Blueman can be installed from the AUR.AUR package in the
Be sure to enable the Bluetooth daemon and start Blueman with
Checking the Bluetooth hardware
Be sure the local Bluetooth device is availabe by running
hcitool dev. If only
Devices: is dumped, the local Bluetooth device is unavailable. If this is the case, try restarting the bluetooth service or toggle the WiFi/Bluetooth switch on your laptop (if it exists). For example: the switch is
Fn+F3 on an Acer Aspire laptop. Also try rebooting to activate the local Bluetooth device. If you run
blueman-applet without an available local Bluetooth device, the Blueman tray icon will not appear.
The following autostart file should have been created:
/etc/xdg/autostart/blueman.desktop. This means that Blueman should be autostarted with most desktop environments without manual intervention. See the article for your desktop environment or window manager as well as the Autostarting article for further information on autostarting.
It might be necessary for the user to be added to the
lp group in order for the user to be able to add and manage Bluetooth devices using Blueman. 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".
source /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/*to your
~/.xinitrcto make Nautilus capable of browsing your devices.
Mounting Bluetooth devices without Nautilus
Blueman is configured to use Nautilus for bluetooth device mounting by default. The instructions below describe a method for using different file managers with Blueman. The examples in this section focus on Thunar. If you are using a different file manager, substitute thunar with the name of the file manager you are using.
#!/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
nautilus --browse obex://with this one:
thunar obex://in Local Services > Transfer > Advanced
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.
Workaround for a Bug with obex and gvfs
To browse a mobile phone using Nautilus and Blueman you will need a patched version of GVFS (The GNOME Virtual File System.) Install AUR from AUR. It is possible that you will need to rebuild the AUR package as shown below:
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc
Cannot receive files
If you cannot receive files with Blueman, edit the
/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 $ systemctl 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 sending the file again.