Blueman is a full featured Bluetooth manager written in GTK+. Blueman versions 1.23 and below were developed on launchpad.net and used the, now unmaintained, Bluez4 bluetooth stack. In November 2013, Blueman development moved to Github. As of version 1.99.alpha1, Blueman has partial support for the Bluez5 bluetooth stack.
Install either AUR.AUR or AUR (the development version) from the
Be sure to enable the Bluetooth daemon and start Blueman with
blueman-applet. A graphical settings panel can be launched with
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.
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 GNOME Files capable of browsing your devices.
Mounting Bluetooth devices without GNOME Files
Blueman is configured to use GNOME Files 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.
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.
No adapters detected
If your Bluetooth applet or manager doesn't show or detect any Bluetooth adapter, you might be missing. Restart might be required.
No module named cairo
You are probably missing. Restart required.
- Blueman development, on GitHub