USB Passthrough

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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.

List of Wii Devices and IDs

Device VID PID Type Compatibility
Disney Infinity Reader (Portal Device) 0E6F 0129 HID Supported
EA Active NFL Training Camp Dongle 21A4 AC40 HID Supported
Logitech Vantage USB Microphone 046D 0A03 OH0/VEN Supported
Harmonix Guitar Controller for Nintendo Wii 1BAD 0004 HID Supported
Rock Band 3 Mustang Guitar Dongle 3430 HID Supported
Rock Band Drum Set 3110 HID Supported
Skylanders Giants Portal 1430 0150 HID Supported
Skylanders Swap Force Portal HID Supported
Skylanders Wireless Receiver for Wii HID Supported
Tony Hawk Ride Skateboard 0100 HID Supported
Wii Speak Module 057E 0308 OH0 Supported
YourShape Camera 030A VEN Supported
Internal Bluetooth dongle 0305 OH1 See 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 Vender 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.


Before 5.0-2352

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.

In 5.0-2352 and newer

Download and install the latest x64 usbdk driver.


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

Before 5.0-2352

No configuration is required for USB HID passthrough.

5.0-2352 or newer

1. Open Dolphin's configuration dialog.

2. Click on the Wii tab.

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

4. Select the device you wish to passthrough.