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Blueman is a full featured Bluetooth manager written in GTK+ and, as such, is recommended for GNOME, Xfce, or LXDE.


Warning: Blueman relies on the obsolete Bluez4 stack. It is recommended that you use bluez version 5 for bluetooth functionality.

Blueman can be installed from the blueman-bzrAUR package in the AUR.

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


Be sure the local Bluetooth device is availabe by running hcitool dev. If only Devices: is dumped, the local Bluetooth device is unavailable. You may restart the bluetooth service or toggle the WiFi/Bluetooth switch of your laptop, for example Fn+F3 in Acer Aspire or reboot to activate the local Bluetooth device. If you run blueman-applet without available local Bluetooth device, the Blueman tray icon will not appear.

Then execute blueman-applet, and the Blueman tray icon will show up. /etc/xdg/autostart/blueman.desktop may have been created to autostart Blueman when loggin into X in a system-wide manner. If not, to make the applet run after login into a graphical environment automatically, add blueman-applet either under System > Preferences > Startup Applications (GNOME) or Xfce Menu > Settings > Session and Startup (Xfce). Various ways to autostart a program are listed in Autostarting.

In order for a user to add and manage Bluetooth devices using Blueman, the user must be added to the lp group. See /etc/dbus-1/system.d/bluetooth.conf for the section that enables users of the lp group to communicate with the Bluetooth daemon.

To receive files remember to right click on the Blueman tray icon > Local Services > Transfer > File Receiving" and tick the square box next to "Enabled".

Note: If you are running Blueman outside GNOME/GDM (e.g., in Xfce using the startx command) you should add source /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/* on top of your ~/.xinitrc to make Nautilus capable to browse your devices.

Generic file manager script

If you are not using Nautilus (for example Thunar) you may find the following script useful:
fusermount -u ~/bluetooth
obexfs -b $1 ~/bluetooth
thunar ~/bluetooth

Now you will need to move the script to an appropriate location (e.g., /usr/local/bin). After that, mark it as executable:

# chmod +x /usr/local/bin/

The last step is to change the line in Blueman tray icon > Local Services > Transfer > Advanced to %d.

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

Install the gvfs-obexftp-bluez4AUR package from the AUR to browse files remotely in Thunar using Blueman. 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 affects older versions of Blueman.

To browse mobile phone via nautilus with Blueman you need a patched GVFS. Install gvfs-rarAUR from AUR. It is possible that you will need to rebuild the obex-data-serverAUR package as shown below:

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

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"/>

Cannot receive files

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


Blueman applet does not start

If blueman-applet fails to start, try removing the entire /var/lib/bluetooth directory and restarting the machine (or just the dbus and bluetooth services).

# rm -rf /var/lib/bluetooth
# reboot

If you see a notification saying Incoming file over Bluetooth then this means that the device isn't marked as trusted. Mark it as trusted and try again (looking at the code, it looks like some buttons should be displayed in the notification, but I don't see them).