1. michael b
  2. godot-gesture




Helper node for making Godot engine games react to different gestures on mobile. Godot Engine is an awesome free software game engine that you should check out!


As I found out, detecting gestures is really hard, and there are probably better algorithms out there than the ones I hacked together for this. While it seems to be acceptably accurate for the projects I'm working on, it could probably use a lot of improvement and extra features, so suggestions and/or pull-requests are welcome!


  • Instance the scene GodotGesture.tscn somewhere in your scene hierarchy

  • Attach events for the ones being listened to


Godot Gesture is entirely signal based.

Tap events

  • double_tap(position) - Tap twice somewhere on the screen

  • tap(position) - A single tap on the screen, called the first time the screen is tapped.

  • touches_changed(touch_count) - Called whenever the number of fingers currently touching the screen changes.

Multi-touch events

  • twisted(position, is_clockwise) - Clockwise or counter-clockwise two-finger "twist" motion

  • pinched(position, is_inward) - Inward or outward pinch (e.g. zoom) gesture.

  • dragged(position, drag_vector) - Two finger drag event.

Debounced events

These are called when one of the listen_for_debounced_* properties is enabled. It is called debounce_time_ms from after when the event actually occurred. They are not called if the event is actually part of one of the above events (e.g., if the drag or tap later turns out to be a multi-touch or double tap event). This is useful for distinguishing between multitouch events and taps or drags by themselves.

  • single_tap(event) - A single finger, stray tap

  • single_drag(event) - A single finger, stray drag


Fine control over threshholds for detecting the various events is available via exported script variables. Checking for each event type can be turned on or off with the following events:

  • listen_for_multi_drag = true
  • listen_for_multi_pinch = true
  • listen_for_multi_twist = true

This is useful if you only care about certain events, and other events are getting detected instead (e.g. you only care about pinch, but drag or twist events are getting registered instead).

  • double_tap_thresh_ms = 500 - Maximum separation in miliseconds for click event
  • double_tap_thresh_distance = 100 - Maximum separation between taps for a double tap event to be considered
  • twist_precision = 150 - Higher means more twist events
  • pinch_precision = 70 - Lower means more pinch events
  • drag_precision = 215 - Higher means more drag events
  • drag_threshhold = 10 - Filters brief "drag" events
  • deobunce_time_ms = 600 - How long debounced events are cached before being triggered. If you are listening to double_tap, make sure this is a little longer than double_tap_thresh_ms.

Debug settings

These probably are not very useful unless you are debugging, or intending to contribute to godot-gesture itself.

  • debug_right_click_enabled = false - For debugging / development only: Combine this with Godot's simulate touch events project setting (set display/emulate_touchscreen equal to true) to test gestures on the computer. Right click to "plant" an "extra finger" in a location, and right click again to lift it up. All events except for 2 finger drag can be tested this way (since dragging requires 2 fingers both moving).

  • debug_show_clicks_and_drag = false - For debugging / development only: Creates symbols on screen to show where events are getting noticed

Example debugging in use