February 14, 2009

Blueman – An Awesome Bluetooth manager for Ubuntu

Filed under: Ubuntu — Bigbrovar @ 3:13 pm
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Bluetooth support has always been shaky in gnome. The default bluetooth manager is often very basic and unintuitive. Things like connecting to an audio or input device and Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via dial-up were either impossible or  not easy and straight forward to set-up. Bluetooth support took a nose dive in Intrepid Ibex when even the basic bluetooth support  got broken, when i updated to Ubuntu 8.10. sending files from my laptop to my Nokia Internet Tablet become chore.  sometimes it worked, most times it doesn’t. “well shit happens you cant always have it all” that was my attitude to the whole bluetooth problem till i found out about Blueman.

Blueman is a GTK Bluetooth Manager that intergrate well with the gnome desktop environment. It is designed to provide simple, yet effective means for controlling BlueZ API and simplifying bluetooth tasks such as:

* Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via dial-up
* Connecting to/Creating bluetooth networks
* Connecting to input devices
* Connecting to audio devices
* Sending/Receiving/Browsing files via OBEX
* Pairing

Further more It integrates with Network Manager 0.7, so any Dialup/Network connections will be made available (via HAL) to Network Manager, now tell me that is not just sweet.

Installation is dead easy. just add the applicable PPA repository to your sources.list

Jaunty (ubuntu 9.04)
deb jaunty main

Intrepid (ubuntu 8.10)
deb intrepid main

hardy (ubuntu 8.04)
deb hardy main

Gutsy (ubuntu 7.10)
deb gutsy main

To add a 3rd party repository to your sources.list just go to /System/Administration/Software/Sources/ click on Third-Party Software tab, Click on add, then copy and paste the blueman sourcelist  for the version of Ubuntu your are running.
Once this is done Open synaptic (System/Administration/Synaptic) and click reload. to refresh and then search for and install blueman.

If like me you prefer the terminal

open Terminal and run

echo 'deb intrepid main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list ; sudo aptitude update ; sudo aptitude install blueman

note to replace intrepid with what ever version of ubuntu you are running ..
if updating complains about verification . you can download the OpenPGP key from here and follow this instructions on how to add a OpenPGP key to a PPA 3rd party repository.

Blueman will remove and replace the default bluetooth manager that came preinstalled with ubuntu. It would also remove some packages, upgrade some, but in the end what you’ll get after installation is something more slick,powerful, and well integrated to your desktop. You will find the admin console under /system/preference/bluetooth manager  and a small bluetooth icon in your notification area which comes up when a bluetooth device is connected to your system.

while being very easy to use. here are some



  1. Thanks for your guide. I was trying to get my eeePC running eeebuntu working with my phone as a modem so I can use Skype on the road. Blueman installed fine – except the install removed Skype!!

    Now to see if installing Skype uninstalls Blueman and I enter the loop of doom…

    Comment by Tom — February 20, 2009 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  2. @Tom that is weird i have both blueman and skype installed on my system.. happily living together .. maybe its has something to do with eeebuntu..

    Comment by Bigbrovar — February 20, 2009 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for the info – it works very well on my pc:-)

    Comment by BigS — February 25, 2009 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  4. BigS@ glad it did, also gald to be of help

    Comment by Bigbrovar — February 25, 2009 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  5. It finds the mouse, connects.. then gives me a disconnected message. Help!
    I am using a Logitech m-rcq142 mouse.

    Comment by Derek G — March 18, 2009 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  6. @ Derek G sorry for the late reply but i dont use a logitech bluetooth mouse dont know what the problem could be head to the blueman’s forum and post the problem there

    Comment by Bigbrovar — March 19, 2009 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  7. Does this fully support the new jaunty notification thingamabob?

    Comment by mynameistux — April 16, 2009 @ 4:36 am | Reply

  8. Thanks a lot for this post, I just installed blueman after they yanked kinputwizard post-upgrade. It works wonderfully!

    Comment by Ty — May 10, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  9. proper command for 9.04 is:
    echo ‘deb intrepid main’ | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list ; sudo aptitude update ; sudo aptitude install blueman

    Comment by MiSHAK — May 14, 2009 @ 10:10 am | Reply

    • yeah i noticed that the sudo were missing a while back .. just been too busy to edit it .. thanks

      Comment by Bigbrovar — May 14, 2009 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  10. Thanks for this post! You have really made my day. Blueman works excellent.

    Comment by Anthony — May 22, 2009 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

    • Glad to be of help John, The real thanks should go to the friendly blueman developers for giving us a fabulous application

      Comment by Bigbrovar — May 24, 2009 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  11. So glad I found this guide on blueman. My new jaunty install on my Dell Mini 9 was not finding my Logitech travel mouse until I installed Blueman. Now it works like a charm. Many thanks!

    Comment by John — May 24, 2009 @ 3:52 am | Reply

  12. I’m getting tired of firing up my btoes on 9.04 ;(

    Came up with blueman. It installs, removes bluez crap. I plug in dongle and get square icon on taskbar, which in general is the same bluez tool (though I even removed it with synaptics). Nothing opens except about, which says it’s bluez.

    My device shows timeout at scan, though it ignites taskbar icon (either bluez of blueman, which ever it is).

    Comment by Mantas — June 19, 2009 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  13. […] I thought it was a great addition to Ubuntu. To learn more about blueman and to add it to your Ubuntu, go to bigbrovar’s blog post. […]

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  14. i am trying to use my iphone via bluetooth to allow my hardy heron desktop to be able to connect to the internet. I think my problkem is that I don’t have a wireless adapter to setup an ad hoc connection. I wouldn’t mind using usb but I can’t find how to do it. Anyway, I am trying blueman but I am getting an error when trying to add the iphone as a NAP. Here’s the screenshot. can anyone help?

    any help would be appreciated

    Comment by daniel — July 2, 2009 @ 6:53 am | Reply

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  16. Awesome guys! Awesome! Just select it from

    Preferences > Bluetooth Manager

    And away you go. It just works!

    Comment by Peter Si — September 10, 2009 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  17. thank you very much, i’ve been searchin for a while how to serial connect my p910i to communicate trough at commands, and now i can do it, thank you a lot…

    Comment by victor — September 22, 2009 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  18. “Bluez daemon is not running, blueman-manager cannot continue.”

    Crap. Well now bluetooth works even less than it did before. Help? I’m running linux mint (based on ubuntu 9.10) HELP. email me at
    thanks for your help

    Comment by Kyle — December 21, 2009 @ 3:57 am | Reply

  19. #To Ubuntu9.04 and lower
    #To automatically add the OpenPGP key, do:

    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 951DC1E2

    Comment by anonyous — December 31, 2009 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  20. How Ubuntu’s broken bluetooth support came to be…

    A couple of years ago it happened, Linux land was getting a Bluetooth upgrade. However, everything was not well afterwards. CLI Bluetooth suicide by bluez: Bluetooth is dead! Long live Bluetooth!……

    Trackback by Benny's Blog — August 9, 2010 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  21. Blueman rocks! Before: painful setup, unrecognized devices, random connection drops. With blueman: smooth sailing! My preferred BT manager is blueman. Thanks so much!

    Comment by Peter — September 25, 2010 @ 12:17 am | Reply

  22. I have been read and following your site for 3 days and now I starting to like your post.I feel enjoy to read your article.

    Comment by Versicherung — November 5, 2010 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

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