Fedora 25 Workstation Basics: Bluetooth File Transfers

Fedora 25 Workstation with Gnome 3 includes the gnome-bluetooth software package and supports Bluetooth pairing using the Bluetooth Gnome applet out-of-the box.

Once paired with a device, for example a tablet or smartphone, Fedora 25 Bluetooth support enables audio streaming from the Bluetooth device to Fedora's audio system.

A Kindle Fire HD 8 streaming audio to an Acer ES 11 running Fedora 25 Workstation via Blueooth.

However, additional steps are required to enable Bluetooth file transfers using the Obex service, which is by default disabled.

Note: In previous Fedora releases, users required the gnome-user-share package installed and the setting for receiving files enabled. For Fedora 25 Workstation, the gnome-user-share package is already included.

This article was tested on Fedora 25 Workstation on an Acer ES 11. Bluetooth file transfers were performed using a Moto G4 Plus and Kindle Fire HD 8.

Enabling the Obex service

1. In Terminal, start the obex service using systemctl.

systemctl --user start obex

2. Enable the Obex service for the system.

systemctl --global enable obex

3. You can verify the status of the Obex service using the ps command.

ps -aux | grep obexd

If needed, enable Bluetooth by clicking Settings > Bluetooth > On. Once you've paired a device and sent a file, the file is saved in the Downloads folder. 

Users who want additional settings for Bluetooth can also install the Blueberry software package, which includes a dedicated Settings tab for assigning a Bluetooth device name for your Linux machine and a configuration setting for receiving files from remote devices. As dependencies, Blueberry also includes the useful command line utility rfkill and the bluez-utils package.


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