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This is a collection of tips and information regarding blueman, a GTK+ bluetooth manager.


Install blueman from the official repositories.

Be sure to enable the bluetooth daemon and start blueman with blueman-applet.

Blueman and PulseAudio

Users who want to use PulseAudio with a bluetooth headset may want to activate the pulseaudio plugin of Blueman. This automatically loads pulseaudio bluetooth module after audio device is connected and plays all audio through the bluetooth headset.


Blueman and Thunar

As long as you have gvfs-obexftp installed, you can use thunar from blueman to browse files remotely. Open up the blueman services configuration window and replace

nautilus --browse obex://


thunar obex://

Workaround for a Bug with obex and gvfs

Note: This bug only afflict older versions of blueman.

To browse mobile phone via nautilus with blueman you need a patched gvfs. Install gvfs-rar from AUR:

obex-data-server package is broken for now and needs to rebuild with:

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc

Just grab it from ABS and rebuild.

>>For me now with actual obex-data-server and standard gvfs all is working fine (Yes obex-browsing too) the only thing is delete files on remote storage do not work.

Workaround a bug with network manager in bluetooth networking

Some distributions show all bluetooth interfaces as net.80203, which can cause strange behaviour in network manager, for example NM trying to get dhcp address for an incoming connection.

Note: This bug only afflicts versions below 1.02.

Put this in /etc/hal/fdi/information/bnep.fdi:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<deviceinfo version="0.2">
   <match key="info.category" string="net.80203">
     <match key="net.interface" contains="bnep">
         <merge key="info.category" type="string">net.bluetooth</merge>
         <merge key="info.product" type="string">Bluetooth Interface</merge>
         <merge key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">net, net.bluetooth</merge>
         <merge key="net.bluetooth.mac_address" type="copy_property">net.80203.mac_address</merge>
         <remove key="net.80203.mac_address"/>

Can't receive files

You have to edit /etc/conf.d/bluetooth file and uncomment this line:


See also - Discussion threads on problems