[BlueZ] 壹、Download install and use the BlueZ and hcitool on PI 叁B+

星期日, 02. 九月 2018 11:58下午 – beautifulzzzz

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1. Introduction

Bluez is the default Bluetooth protocol stack on Linux. It should be
present and installed on your Linux distribution. If not, building and
installing from source is not too difficult:

  • Download the latest stable source release of Bluez from here. Unzip
    the compressed file you downloaded.
  • Install the headers and libraries required for Bluez compilation:

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2. Download And Install

I follow the blog (Installing Bluez 5.44 onto
to install bluez-5.50.

Download the most recent version from the official

For example, at the time of writing it was 5.50, so I used(on my pi):

wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/bluetooth/bluez-5.50.tar.xz

Then I extracted it and built it:

tar -xf bluez-5.50.tar.xz
cd bluez-5.50

Read the README! It lists the dependencies and the configure

Install the dependencies first: (glib, dbus, libdbus, udev, etc.)

sudo apt install libdbus-1-dev libudev-dev libical-dev libreadline-dev

note: If you do not install the libdbus-1-dev, you will later get
this strange error:

configure: error: D-Bus >= 1.6 is required

once you’ve installed dependencies, you can configure switches:

./configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var  --enable-experimental

then do:

sudo make install

It takes maybe 10 minutes to compile. After installing, you should find
bluetoothd in /usr/libexec/bluetooth. You should also see bluetoothd
in /usr/lib/bluetooth.

Go to each of these directories and type

./bluetoothd --version

You’ll note that the one in libexec is new and the one in lib is old.

In order to make sure that d-bus is talking to you new BlueZ 5.50
and not your old BlueZ 5.43, you need to tell systemd to use the new
bluetooth daemon:

sudo vim /lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service

Make sure the exec.start line points to your new daemon in

For me, that wasn’t enough. No matter what, upon restart I always got
bluetoothd 5.43… So I just created a symlink from the old one to the

First rename the old file:

sudo mv /usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd /usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd-543.orig

Create the symlink:

sudo ln -s /usr/libexec/bluetooth/bluetoothd /usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd
sudo systemctl daemon-reload

That should do it.

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3. How to use the bluez and hcitool

3.1 setup bluetooth service

Start the bluetooth service and enable automatic startup, assuming
you’re using systemd as the init daemon:

sudo systemctl start bluetooth.service
sudo systemctl enable bluetooth.service

3.2 hcitool scan for bluetooth devices

Before start scanning make sure that your bluetooth device is turned on
and not blocked, you can check that with the rfkill command:

sudo rfkill list

If the bluetooth device is blocked (soft or hard blocked), unblock it
with the rfkill command again:

sudo rfkill unblock bluetooth

Bring up the bluetooth device with hciconfig command and start scanning,
make sure the target device’s bluetooth is on and It’s discoverable:

sudo hciconfig hci0 up
hcitool scan

Wait few moment to complete the hcitool scan or hcitool lescan, the
results will be something like bellow:

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Here 00:1A:7D:DA:71:0A is the bluetooth MAC address and SHEN-PC is the
name of the bluetooth device, i.e. an PC.

note: use hcitool lescan will forever scan ble devices, if use
ctrl+c stop it, it will show error(ref to LINKS

to solve):

hcitool lescan
Set scan parameters failed: Input/output error

3.3 bluetooth service discovery

Now we have the bluetooth MAC address of the target device, use the
sdptool command to know which services (like DUN, Handsfree audio) are
available on that target device.

sdptool browse 28:ED:6A:A0:26:B7

You can also use the interactive bluetoothctl tool for this purpose.

If the target device is present, you can ping it with l2ping command,
requires root privilege:

➜  bluez-5.50  sudo l2ping 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F
Ping: 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F from B8:27:EB:8E:CC:51 (data size 44) ...
44 bytes from 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F id 0 time 53.94ms
44 bytes from 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F id 1 time 77.12ms
44 bytes from 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F id 2 time 38.63ms
44 bytes from 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F id 3 time 46.13ms
44 bytes from 94:87:E0:B3:AC:6F id 4 time 59.96ms
5 sent, 5 received, 0% loss

So, bluetooth service discovery is useful to determine the type of the
device, like if it’s a bluetooth mp3 player or it’s a keyboard.

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