Is there any way to have pulseaudio 6.0 or above working on raspbian system? The thing is that last jessie version comes with pulseaudio 5.0 and this version does not support HSP/HFP bluetooth profiles, so i need a stable version of pulseaudio 6.0 or above to have my bluetooth headset working both speaker and microphone.


  • May I ask what version is your Raspberry pi? I tried the install from the backports repository and it gives me illegal instruction error, crashed at libpulsecommon.so library. I am using raspberry pi version 1 model B Commented May 17, 2017 at 21:37
  • Yes it is and I’ve used it in a few rpi projects. Take a look here near the bottom of the script it compiles pa6 and sets a few services. But if you just want pa6 it should be apparent what is needed from the script. github.com/BaReinhard/… Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 6:13

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I got pulseaudio 7 running on my raspberry jessie. I used this post, in DEBIAN, if it can be useful (but remember: IN DEBIAN). Debian 8 Jessie.

I've found a way to use pc like an headset with Android phone (for making callings). !!! I've use pulseaudio from jessie-backports: I don't know how much this takes risks ;-) !!!

In /etc/apt/sources.list add:

deb http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main contrib non-free


$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pulseaudio=7.1-2~bpo8+1 pulseaudio-utils=7.1-2~bpo8+1 \
    pulseaudio-module-x11=7.1-2~bpo8+1 pulseaudio-module-bluetooth=7.1-2~bpo8+1 \
    libpulse-mainloop-glib0=7.1-2~bpo8+1 libpulsedsp=7.1-2~bpo8+1 libpulse0=7.1-2~bpo8+1 \

Create a file (with same ownership of /var/lib/gdm3) (create directories if necessary)

autospawn = no
daemon-binary = /bin/true

Install "ofono"in /etc/pulse/default.pa modify the line:

load-module module-bluetooth-discover


load-module module-bluetooth-discover headset=auto

Restart pulseaudio:

killall -9 pulseaudio

It is not necessary to "pulseaudio --start" because from pulseaudio 6 it will restart automatically.

About parameters of "load-module module-bluetooth-discover":

headset=native -> only a2dp
headset=ofono -> only headset
headset=auto -> a2dp and headset !!!

Check this command:

pactl list cards

I couldnt try the HSP profile but i will next week i guess. i think hfp works but for my purpose its useless because you cant connect a Headset to the Pi.

  • The question is how to send/receive audio from headset-like device to RPI as a host
    – ciekawy
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 20:51
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    if you get unable to locate package libpulse0, there is a suggestion to do: apt-get -t jessie-backports install pulseaudio Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 6:39

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