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Note: As of 2013-11-02, blueman no longer depends on the older bluez4, it uses bluez (v5) although this dependency seems to be in error. You will have to force the installation of bluez4 using pacman -Sdd bluez4

See Blueman article.

Pairing with bluez4

The procedure on a mobile may be as follows:

  • The computer sends a connect request to the mobile.
  • A PIN, determined by the computer, is prompted for at the mobile
  • The same key must be re-entered at the computer.

To pair with a device without using the gnome-bluez package, the bluez-simple-agent utility that comes with the bluez package can be used. This utility depends on three packages from the official repositories: python2-dbus python2-gobject dbus-glib.

First, scan for external devices:

$ hcitool scan

Run the script as root:

# bluez-simple-agent

The message "Agent registered" should be returned, press Ctrl+c to quit.

Below is a basic example of pairing with a specific device. The script will ask for the passcode, enter the code and confirm with enter.

# bluez-simple-agent hci0 00:11:22:33:AA:BB
Note: bluez-simple-agent is only needed once for pairing a device, not every time you want to connect.

See the Examples section below for pairing examples with various devices.

Bluez4 examples

Siemens S55

This is what I did to connect to my S55. (I have not figured out how to initiate the connection from the phone)

  • The steps under installation
$ hcitool scan
Scanning ...

Start the simple-agent in a second terminal:

$ su -c bluez-simple-agent
Agent registered

Back to the first console:

$ obexftp -b $B -l "Address book"
# Phone ask for pin, I enter it and answer yes when asked if I want to save the device
<file name="5F07.adr" size="78712" modified="20030101T001858" user-perm="WD" group-perm="" />
$ obexftp -b 00:01:E3:6B:FF:D7 -g "Address book/5F07.adr"
Browsing 00:01:E3:6B:FF:D7 ...
Channel: 5
Receiving "Address book/5F07.adr"... Sending "Address book"... done
$ obexftp -b 00:01:E3:6B:FF:D7 -p a
Sending "a"... done

Motorola V900

After installing Blueman and running blueman-applet, click "find me" under connections > bluetooth in Motorola device. In blueman-applet, scan devices, find the Motorola, click "add". Click "bond" in blueman-applet, enter some PIN, enter the same PIN in Motorola when it asks. In terminal:

$ mkdir ~/bluetooth-temp
$ obexfs -n XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX ~/bluetooth-temp
$ cd ~/bluetooth-temp

and browse... Only audio, video, and pictures are available when you do this.

Motorola RAZ

Install obextool obexfs obexftp openobex bluez.

# lsusb
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 03f0:171d Hewlett-Packard Wireless (Bluetooth + WLAN) Interface [Integrated Module]
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
# hciconfig hci0 up
# hciconfig
hci0:   Type: BR/EDR  Bus: USB
        BD Address: 00:16:41:97:BA:5E  ACL MTU: 1017:8  SCO MTU: 64:8
        UP RUNNING
        RX bytes:348 acl:0 sco:0 events:11 errors:0
        TX bytes:38 acl:0 sco:0 commands:11 errors:0
# hcitool dev
        hci0    00:16:41:97:BA:5E

Make sure that bluetooth on your phone is enabled and your phone is visible!

# hcitool scan
Scanning ...
        00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D       [quirxi]
# hcitool inq
Inquiring ...
        00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D       clock offset: 0x1ee4    class: 0x522204
# l2ping 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D
Ping: 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D from 00:16:41:97:BA:5E (data size 44) ...
44 bytes from 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D id 0 time 23.94ms
44 bytes from 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D id 1 time 18.85ms
44 bytes from 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D id 2 time 30.88ms
44 bytes from 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D id 3 time 18.88ms
44 bytes from 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D id 4 time 17.88ms
44 bytes from 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D id 5 time 17.88ms
6 sent, 6 received, 0% loss
# hcitool name 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D
# hciconfig -a hci0
hci0:   Type: BR/EDR  Bus: USB
        BD Address: 00:16:41:97:BA:5E  ACL MTU: 1017:8  SCO MTU: 64:8
        UP RUNNING
        RX bytes:9740 acl:122 sco:0 events:170 errors:0
        TX bytes:2920 acl:125 sco:0 commands:53 errors:0
        Features: 0xff 0xff 0x8d 0xfe 0x9b 0xf9 0x00 0x80
        Packet type: DM1 DM3 DM5 DH1 DH3 DH5 HV1 HV2 HV3
        Link policy:
        Link mode: SLAVE ACCEPT
        Name: 'BCM2045'
        Class: 0x000000
        Service Classes: Unspecified
        Device Class: Miscellaneous,
        HCI Version: 2.0 (0x3)  Revision: 0x204a
        LMP Version: 2.0 (0x3)  Subversion: 0x4176
        Manufacturer: Broadcoml / Corporation (15)
# hcitool info 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D
Requesting information ...
        BD Address:  00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D
        Device Name: [quirxi]
        LMP Version: 1.2 (0x2) LMP Subversion: 0x309
        Manufacturer: Broadcom Corporation (15)
        Features: 0xff 0xfe 0x0d 0x00 0x08 0x08 0x00 0x00
                <3-slot packets> <5-slot packets> <encryption> <slot offset>
                <timing accuracy> <role switch> <hold mode> <sniff mode>
                <RSSI> <channel quality> <SCO link> <HV2 packets>
                <HV3 packets> <A-law log> <CVSD> <power control>
                <transparent SCO> <AFH cap. slave> <AFH cap. master>

Edit your /etc/bluetooth/main.conf and enter the proper class for your phone ( Class = 0x100100 ):

# Default device class. Only the major and minor device class bits are
# considered.
#Class = 0x000100
Class =  0x100100
# systemctl start bluetooth
:: Stopping bluetooth subsystem:  pand dund rfcomm hidd  bluetoothd
:: Starting bluetooth subsystem:  bluetoothd

Pairing with bluez-simple-agent only has to be done once. On your Motorola phone give 0000 in as your PIN when phone asks for it!

