Media Transfer Protocol

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MTP is the "Media Transfer Protocol" and is used by many MP3 players such as the Creative Zen and some Walkmans. In addition, Android phones and tablets use it since version 3.0. It is part of the "Windows Media" Framework and has close relationship with Windows Media Player.


MTP support is provided by the libmtp package, to install:

   pacman -S libmtp

You then get a number of tools to use from the command line (such as mtp-detect). Use:


to detect/connect to the device.

Using media players

You can also use your mtp device in music players such as Amarok. To do this you may have to edit "/etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules" (The MTP device used in the following example is a Galaxy Nexus): To do this run:

   $ lsusb

and look for your device, it will be something like:

   Bus 003 Device 011: ID 04e8:6860 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd GT-I9100 Phone [Galaxy S II], GT-P7500 [Galaxy Tab 10.1]

in which case the entry would be:

   SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04e8", ATTR{idProduct}=="6860", MODE="0666"

Then, reload udev rules:

   # udevadm control --reload
Note: After installing MTP you may have to reboot for your device to be recognised


Mtpfs is FUSE filesystem that supports reading and writing from any MTP device. Basically it allows you to mount your device as an external drive.
It's available in the community repository.

  • To mount your device
   # mtpfs -o allow_other /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT
  • To unmount your device
   # umount /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT

Also, you can put them into your ~/.bashrc:

   alias android-connect="mtpfs -o allow_other /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT"
   alias android-disconnect="umount /media/YOURMOUNTPOINT"