[Deprecated] [TESTING] Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP)

will work out how to do the logs - I’ve tried the sudo apt-get install -f a2dp-app-osmc
and get “E: Unable to locate package a2dp-app-osmc”. So might be doing something stupid here?

logs (probably overkill) at http://paste.osmc.io/juxobotuca (I’ll have a go at seeing if I can isolate things a bit more)


Have you installed the latest Krypton Build see this is a prerequsite for using BTPlayer

I’ve tried the two lines:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

they seem to do stuff - but when I am in Kodi it still says Kodi 16.1.

Still can not pair bluetooth.

I’ve been dumb and haven’t done the wget steps above. will try

You need to follow the first post here to install Krypton [TESTING] Kodi 17 (Krypton) Beta Builds for all platforms before installing a2dp-app-osmc

Then do sudo apt-get install -f a2dp-app-osmc

The wget instructions will install an old package of

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Thanks to Sam and gezb I now have bluetooth working with my headphones.

For anyone else with a RPi3 who purchases the OSMC dongle here are the steps in one place (probably a good idea to back up your RPi build before doing this):

I. In terminal enter:

sudo -s
echo “deb http://apt.osmc.tv krypton main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get -y dist-upgrade && reboot

Result: Changed to OSMC skin, Kodi now 17.0-RC1

II. Downloaded confluence skin - everything now looks like it did before(My-OSMC no longer shows in System sub menu - but can access through Programs).

Cannot pair to bluetooth devices yet

III. Checked config.txt (onboard BT disabled). The lines I had added were:


(the last line disables wifi - omit if you don’t want to - but I think some posts suggest it may interfere with bluetooth)

IV. In terminal enter:
sudo -s
sudo apt-get install -f a2dp-app-osmc

(perhaps reboot here)

V. Go into addons -> Services and enable BTPlayer

VI. Now able to pair headphones from Network menu in My-OSMC!!! - Success

VII. In Kodi go into System ->Settings ->System -.Audio

change Audio Output to: ALSA: OSMC streaming to bluetooth…

I also changed Output Configuration to: Best Match (think this aligned sound and video better)

All the Best


This isn’t working for me, nzpm. I followed step by step and when I searched for devices, it doesn’t find either the speaker or headphones that I have. I have the official OSMC bt adapter. Where are you seeing BTPlayer? Is that referring to the PulseAudio service because that is showing ‘running’. Also, is there any way to only disable the bluetooth and not wifi? That’s how I’m connected to my network.

(this is my first post, so if I need to post in a new thread, let me know). Thanks

Looking @nzpm’s instructions full instructions the only piece he has missed is installing the a2dp-app-osmc package

sudo apt-get install -f a2dp-app-osmc

This package installs the packages and configuration that enable the A2DP protocol and the BTPlayer service that triggers the new KODI player when audio is streamed via A2DP from a compatible device

Currently our work has focused on streaming to OSMC not from OSMC to headphones/speakers although I know @sam_nazarko has some changes to improve this coming

as per gezb’s reply I’ve updated the list of steps



Cheers – just to clarify, BT audio streaming will work on Kodi v16, but for the benefits of playback status and information when streaming from a device to OSMC, you will need to be running a Kodi v17 (Krypton) build or later.

Thanks for the replies guys. With the pi3 bt disabled, should I still be going to the Network, Bluetooth, Enable/Discovery when using the USB bluetooth dongle? Because that’s where I’m at and it’s not finding anything.

Again, thanks @nzpm for that write up. I’m so close…

yep steps four to six is what you should need (and enable pairing on the device you want to connect to)

I have no audio output anymore on my USB sound card after I applied the following Updates:

  • October
  • November
  • December

Audio output mode: (ALSA Streaming)

After uninstalling the BT package, sound is working fine.

Audio output mode: USB analog

I haven’t updated the system a while ago (I’m running the September update and BT streaming and it is working fine.
A few days ago I decided to update my system to the latest version.
After the update finished, there is no audio output on my USB sound card while BT streaming is installed.

I think the output device behind ALSA BT streaming is the wrong one. Could that be checked / changed?
Even reinstall of BT streaming did not help.


It’s finding nothing.

So I did some testing. I disabled the BTPlayer and removed the usb dongle. Bluetooth is removed from my Network list. I Enabled BTPlayer again and still Bluetooth is not in the list. I insert the dongle and Bluetooth shows back up under Network. The dongle is red when it’s first on and will blink when I tell it to search. It’s just not finding any devices. I’m not seeing it from my phone either. Any thoughts?

not from me - sorry

Thank you!! Finally I can connect and play audio to bt speaker.

Did you disable BT on-board adapter (if using Pi3)?
Can you try in a PC to discover devices?

What devices are you trying to pair?

Does an older version of OSMC (from osmc.tv/download) bring back functionality?
Which USB sound card are you using?

thank you for your reply @sam_nazarko! I’m using a Behringer 222 USB sound card. But I don’t think it is related to the card.

If I uninstall Bluetooth streaming with the latest update still applied, it brings back the functionality.
Is there a config file that I can check? Could it be related to the pulseaudio config!?