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The Fuchsia Bluetooth system aims to provide a dual-mode implementation of the Bluetooth Host Subsystem (5.0+) supporting a framework for developing Low Energy and Traditional profiles.

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For more orientation, see

For a note on used (and avoided) vocabulary, see

Getting Started

API Examples

Examples using Fuchsia's Bluetooth Low Energy APIs can be found here.

Privileged System API

Dual-mode (LE + Classic) GAP operations that are typically exposed to privileged clients are performed using the fuchsia.bluetooth.sys library. This API is intended for managing local adapters, device discovery & discoverability, pairing/bonding, and other settings.

bt-cli is a command-line front-end for privileged access operations:

$ bt-cli
bt> list-adapters
    Identifier:     e5878e9f642d8908
    Address:        34:13:E8:86:8C:19
    Technology:     DualMode
    Local Name:     siren-relic-wad-pout
    Discoverable:   false
    Discovering:    false
    Local UUIDs:    None

NOTE: fuchsia.bluetooth.sys replaces the deprecated fuchsia.bluetooth.control API, which contiues to be supported. The bt-cli tool currently uses the deprecated API.


See the bluetooth/tools package for more information on available command line tools for testing/debugging.

Running Tests

Your build configuration may or may not include Bluetooth tests. Ensure Bluetooth tests are built and installed when paving or OTA'ing with fx set:

$ fx set workstation.x64 --with-base="//bundles:tools,//src/connectivity/bluetooth"


Bluetooth test packages are listed in bluetooth/tests and each contains at least one test binary. Refer to package definitions for each package's binaries.

Each test binary is a component whose runtime environment is defined by its .cmx component manifest

For example, bt-host-unittests is a Google Test binary that contains all the C++ bt-host subsystem unit tests and is a part of the bluetooth-tests package.

Running on a Fuchsia device
  • Run all the bt-host unit tests from the target shell:

    $ run-test-component bt-host-unittests
  • Or use the --gtest_filter flag to run a subset of the tests:

    # This only runs the L2CAP unit tests.
    $ run-test-component bt-host-unittests --gtest_filter=L2CAP_\*
  • And use the --verbose flag to set log verbosity:

    # This logs all messages logged using FXL_VLOG up to level 2 (equivalent to ::bt::common::LogSeverity:SPEW)
    $ run-test-component bt-host-unittests --verbose=2
  • After making library or test changes, you can push the test package and run it from your development shell:

    $ fx test bt-host-unittests -- --gtest_filter="L2CAP_*"

Note the extra -- used to separate arguments passed to the test binary.

Running on QEMU

If you don't have physical hardware available, you can run the tests in QEMU using the same commands as above. A couple of tips will help run the tests a little more quickly.

  • Run the VM with hardware virtualization support: fx emu

  • Disable unnecessary logging for the tests:

    $ run-test-component bt-host-unittests --quiet=10

With these two tips, the full bt-host-unittests suite runs in ~2 seconds.

Integration Tests

See the Integration Test README

Controlling Log Verbosity


The most reliable way to enable higher log verbosity is with kernel command line parameters. These can be configured through the fx set command:

fx set workstation.x64 --args="kernel_cmdline_files=[\"//local/kernel_cmdline.txt\"]"

Add the commands to $FUCHSIA_DIR/local/kernel_cmdline.txt, e.g. to enable full logging for the USB transport, Intel HCI, and host drivers:

$ cat $FUCHSIA_DIR/local/kernel_cmdline.txt

(HCI drivers other than Intel can also be set. Other hci drivers include bt_hci_atheros, bt_hci_passthrough, and bt_hci_emulator)

Using fx set writes these values into the image, so they will survive a restart.

For more detail on driver logging, see Zircon driver logging


The Bluetooth system service is invoked by sysmgr to resolve service requests. The mapping between environment service names and their handlers is defined in //src/sys/sysmgr/config/services.config. Add the --verbose option to the Bluetooth entries to increase verbosity, for example:

  "fuchsia.bluetooth.bredr.Profile":  "fuchsia-pkg://",
  "fuchsia.bluetooth.control.Control": "fuchsia-pkg://",
  "fuchsia.bluetooth.gatt.Server":  "fuchsia-pkg://",
  "fuchsia.bluetooth.le.Central":  "fuchsia-pkg://",
  "fuchsia.bluetooth.le.Peripheral":  "fuchsia-pkg://",
  "fuchsia.bluetooth.snoop.Snoop":  "fuchsia-pkg://",

Inspecting Component State

The Bluetooth system supports inspection through the Inspect API. bt-gap, bt-host, bt-a2dp-sink, and bt-snoop all expose information though Inspect.


  • bt-gap/bt-host: fx iquery bt-gap exposes information on host devices managed by bt-gap, pairing capabilities, stored bonds, and actively connected peers.
  • bt-a2dp-sink: fx iquery bt-a2dp-sink exposes information on audio streaming capabilities and active streams
  • bt-snoop: fx iquery bt-snoop exposes information about which hci devices are being logged and how much data is stored.
  • All Bluetooth components: fx iquery bt-*

See the iquery documentation for complete instructions on using iquery.

Respectful Code

Inclusivity is central to Fuchsia's culture, and our values include treating each other with dignity. As such, it’s important that everyone can contribute without facing the harmful effects of bias and discrimination.

The Bluetooth standard makes use of the terms “master” and “slave” to define link layer connection roles in many of the protocol specifications. Here are a few rules of thumb when referring to these roles in code and comments:

  1. Do not propagate these terms beyond the layer of code directly involved with link layer roles. Use the suggested alternative terminology at FIDL API boundaries. See Bluetooth Vocabulary Guide.

  2. Whenever possible, prefer different terms that more specifically describe function. For example, the SMP specification defines “initiator” and “responder” roles that correspond to the aforementioned roles without loss of clarity.

  3. If an explicit reference to the link layer role is necessary, then try to avoid the term “slave” where possible. For example this formulation avoids the term without losing clarity:

   if (link->role() != hci::Connection::Role::kMaster) {

See the Fuchsia project guide on best practices for more information.