Handling Mouse Scrolling

Simulate Mouse Events in SDL

How can I simulate mouse events programmatically in SDL for testing purposes?

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Simulating mouse events programmatically in SDL can be useful for testing and automating user interactions.

SDL provides functions to push custom events into the event queue, allowing you to simulate various types of events, including mouse events.

Here’s an example that simulate mouse events in SDL:

#include <SDL.h>
#include <iostream>

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO);
  SDL_Window* window = SDL_CreateWindow(
    "Simulate Mouse Events Example",
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    800, 600,
    SDL_WINDOW_SHOWN
  );

  SDL_Event event;
  bool running = true;

  while (running) {
    while (SDL_PollEvent(&event)) {
      if (event.type == SDL_MOUSEBUTTONDOWN) {
        std::cout << "Simulated mouse button down at ("
                  << event.button.x << ", "
                  << event.button.y << ")\n"; 
      }
      if (event.type == SDL_QUIT) {
        running = false;
      }
    }

    // Simulate a mouse button down event
    SDL_Event simulatedEvent;
    simulatedEvent.type = SDL_MOUSEBUTTONDOWN;
    simulatedEvent.button.button = SDL_BUTTON_LEFT;
    simulatedEvent.button.x = 400; 
    simulatedEvent.button.y = 300; 
    SDL_PushEvent(&simulatedEvent); 
  }

  SDL_DestroyWindow(window);
  SDL_Quit();
  return 0;
}
Simulated mouse button down at (400, 300)

We use the SDL_PushEvent() function to push custom events into the SDL event queue. You can create an SDL_Event structure, set its type and relevant data, and then push it to simulate the event.

You can simulate various mouse events, such as button presses, releases, and motion events. Here’s an example of simulating a mouse motion event:

SDL_Event simulatedMotionEvent;
simulatedMotionEvent.type = SDL_MOUSEMOTION;
simulatedMotionEvent.motion.x = 400;
simulatedMotionEvent.motion.y = 300;
simulatedMotionEvent.motion.xrel = 10;
simulatedMotionEvent.motion.yrel = 10;
SDL_PushEvent(&simulatedMotionEvent);

In your event loop, handle the simulated events as you would handle actual user input events. This allows you to test your application’s response to different mouse interactions programmatically.

Here’s a complete example that simulates both a mouse button down and a mouse motion event:

#include <SDL.h>
#include <iostream>

void HandleEvent(SDL_Event& event) {
  if (event.type == SDL_MOUSEBUTTONDOWN) {
    std::cout << "Simulated mouse button down at ("
      << event.button.x << ", "
      << event.button.y << ")\n";  
  }
  if (event.type == SDL_MOUSEMOTION) {
    std::cout << "Simulated mouse motion to ("
      << event.motion.x << ", "
      << event.motion.y << ")\n";  
  }
}

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO);
  SDL_Window* window = SDL_CreateWindow(
    "Simulate Mouse Events Example",
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    800, 600, SDL_WINDOW_SHOWN
  );

  SDL_Event event;
  bool running = true;

  while (running) {
    while (SDL_PollEvent(&event)) {
      HandleEvent(event);
      if (event.type == SDL_QUIT) {
        running = false;
      }
    }

    // Simulate a mouse button down event
    SDL_Event simulatedButtonEvent;
    simulatedButtonEvent.type = SDL_MOUSEBUTTONDOWN;
    simulatedButtonEvent.button.button =
      SDL_BUTTON_LEFT;
    simulatedButtonEvent.button.x = 400;
    simulatedButtonEvent.button.y = 300;
    SDL_PushEvent(&simulatedButtonEvent);

    // Simulate a mouse motion event
    SDL_Event simulatedMotionEvent;
    simulatedMotionEvent.type = SDL_MOUSEMOTION;
    simulatedMotionEvent.motion.x = 400;
    simulatedMotionEvent.motion.y = 300;
    simulatedMotionEvent.motion.xrel = 10;
    simulatedMotionEvent.motion.yrel = 10;
    SDL_PushEvent(&simulatedMotionEvent);
  }

  SDL_DestroyWindow(window);
  SDL_Quit();
  return 0;
}
Simulated mouse button down at (400, 300)
Simulated mouse motion to (400, 300)

By following these steps, you can simulate mouse events programmatically in SDL, which is particularly useful for testing and automation purposes.

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