Gestures Gem

You can use the Gestures Gem to recognize common gesture-based input, including the following:

  • Tap or Click - Single-touch, discrete gesture
  • Drag or Pan - Single-touch, continuous gesture
  • Hold or Press - Single-touch, continuous gesture
  • Swipe - Single-touch, discrete gesture
  • Pinch - Multiple-touch, continuous gesture
  • Rotate - Multiple-touch, continuous gesture

Single-touch gestures (such as tap, drag, hold, and swipe) can be detected with touch or mouse input. However, multiple-touch gestures (such as pinch and rotate) can only be recognized on multi-touch enabled devices such as iOS or Android. You can extend the underlying C++ gesture recognition framework to support your custom gesture recognizers.

Enable the Gem in your project to automatically start receiving gesture input events that you can respond to.

Gesture recognizers can only be configured in the Gem’s source at the moment. There is no UI available to modify them.

Responding to Gesture Input

Each gesture recognizer that the Gestures system component exposes corresponds to a gesture input channel that belongs to a gesture input device.

You can use gesture input channels in the same way as other input channels with C++, Lua, or Script Canvas. You can map the gesture input channels to gameplay actions with an Input component.

To add input to an entity, see the Input component.

Example Lua Script The following script listens for and responds to the default double press gesture.

function GestureExample:OnActivate()
    self.inputChannelNotificationBus = InputChannelNotificationBus.Connect(self);

function GestureExample:OnInputChannelEvent(inputChannel)
    if (inputChannel.channelName == InputDeviceGestures.gesture_double_press) then
        -- Respond to the default double press gesture

function GestureExample:OnDeactivate()
    if (self.inputChannelNotificationBus) then

For more information, see Input in Open 3D Engine.