Mobile Joystick in UnityHow to create your own touch screen virtual joystick

Author Waldo
Published June 22, 2018

In this tutorial I explain how to code a virtual joystick in Unity to be used for mobile or touch screen devices. 

Video Walkthrough

  • 0:52 - Create a new C# script
  • 1:08 - Create a moveCharacter function
  • 2:50 - Move with arrow keys or physical joystick
  • 3:38 - How to calculate direction
  • 5:08 - Mouse Position - Screen View vs. World View
  • 7:50 - Setup a Visual Joystick
  • 9:45 - Final Product

Source Code

using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;

public class Joystick : MonoBehaviour {
    public Transform player;
    public float speed = 5.0f;
    private bool touchStart = false;
    private Vector2 pointA;
    private Vector2 pointB;

    public Transform circle;
    public Transform outerCircle;

	// Update is called once per frame
	void Update () {
            pointA = Camera.main.ScreenToWorldPoint(new Vector3(Input.mousePosition.x, Input.mousePosition.y, Camera.main.transform.position.z));

            circle.transform.position = pointA * -1;
            outerCircle.transform.position = pointA * -1;
            circle.GetComponent<SpriteRenderer>().enabled = true;
            outerCircle.GetComponent<SpriteRenderer>().enabled = true;
            touchStart = true;
            pointB = Camera.main.ScreenToWorldPoint(new Vector3(Input.mousePosition.x, Input.mousePosition.y, Camera.main.transform.position.z));
            touchStart = false;
	private void FixedUpdate(){
            Vector2 offset = pointB - pointA;
            Vector2 direction = Vector2.ClampMagnitude(offset, 1.0f);
            moveCharacter(direction * -1);

            circle.transform.position = new Vector2(pointA.x + direction.x, pointA.y + direction.y) * -1;
            circle.GetComponent<SpriteRenderer>().enabled = false;
            outerCircle.GetComponent<SpriteRenderer>().enabled = false;

	void moveCharacter(Vector2 direction){
        player.Translate(direction * speed * Time.deltaTime);

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