Is there a graphical tool or maybe a command-line one that lists all the messages and parameters/arguments that I can send to a DBUS-enabled program?? I really want to try scripting some DBUS things but I can hardly find any documentation for the DBUS capabilities of most applications.


Have you tried d-feet

sudo apt-get install d-feet



Another useful D-Bus debugging and profiling tool is Bustle.

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    From the link, it looks like this cannot list potential commands, as per the question.
    – Sparhawk
    Aug 2 '14 at 12:16

For Kubuntu users, KDE ships with qdbusviewer-qt4, which can list all available commands to all dbus clients.


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    for the newest distributions of kubuntu, use qdbusviewer which is from the qdbus-qt5 package (to access qdbus-qt5) and for the qdbusviewer itself you need qttools5-dev-tools. You can still get the old one in qt4-dev-tools if you must have qt4 compatibility. Dec 6 '14 at 12:06

I've been using dbus-monitor, which is really useful. It provides a --profile mode, which provides a quick summary of all the signals bouncing around.

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    I don't think this can list potential commands, as per the question.
    – Sparhawk
    Aug 2 '14 at 12:17

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