mwylde / scala-bluetooth

Linux bluetooth and BLE bindings for scala



This project contains experimental Scala binding to bluez (Linux's bluetooth stack) over DBus (a popular Linux IPC system), with support for Bluetooth low energy (BLE). Use this library if you've ever wanted to control your BLE smart lights, get battery status from your headphones, or connect to your smart toaster from Scala.

Bluetooth is complicated and DBus is extremely complicated. This library aims to hide most of the complication of dealing with DBus, but does not abstract much over the underlying Bluetooth concepts.

Enough talk. You just want to make a sweet light display:

object DanceParty {
 def main(args: Array[String]) {
   val manager = new BluetoothManager
   val adapter = manager.defaultAdapter.get
   if (!adapter.powered) {
     Await.result(adapter.powered = true, 10 seconds)

   val lights = manager.devices.filter("LEDBlue"))
   lights.foreach(_.connect(stayConnected = true))

   Range(0, 100).foreach((i) => {
     val color = (Random.nextInt(255), Random.nextInt(255), Random.nextInt(255))
     val message = List(0x56, color._1, color._2, color._3, 0x00, 0xf0, 0xaa)
     lights.toParArray.foreach(light => {
         .foreach((char) => char.writeValue(


See here for more examples.


Releases are hosted on maven central. To add to your build:

libraryDependencies += "com.micahw" %% "scala-bluetooth" % "0.0.1"

Unfortunately, support for BLE over DBus is still experimental in bluez, so you will need to run the daemon in experimental mode:

$ sudo bluetoothd -e

You will also need to install dbus-java. For Ubuntu, this looks like:

$ sudo apt-get install libdbus-java

And make sure that the dbus jar is on the classpath (for Ubuntu, this looks like java -cp /usr/share/java/dbus-2.8.jar/dbus-2.8.jar). The dbus java also relies on the native, so make sure that your JVM knows where to find that. The easiest way to do this system wide is to link it into to /usr/lib. In Ubuntu, it's placed by default in /usr/lib/jni, so this can be done with

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jni/ /usr/lib/