulation regardless of the number of mice you have. You may even find that there is less input lag with the new mouse devices.


Support for multiple mice seems to work just fine on Windows out of the box.


Support for multiple mice seems to work just fine on macOS out of the box on older macOS versions.

In macOS 10.15, in order to see individual mouse devices, you may have to go to Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Input Monitoring, and allow access for FS-UAE, FS-UAE Launcher and FS-UAE Arcade.

Mouse buttons on macOS


You may have to change permissions on some device nodes before starting FS-UAE (depending on your Linux distribution). If FS-UAE does not have permission to read from the devices, you will only get access to the old/single Mouse host device.

You can run this simple command to easily enable FS-UAE to open the mouse devices (after the mice are connected), though remember that this can have security implications if other people have remote access to the computer:

sudo chmod a+r /dev/input/*

A much better method is to tell the system to specifically make mouse event devices readable when they are plugged in:

Creating udev rules for readable mice

Note that the following works perfectly for me on Ubuntu, and it is possible you must do it slightly differently depending on your Linux distribution. Hopefully the instructions apply to you regardless of your Linux distribution :)

We need to create a config file with a udev rule to set read permissions for all mice which are connected. From a terminal, type:

sudo nano -w /etc/udev/rules.d/99-readable-mice.rules

Paste the following (on one line) in this file, and save it:


On my system, this was all that was needed - just unplug the mouse/mice and reconnect them for the changes to work.

To verify that it works, reconnect your mouse/mice if you haven't already and type:

ls -l /dev/input/mouse*

All files listed should now have read permissions for all users, something like this:

crw-r--r-- 1 root root 13, 32 aug.  20 17:30 /dev/input/mouse0
crw-r--r-- 1 root root 13, 33 aug.  20 17:30 /dev/input/mouse1

If it did not work, you have to do additional steps to activate the rules. Perhaps a command to reinitialize udev, such as as sudo udevstart, sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart, sudo udevcontrol reload_rules or sudo <em>udevadm trigger --subsystem-match=input and/or just reboot.

Try to google information about udev rules on your distribution if you have problems.

Evdev vs XInput2

The ManyMouse library really supports two drivers for Linux: XInput2 and Linux evdev interface. Normally, ManyMouse tries XInput2 first, and if that works, it will not use Linux evdev. In FS-UAE, I have reversed this order, so it will always try evdev first (and thus probably never use XInput2).

The reason for this is that when XInput2 is used and mouse input is grabbed by FS-UAE, no mouse events at all reach the ManyMouse library. It works fine when input grab is released. With the evdev driver, it always works fine.

FreeBSD / OpenBSD

Presumably, XInput2 should work well, with the caveat that input from specific mice probably only works when FS-UAE does not have input grabbed (See the Linux section for more information). You can use the option automatic_input_grab to prevent FS-UAE from grabbing the input.

If you are using FreeBSD / OpenBSD and have tested this feature, please leave feedback on!