Setting up PS3 controllers on Retropie (Gasia/ Shanwan clones)

Step 1:
Download the source-code of bluez (version 5.39 at the time of writing). Extract the archive and create a subfolder named ‘patches‘ within the bluez directory.

Step 2:
Change into the ‘patches‘ directory and download all bluez patches found at:

Please note that you have to download these files in ‘raw mode’, otherwise HTML tags will remain and patch will complain about the garbage within the files.

While being in the bluez folder apply all patches with:

patch -p 1 < patches/bluez-01_add-obexd-policy.patch
patch -p 1 < patches/bluez-02_obexd-use-system-bus.patchpatch -p1 < patches/bluez-03_storagedir.patch

Step 3:
Navigate to the bluez/src subdirectory and edit the file ‘bluetooth.ver’. Add this line into the ‘global:’ block:


Alternatively, download the already patched bluez source code from my github repo:

 git clone

I will try to keep my repo in sync with future releases of bluez and patches to support other PS3 clones than Gasia/Shanwan. Current version of patched blueZ is 5.43.

Step 4:
Change into the bluez folder, then, configure, compile and install bluez:

./configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-sixaxis

 make -j3

 sudo make install

Be aware that this will overwrite your distribution’s bluetooth/bluez package. It is highly recommended to purge/uninstall your distributions bluez package prior to the installation of patched bluez in order  to avoid version conflicts.

Now, restart the bluetooth daemon with:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start bluetooth

On distributions without systemd, you have to use:

sudo service bluetooth restart

If this doesn’t work or if you are unable to pair your controller in the following steps, reboot your Pi after installation of patched bluez!

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Hello everyone. Thank you for that great work. I have a little problem with detecting my PS3 Controller. When i try to get informations about my Controller, dmesg shows nothing about my controller. I use “dmes | grep input” command, but only my keyboard will displayed. What i am doing wrong?


Hi luetzel, I have a new problem for another image I’m trying to fix. At step 5, I downloaded and extracted QtSixA but: pi@retropie:/QtSixA-1.5.1 $ patch -p1 < compilation_sid.patch patching file sixad/shared.h pi@retropie:/QtSixA-1.5.1 $ sudo make make -C qtsixa make[1]: Entering directory '/QtSixA-1.5.1/qtsixa' pyuic4 -o ./gui/ ./gui/ui/qtsixa_mainw.ui make[1]: pyuic4: Command not found Makefile:7: recipe for target 'build' failed make[1]: *** [build] Error 127 make[1]: Leaving directory '/QtSixA-1.5.1/qtsixa' Makefile:6: recipe for target 'build' failed make: *** [build] Error 2 pi@retropie:/QtSixA-1.5.1 $ make make -C qtsixa make[1]: Entering directory '/QtSixA-1.5.1/qtsixa' pyuic4 -o ./gui/ ./gui/ui/qtsixa_mainw.ui make[1]: pyuic4: Command not found Makefile:7: recipe for… Read more »


I have problems with step 4 pi@retropie: /bluez $ make -j3 Make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. stop


Hi Luetzel, I am trying to connect a shanwan ps3 gamepad to my old laptop running Ubuntu 16.04. The gamepad seems to be stuck in some reconnection loop. All LEDs blink continuously but never settle on a number. This is the hcidump after disconnecting: The log repeats itself as the gamepad keeps trying to connect and disconnect. Sixpair works fine and correctly shows the device: The same gamepad connects to a rPi3 running retropie so the controller should be working fine. Any ideas what is going on?


How can I do that? In case that it shows version 5.23, reboot the system and check it again. If it still shows the wrong version, you must change your –prefix=/usr ./configure option to the installation path of your distribution’s bluez package.


Hi Luetzel! Thanks for all the time you are spending with this. I have similar problem with a SHANWAN controller as some of the other commenters before: the controller connects, but it simple won’t pair. From bluetoothctl: [NEW] Controller A0:2C:36:6F:24:16 raspberrypi [default] [NEW] Device 05:37:96:52:63:25 PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller [bluetooth]# info 05:37:96:52:63:25 Device 05:37:96:52:63:25 Name: PLAYSTATION(R)3Conteroller-PANHAI Alias: PLAYSTATION(R)3Conteroller-PANHAI Class: 0x000540 Icon: input-keyboard Paired: no Trusted: yes Blocked: no Connected: no LegacyPairing: no [CHG] Device 05:37:96:52:63:25 Connected: yes [PLAYSTATION(R)3Conteroller-PANHAI]# pair 05:37:96:52:63:25 Attempting to pair with 05:37:96:52:63:25 Failed to pair: org.bluez.Error.AuthenticationFailed [CHG] Device 05:37:96:52:63:25 Connected: no Sixpair: pi@raspberrypi:~/QtSixA-1.5.1/utils/bins $ sudo ./sixpair Current Bluetooth master:… Read more »

Nicholas Womack

Hello, I get to step 4, I just cloned your Already patched version, and first line works but make -j3 doesn’t work nor does sudo make install. I also get this when doing service status pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo service bluetooth status ● bluetooth.service – Bluetooth service Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service; enabled) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sat 2017-02-18 11:32:46 MST; 38min ago Docs: man:bluetoothd(8) Process: 1362 ExecStart=/usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Main PID: 1362 (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Feb 18 11:32:46 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Starting Bluetooth service… Feb 18 11:32:46 raspberrypi systemd[1]: bluetooth.service: main process exited, …EC Feb 18 11:32:46 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Failed to start Bluetooth… Read more »


Hello, So I tried everything in your guide on my rp3 with retropie 4.1. , Had all sort of issues mentioned in here along the way witch I managed to sort out thanks to your advice. I did all of that on a fresh install, and my Gasia Controller still doesn’t pair. When I do “hcidump -x” I get this: > HCI Event: Connect Request (0x04) plen 10 bdaddr 00:26:5C:10:1D:B6 class 0x000540 type ACL > HCI Event: Command Status (0x0f) plen 4 Accept Connection Request (0x01|0x0009) status 0x00 ncmd 1 > HCI Event: Connect Complete (0x03) plen 11 status 0x08… Read more »


It seems to be connected but the device just keep blinking and I get no input. Any tips ? Here is the log : kernel: input: Gasia Co.,Ltd PS(R) Gamepad as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-2/2-2:1.0/0003:054C:0268.0028/input/input44 kernel: sony 0003:054C:0268.0028: input,hiddev0,hidraw3: USB HID v1.11 Joystick [Gasia Co.,Ltd PS(R) Gamepad] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-2/input0 bluetoothd[821]: sixaxis: compatible device connected: PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller (054C:0268) bluetoothd[821]: sixaxis: setting up new device kernel: usb 2-2: USB disconnect, device number 13 kernel: input: PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.1/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/bluetooth/hci0/hci0:69/0005:054C:0268.0029/input/input45 kernel: sony 0005:054C:0268.0029: input,hidraw3: BLUETOOTH HID v0.00 Joystick [PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller] on 00:1a:7d:da:71:04 bluetoothd[821]: sixaxis: compatible device connected: PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller (054C:0268)