Bevy Version:0.11(outdated!)

As this page is outdated, please refer to Bevy's official migration guides while reading, to cover the differences: 0.11 to 0.12, 0.12 to 0.13.

I apologize for the inconvenience. I will update the page as soon as I find the time.

Input Handling

Bevy supports the following inputs:

The following notable input devices are not supported:

  • Accelerometers and gyroscopes for device tilt
  • Other sensors, like temperature sensors
  • Tracking individual fingers on a multi-touch trackpad, like on a touchscreen
  • Microphones and other audio input devices
  • MIDI (musical instruments), but there is an unofficial plugin: bevy_midi.

For most input types (where it makes sense), Bevy provides two ways of dealing with them:

Some inputs are only provided as events.

Checking state is done using resources such as Input (for binary inputs like keys or buttons), Axis (for analog inputs), Touches (for fingers on a touchscreen), etc. This way of handling input is very convenient for implementing game logic. In these scenarios, you typically only care about the specific inputs mapped to actions in your game. You can check specific buttons/keys to see when they get pressed/released, or what their current state is.

Events (input events) are a lower-level, more all-encompassing approach. Use them if you want to get all activity from that class of input device, rather than only checking for specific inputs.

Input Mapping

Bevy does not yet offer a built-in way to do input mapping (configure key bindings, etc). You need to come up with your own way of translating the inputs into logical actions in your game/app.

There are some community-made plugins that may help with that: see the input-section on bevy-assets. My personal recommendation: Input Manager plugin by Leafwing Studios.

It may be a good idea to build your own abstractions specific to your game. For example, if you need to handle player movement, you might want to have a system for reading inputs and converting them to your own internal "movement intent/action events", and then another system acting on those internal events, to actually move the player. Make sure to use explicit system ordering to avoid lag / frame delays.

Run Conditions

Bevy also provides run conditions (see all of them here) that you can attach to your systems, if you want a specific system to only run when a specific key or button is pressed.

This way, you can do input handling as part of the scheduling/configuration of your systems, and avoid running unnecessary code on the CPU.

Using these in real games is not recommended, because you have to hard-code the keys, which makes it impossible to make user-configurable keybindings.

To support configurable keybindings, you can implement your own run conditions that check your keybindings from the user settings.

If you are using the LWIM plugin, it also provides support for a similar run-condition-based workflow.