Can someone assist with my error attempting to start bluetooth service:

Active: inactive (dead)
Condition: start condition failed at Mon 2018-03-05 21:54:02 MST; 4min 32s ago
           ConditionPathIsDirectory=/sys/class/bluetooth was not met
  • FWIW, askubuntu.com/questions/791785/… seemed to work. But I would love to know why this suddenly was a problem and how to unpack it. Was it related to a recent upgrade, or starting to use virtualbox?
    – fratrik
    Jul 6, 2018 at 21:14

2 Answers 2


try to run below command,

apt-get install rfkill

rfkill list

rfkill unblock bluetooth

service bluetooth start
  • Why would you need to install rfkill as it is installed by default at least in non-server versions of Ubuntu?
    – Jeremy31
    Mar 6, 2018 at 22:54

It appears that bluetooth has been soft-killed by some application. Try lifting the block by

rfkill unblock tpacpi_bluetooth_sw

and start the bluetooth service by

systemctl start bluetooth.service

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