/usr/bin/bluez-simple-agent hci0 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D
RequestPinCode (/org/bluez/10768/hci0/dev_00_1A_1B_82_9B_6D)
Enter PIN Code: 0000
New device (/org/bluez/10768/hci0/dev_00_1A_1B_82_9B_6D)

Now you can browse the filesystem of your phone with obexftp:

obexftp -v -b 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D -B 9 -l
Tried to connect for 448ms
Receiving "(null)"...-<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!DOCTYPE folder-listing SYSTEM "obex-folder-listing.dtd">
<parent-folder />
<folder name="audio" size="0" type="folder" modified="20101010T132323Z" user-perm="RW" />
<folder name="video" size="0" type="folder" modified="20101010T132323Z" user-perm="RW" />
<folder name="picture" size="0" type="folder" modified="20101010T132323Z" user-perm="RW" />

Or you can mount your phone into a directory on your computer and treat it like a normal file system:

# groupadd bluetooth
# mkdir /mnt/bluetooth
# chown root:bluetooth /mnt/bluetooth
# chmod 775 /mnt/bluetooth
# usermod -a -G bluetooth arno
# obexfs -b 00:1A:1B:82:9B:6D /mnt/bluetooth/

Pairing with an iPhone using bluez-simple-agent

Assuming a bluetooth device called hci0 and an iPhone that showed up in a hcitool scan as '00:00:DE:AD:BE:EF':

# bluez-simple-agent hci0 00:00:DE:AD:BE:EF

Logitech mouse MX Laser / M555b

To quickly test the connection:

$ hidd --connect XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX

For automated reconnection, use your desktop wizard to configure the bluetooth mouse. If your desktop environment doesn't includes support for this task, see the Bluetooth mouse manual configuration guide.

Headset and ALSA devices

by referencing the bluetooth device in asound.conf

1. Scan for your device:

$ hcitool (-i optional hci#***) scan

2. Pair your headset with your device:

$ bluez-simple-agent (optional hci# ***) XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
  and put in your PIN (0000 or 1234, etc)

3. Add this to your /etc/asound.conf file:

pcm.btheadset {
   type plug
   slave {
       pcm {
           type bluetooth
           device XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
           profile "auto"
   hint {
       show on
       description "BT Headset"
ctl.btheadset {
  type bluetooth

4. Check to see if it has been added to ALSA devices

$ aplay -L

5. Now play with aplay:

$ aplay -D btheadset /path/to/audio/file

or MPlayer:

$ mplayer -ao alsa:device=btheadset /path/to/audio/or/video/file

To find hci# for a usb dongle, type in:

$ hcitool dev

by using bluez-tools from the AUR

You can use bluez-toolsAUR from the AUR with PulseAudio to stream audio to a bluetooth headset. Find the MAC of the headset:

$ hcitool scan

Connect to the headset:

$ bt-audio -c XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX

Open pulseaudio volume control:

$ pavucontrol

The headset should show up in the Configuration tab.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000

1. Scan for your device

$ hcitool (-i optional_hci#***) scan
Scanning ...
       00:11:22:33:44:55       Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000

2. On second console run as root (do not terminate):

# bluez-simple-agent
Agent registered

3. Back on first console run:

$ bluez-simple-agent hci0 00:11:22:33:44:55
Enter PIN Code: 1234
(now enter that PIN on the keyboard and press enter)
New device (/org/bluez/5373/hci0/dev_00_11_22_33_44_55)


$ bluez-test-device trusted 00:11:22:33:44:55


$ bluez-test-input connect 00:11:22:33:44:55

No your keyboard should work. You can terminate bluez-simple-agent on second console with Ctrl+C

Bluez4 - Troubleshooting


$ passkey-agent --default 1234
Can't register passkey agent
The name org.bluez was not provided by any .service files


$ hciconfig dev
# (no listing)

Try running hciconfig hc0 up

Sennheiser MM400 headset connection problems

If your Sennheiser MM400 Headset immediately disconnects after connecting as Headset Service with Blueman, try to connect it as Audio Sink. Afterwards you can change the headset's Audio Profile to Telephony Duplex with a right click in Blueman. With this option headset functionality will be available although the headset was only connected as Audio Sink in first place and no disconnection will happen (tested with bluez 4.96-3, pulseaudio 1.1-1 and blueman 1.23-2).

My device is paired but no sound is played from it

Try to first inspect /var/log/messages.log. If you see such messages:

Jan 12 20:08:58 localhost pulseaudio[1584]: [pulseaudio] module-bluetooth-device.c: Service not connected
Jan 12 20:08:58 localhost pulseaudio[1584]: [pulseaudio] module-bluetooth-device.c: Bluetooth audio service not available

try first:

# pactl load-module module-bluetooth-device

If the module fails to work, do this workaround: Open /etc/bluetooth/audio.conf and add after [General] (on a new line)


Then restart the bluetooth daemon. Pair again your device, and you should find it in the pulseaudio settings (advanced settings for the sound)

More information on Gentoo Wiki

If after fixing this you still can't get sound, try using blueman (this is the only one that works for me), make sure that notify-osd is installed or it might show you weird error messages like this one: "Stream setup failed"

fail (/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blueman/gui/manager/
fail (DBusException(dbus.String(u'Stream setup failed'),),)

See also