How do you pair bluetooth headphones without using the GUI? I don't know how to.

I found different method on the internet but nothing works.

I can actually see my headphones with the command : hcitool scan

then i try to connect with : hcitool cc 00:00:00:00:00:00 and hcitool auth 00:00:00:00:00:00

I haven't received an error message but my headphones are not working.

thanks for your time.


You can use bluez-tools.

Install it by running sudo apt-get install bluez-tools.

Find the MAC address of your device with bt-device -l and connect to it with bt-audio -c 00:00:00:00:00:00.

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    bt-audio is not installed but bluez-tools is installng. – Dysnod Oct 6 '16 at 13:16
  • bt-audio should come together with bluez-tools. – Tony Lancer Oct 6 '16 at 14:25
  • What happens when you run bt-audio -c 00:00:00:00:00:00? – Tony Lancer Oct 6 '16 at 14:29
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    The BT-audio program is not yet installed. You can install it by typing sudo apt-get install bluez-tools. I tried to remove and install bluez-tools but the problem is still there. – Dysnod Oct 6 '16 at 14:40
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    There's an open issue for bt-audio missing from bluez-tools github.com/khvzak/bluez-tools/issues/13. – Jaakko Mar 22 '17 at 15:59

I'm on ubuntu 19.04 and executing the following worked for me:
sudo bluetoothctl <<<"connect $DEVICE_MAC_ADDRESS"
where $DEVICE_MAC_ADDRESS is the mac address of the bluetooth device.

To find my device's mac address I used bt-device -l

Both bluetoothctl and bt-device commands were already pre-installed on my system.

Hope this can help someone! ;)

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