Enable MIDI support

Bug #1713017 reported by wvengen on 2017-08-25
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
bluez (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Now that bluez has landed with 5.46-0ubuntu2, it would be nice to enable Bluetooth MIDI support. This did not seem to be enabled by default in the build from https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bluez/5.46-0ubuntu2 (it found BLE MIDI devices, gatttool could talk to them, but no MIDI device was made; also ldd showed no linkage to libasound.so.2).

After recompiling it with libasound2-dev installed and --enable-midi in debian/rules, it worked.

Suggestion: add libasound2-dev to bluez dependencies, add --enable-midi to rules.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Very interesting suggestion. Yes I think we should do this. Since it's a feature rather than a bug though, we would either need to request an exception to get it into 17.10, or wait till 18.04.

Changed in bluez (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
wvengen (wvengen) wrote :

Thanks, I agree that 18.04 would be good.

wvengen (wvengen) wrote :

For those seeking a workaround, see instructions here: https://gist.github.com/wvengen/7ebd29da38c08540832fb228c4628171#bluez-546

Andrew M (primary-edw) wrote :

Any chance this could be added? I know the last message is from 2017, but there commercial products such as the Yamaha MD-BT01 Bluetooth Wireless MIDI Adaptor that rely on this being enabled.

korakios (korakios667) wrote :

I tried the latest version (5.50) from


without success. Is bluetooth midi completely disabled on Ubuntu?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The option is off by default in the upstream build see

Since the option is flagged experimental by upstream it doesn't seem like something we want to enable in Ubuntu yet

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