Bluetooth keyboard

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Warning: hidd is deprecated in bluez v4. The current procedure is given in Bluetooth mouse configuration.

This article describes how to set up a Bluetooth keyboard with Arch Linux, bluez version 3. I used an Apple Wireless Keyboard (aluminium) but it should work for other models.

The setup is similar than the one of a Bluetooth Mouse. Follow this guide first to add kernel modules, bluetooth libraries.

The tricky part for the Apple Wireless Keyboard is to have the correct settings in /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf. Obviously you need to replace the mac address with yours:

device 00:01:02:03:04:05 {
  name "Apple Wireless Keyboard";
  auth disable;
  encrypt disable;

And then to have /etc/conf.d/bluetooth with the following options to connect automatically when starting the bluetooth daemon:

HIDD_OPTIONS="--timeout 8 --master --server --connect 00:01:02:03:04:05"

If you loaded the bluetooth modules from the Bluetooth Mouse guide you can now test by doing a /etc/rc.d/bluetooth restart

Bluetooth Keyboard at Startup

in /etc/rc.conf add the following modules:

MODULES=(... hci_usb bluetooth hidp l2cap)

and add the bluetooth daemon:

DAEMONS=(... @bluetooth ...)

Then it should work on reboot automatically !

Bluez v4.39

In this version of bluez, there is no /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf To create a trust between your BT adapter and a BT device, add the device's BT address to a file called trusts inside /var/lib/bluetooth/<MAC address of BT host adapter>/trusts, like so:

echo "00:02:76:05:45:E1 [all]" >> /var/lib/bluetooth/00\:1E\:37\:B0\:47\:24/trusts

This line appends a new line to that file.