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Open a HID device by its path name.

Header File

Defined in <SDL3/SDL_hidapi.h>


SDL_hid_device * SDL_hid_open_path(const char *path);

Function Parameters

const char * path the path name of the device to open.

Return Value

(SDL_hid_device *) Returns a pointer to a SDL_hid_device object on success or NULL on failure.


The path name be determined by calling SDL_hid_enumerate(), or a platform-specific path name can be used (eg: /dev/hidraw0 on Linux).


This function is available since SDL 3.0.0.

CategoryAPI, CategoryAPIFunction, CategoryHIDAPI

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