X-KeyPad XK-80

X-KeyPad XK-80

X-KeyPad XKE-40 Rack Mount

X-KeyPad XKE-40 Rack Mount

X-KeyPad XKE-40


40 keys to replicate simulator functions for X-Plane.

  • Fully integrated with X-KeyPad
  • Assign any function to any key
  • Red and blue LEDs behind each key indicate status
Availability: In stock

X-KeyPad for X-keys

X-KeyPad provides an advanced driver for X-keys® devices to control X-plane 10 or 11. X-KeyPad in conjunction with X-Keys input hardware makes a home cockpit more immersive. You will spend less time clicking with a mouse or searching for keys on a keyboard. Clearly labeled, responsive, and prototypical buttons let you focus on the flight instead of the computer.

P.I. Engineering and Stick and Rudder Studios collaborated to configure this special kits for the XK-80 including a free back-light mask. The mask reduces bleed over from adjacent keys to make is easier to recognize the individual key illumination triggered by X-keyPad. The two units featured in the demo video have these masks installed.

  • Eliminate the need for rotary encoders by entering simulator numeric data on your X-Key device
  • Any writable dataref
  • COM radio frequencies
  • Nav radio frequencies
  • Altimeter setting
  • Transponder code
  • Autopilot parameters
    • Altitude
    • Vertical Speed
    • Air Speed
    • Heading
    • Course
  • Control the X-Key back-lighting for each individual key using data from X-Plane
  • Optionally enable Text to Speech confirmation for key press and data entry
  • Support a wide variety of 3rd party planes through advanced configuration capabilities and FlyWithLua scripts
  • XK-80 sample configurations available
    • Default Cessna 172
    • Default Baron 58
    • Default 737
    • Default C90
    • Aerobask DA62
    • Dden Challenger 300
Operating System Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10 
Free Programming Software Windows: MacroWorks 3.1 
Free Software Development Kits Windows (C++, C#, VB.NET) 
Linux (C++)
Android (Java)
Raw HID (any language/OS)
Emulation Modes HID keyboard, HID mouse, HID game controller, HID multimedia
Switch Types Full-travel rubber dome, carbon on gold contacts, guaranteed for over 1 million operations
Number of Keys 40 single keys
Actuation Force Approx. 2.5 oz (72g) break-over, approx. 1.5 oz (42g) hold
Keycaps 0.625” (16mm) sq.; relegendable with Cherry MX compatible stem
Key Spacing 0.75" O.C.
Backlighting 40 blue and red LEDs, individually addressable
Connector Wired USB 2.0 standard “A” plug
Cord Length 118” (3 m)
Dimensions and Weight 19” x 1.75” x 1.4", (483 mm x 44 mm x 10 mm), 21 oz. (600 g)
USB Type USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter
Power Source USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC
Current Draw No BL: 40 mA, All Blue: 80 mA, All Red: 110 mA, All Red and Blue: 140 mA
Temperature Range -20 to 60 C
Memory Capacity Approximately 21,000 keystrokes or commands in onboard memory
Memory Type EEPROM, non-volatile memory (X-keys retains memory for over 200 years)
Environmental Rating IP 40, typical indoor office environment
Certifications FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant

XKE-40 Spec Sheet PDF

FCC class B Certification


Download PDF: XKE-40 DD.pdf

Sketchup 3D Model

We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the XKE-40 for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.

View or download this model in Sketchup 3D Warehouse.


  • X-Plane 10 
    • Windows Only
  • X-Plane 11
    • Windows
    • OSX
    • Linux
  • FlyWithLua plugin is need for a number of the sample configurations
  • A willingness to learn about X-Plane datarefs and commands
  • The dataref tool plugin for X-Plane is highly recommended.

Register X-KeyPad

X-KeyPad can be run in a registered (paid) and unregistered (free) mode. The unregistered version will limit you to defining keys 0 – 31 on an X-Key device. The registered version allows you to define all keys from 0 – 127.

You can download the plugin for both the registered and unregistered version below. Even if you have not purchased an X-Key device yet it is a good idea to download the archive, read the manual, and look at the sample configurations. They will give you a good idea what is involved with setting up your future X-Key device. There are also some X-KeyPad tutorial videos here.

Obtain a license key by registering your copy of X-KeyPad here: https://www.stickandrudderstudios.com/x-keypad-for-x-keys/