Registering Input in Actor derived class


I am trying to implement a context action object listener, i.e, an object that performs an action when the player is within its reach and presses an action button. (door switch for instance)

I managed to do it with blueprints using OnBeginOverlap/ Input Action and a Gate, but I’d like to learn how to do it in c++. Everything is ok but the input listening piece in the Actor. I’m enabling it using:

AutoReceiveInput = EAutoReceiveInput::Player0;

I followed the docs (Input Action And Axis Mappings In UE4 - Unreal Engine) and it says I could bind anywhere I have access to an UInputComponent, but as off now I only know how get an reference to it via SetupPlayerInputComponent() which is only defined in Character.

Any ideas?

Kind Regards,

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I use this for my interaction with object, so upon Overlap i will bind my delegate to function of that object, so when i press e, it will execute that function to do what you want with object. Btw you can unbind when you end overlap

I was looking for a way to bind an input to an actor, but you actually gave me a much better way of doing it.

The way I did was to bind a delegate function to OnBegin/OnEnd Overlap that registers/unregisters an object as a input listener. When the action event is trigger is passes the message to the listener allowing it to perform its action.

The code follows in case this helps someone else:

   // InteractiveActor.h
class VIRTUALTRAINING_API AInteractiveActor : public AActor

	/** Defines a Context Area. All input outside its reach is ignored */
	UPROPERTY(VisibleAnywhere, BlueprintReadOnly, Category = "Trigger")
	TSubobjectPtr<USphereComponent> Trigger;

	/** Called when an Action Input happens within the Context Area of this Actor */
	UFUNCTION(BlueprintImplementableEvent, meta=(FriendlyName = "OnAction"))
	virtual void OnContextAction();

The OnContextAction can be implemented by InteractiveActor subclasses and/or via blueprints.

// Character.h
class FOO_API AVTCharacter : public ACharacter


    /* Listerner to Action Events */
    class AInteractiveActor* ActionListener;

    UFUNCTION(BlueprintCallable, Category = "Action")
    void OnContextAction();


// Character.cpp
AVTCharacter::AVTCharacter(const class FPostConstructInitializeProperties& PCIP)
	: Super(PCIP)
	// Delegate Binding
	OnActorBeginOverlap.AddDynamic(this, &AVTCharacter::OnRegisterActorAsListener);
	OnActorEndOverlap.AddDynamic(this, &AVTCharacter::OnUnregisterActorAsListener);

	ActionListener = nullptr;

void AVTCharacter::OnContextAction()
	if (ActionListener)

I have a switch class which inherits from InteractiveActor and implements OnContextAction calling the base method (Super::OnContextAction). The base method is implemented in blueprints.

This way I can implement simple things like setting shader parameter in code and other internal states, and still implement more complicated/event driver gameplay in the blueprint (like opening a door); :smiley: