HowTo: Setup and use Bluetooth devices (e.g. Apple Magic Mouse) on Linux1

a) Install bluez and bluez-firmware packages.

b) Start bluetooth systemd service:

systemctl start bluetooth

c) Enable bluetooth service at boot time:

systemctl enable bluetooth

d) Configure bluetooth device via command line:


e) Setup bluetooth device with bluetoothctl:

power on # power on bluetooth controller
devices  # view MAC addresses of device with which to pair
scan on  # enable device discovery mode
agent on # enable agent
pair    <MAC address> # pair with given device
trust   <MAC address> # manually trust device without PIN
connect <MAC address> # establish connection

f) Create udev rule in /etc/udev/rules.d/10-local.rules to keep device active after reboot:

# Set bluetooth power up
ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="hci0", RUN+="/usr/bin/hciconfig hci0 up"

g) Enable automatic switch on for device after suspend/resume-cycle by creating systemd service in /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]:

Description=Bluetooth auto power on
After=bluetooth.service sys-subsystem-bluetooth-devices-%i.device

ExecStart=/usr/bin/hciconfig %i up