SteelSeries Rival 650

Supported Models

SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless (wired mode)


SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless (2.4 GHz wireless mode)


Missing Features

The following feature are currently not supported by Rivalcfg:

  • Color / illumination

  • Wheel mapping

  • Lifting distance configuration

Command-Line Usage

usage: rivalcfg [-h] [--list] [--version] [--no-save] [--update-udev]
                [--print-udev] [--print-debug] [-s SENSITIVITY1]
                [-t SLEEP_TIMER] [-r] [--battery-level]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --list                List supported devices and exit
  --version             show program's version number and exit
  --no-save             Do not persist settings in the internal device memory
  --update-udev         Updates udev rules (Linux only, requires to be run as
  --print-udev          Prints udev rules and exit
  --print-debug         Prints debug information and exit

SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless (wired mode) Options:
  -s SENSITIVITY1, --sensitivity1 SENSITIVITY1
                        Set sensitivity preset 1 (DPI) (from 100 to 12000,
                        default: 800)
  -S SENSITIVITY2, --sensitivity2 SENSITIVITY2
                        Set sensitivity preset 2 (DPI) (from 100 to 12000,
                        default: 1600)
  -p POLLING_RATE, --polling-rate POLLING_RATE
                        Set the polling rate (Hz) (values: 125, 250, 500,
                        1000, default: 1000)
                        Set the mapping of the buttons (default:
                        buttons(button1=button1; button2=button2;
                        button3=button3; button4=button4; button5=button5;
                        button6=disabled; button7=dpi))
  -t SLEEP_TIMER, --sleep-timer SLEEP_TIMER
                        Set the IDLE time before the mouse goes to sleep mode
                        (minutes) (from 1 to 20, default: 5)
  -r, --reset           Reset all settings to their factory default
  --battery-level       Print the battery level of the mouse and exit

Please report any bug on Github:


Rival 650 buttons schema

This mouse supports buttons mapping. Buttons can be mapped with:

  • some special actions,

  • mouse buttons,

  • multimedia keys,

  • and keyboard keys.

The general syntax for buttons mapping is the following:

buttons(layout=<LAYOUT>; button1=<mapping1>; buttonN=<mappingN>)


rivalcfg --buttons "buttons(layout=QWERTY; button1=button1; button2=PlayPause; button3=disabled; button5=A; button6=DPI)"


  • layout: The keyboard layout to use when papping the keys (see the “Mapping Keyboard Keys” section bellow).

  • button1: The first button of the mouse.

  • button2: The second button of the mouse.

  • buttonN: The Nth button of the mouse (The number of available buttons depends of the mouse model).


All parameters are optional. If you do not define a mapping for a specific button, it will be reset to its default value.

You can also reset all buttons to their factory default by passing "default" as parameter:

rivalcfg --buttons default


Be sure to map the mouse button button1 on some button, else you will not be able to click with the mouse!

Mapping Special Actions

The following special actions are available¹:

  • disabled: disable the button,

  • dpi: use this button to switch between DPI presets,

  • ScrollUp: simulate a scroll up (not available on all devices¹)

  • ScrollDown: simulate a scroll down (not available on all devices¹)


buttons(button4=disabled; button5=disabled; button6=DPI)


¹ The ScrollUp and ScrollDown actions are not available on all devices.

  • Rival 300 / Rival: OK

  • Sensei [RAW]: Not supported

Mapping Mouse Buttons

Mouse buttons can be mapped to any other mouse button.

For example, this swaps the 1 and 2 buttons of the mouse:

buttons(button1=button2; button2=button1)

Mapping Multimedia Keys

Mouse buttons can be mapped to multimedia keys. The following keys are available:

  • Mute: turn off the sound

  • Next: play next media

  • PlayPause: toggle play / pause on the currently playing media

  • Previous: play the previous media

  • VolumeUp: increase the volume

  • VolumeDown: decrease the volume


buttons(button4=VolumeDown; button5=VolumeUp)

Mapping Keyboard Keys

Mouse buttons can be mapped to any keyboard key, using different layouts.

To select the desired layout, just use the layout parameter. If this parameter is not specified, the QWERTY layout will be used by default.

Available layouts:

The available keys depend on the selected layout.


buttons(layout=QWERTY; button7=PageDown; button8=PageUp)


Some characters like ; or = cannot be used as a key identifier as they interfere with the buttons() syntax. For those keys, use one of the available aliases, like semicolon (instead of ;) or equal (instead of =).


buttons(button4=semicolon; button5=equal)

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