Blueman can be installed from the AUR.AUR package in the
Be sure to enable the Bluetooth daemon and start Blueman with
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.
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".
Generic file manager script
If you are not using Nautilus (for example Thunar) you may find the following script useful:
#!/bin/bash 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/obex_thunar.sh
The last step is to change the line in Blueman tray icon > Local Services > Transfer > Advanced to
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
nautilus --browse obex://
Workaround for a Bug with obex and gvfs
To browse mobile phone via nautilus with Blueman you need a patched GVFS. Install AUR. It is possible that you will need to rebuild the AUR package as shown below:AUR from
$ ./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.
Put this in
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <deviceinfo version="0.2"> <device> <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"/> </match> </match> </device> </deviceinfo>
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).