OSMC RPi 3B: Bluetooth receiver


how can I transform my RPi 3B with OSMC (latest release) in a bluetooth receiver?


There’s a new BT audio package in testing atm. I can explain later or someone who’s using it already can tell you how to install.

Good! I will wait

Hey guys,

any update about to use the RPI as a bluetooth receiver?

It would be very useful to add this functionality in OSMC with the release update.


Sorry, forgot.

Download this deb https://collab.osmc.tv/s/hxG3JX4m3rY2XiM

sudo dpkg -i armv7-bluez-alsa-osmc.deb

It will tell you you need three other packages, so install those with apt-get.

If you don’t have a BT speaker or headphones, no need to edit .asoundrc.

Reboot then just pair your BT source (eg mobile phone) with the RPi, connect and start playing music. You may find bluetoothctl more robust at getting connected than the MyOSMC method.

Could you describe me what I have to do step by step? I’m a beginner.

In the future release update this package will be available as default in OSMC?

Many thanks

It should be, but there’s no date for that, yet. The package is very experimental but several people are testing it.

Step by step, you first need to get access to the commandline https://osmc.tv/wiki/general/accessing-the-command-line/

Then issue the following commands

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wget libbluetooth3 libsbc1 libfdk-aac1
wget https://collab.osmc.tv/s/hxG3JX4m3rY2XiM/download -O armv7-bluez-alsa-osmc.deb
sudo dpkg -i armv7-bluez-alsa-osmc.deb

Ignore the message about .asoundrc.

Now pair your source (eg smart phone) with the Pi https://osmc.tv/wiki/general/connecting-a-bluetooth-device/

You should now be able to play something on the phone and hear it on the Pi.