Ensure the Bluetooth controller is not blocked. Use
rfkill to check whether
there are any blocks and to remove soft blocks. If there is a hard block, there
is likely either a physical hardware switch or an option in the BIOS to enable
the Bluetooth controller.
$ rfkill ID TYPE DEVICE SOFT HARD 0 wlan phy0 unblocked unblocked 1 bluetooth hci0 blocked unblocked # rfkill unblock bluetooth
bluez package and enable the
Then, add your user to the
bluetooth group and restart the
dbus service, or
simply reboot the system. Note that restarting the
dbus service may kill
processes making use of it.
Note: To use an audio device such as a wireless speaker or headset, ALSA users need to install the
bluez-alsapackage, while PulseAudio users do not need any additional software.
Manage Bluetooth connections and controllers using
provides a command line interface and also accepts commands on standard input.
Consult the Arch Wiki for an example of how to pair a device.
The main configuration file is