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Open a haptic device for use.

Header File

Defined in <SDL3/SDL_haptic.h>


SDL_Haptic* SDL_OpenHaptic(SDL_HapticID instance_id);

Function Parameters

SDL_HapticID instance_id the haptic device instance ID.

Return Value

(SDL_Haptic *) Returns the device identifier or NULL on failure; call SDL_GetError() for more information.


The index passed as an argument refers to the N'th haptic device on this system.

When opening a haptic device, its gain will be set to maximum and autocenter will be disabled. To modify these values use SDL_SetHapticGain() and SDL_SetHapticAutocenter().


This function is available since SDL 3.0.0.

See Also

CategoryAPI, CategoryAPIFunction, CategoryHaptic

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