In the past I always avoided
pulseaudio in favor of
apulse to use with Firefox).
Today I decided to try
pipewire with my Debian 12 to take advantage of my bluetooth hardware.
pipewire as media server
*a media server means it will handle audio for any app that need audio.
sudo apt install pipewire pipewire-alsa pipewire-audio pipewire-pulse libspa-0.2-bluetooth wireplumber
enable media session service
systemctl --user --now enable wireplumber.service
pipewire-pulse: to replace
pipewire-audio: I find that it is essential for
wireplumber: recommended by pipewire’s developers as session manager.
blueman: bluetooth manager GUI.
pavucontrol: to select audio outputs.
I think if you just install these packages everything should just work (I use
blueman for bluetooth management).
For me, I encountered this problem:
I got reminded by Arch wiki to install
pipewire-audio and the problem had gone. (because “PipeWire handles Bluetooth audio devices if the
pipewire-audio package is installed”).
You should check with
systemctl --user status pipewire-pulse.service and
systemctl --user status pipewire.service first to see if these services are running, if not:
sudo apt reinstall pipewire pipewire-pulse systemctl --user --now enable pipewire pipewire-pulse
As recommended here: https://www.reddit.com/r/pop_os/comments/100zf76/comment/j2oswyk/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
Until now, installing bluetooth with
pipewire has been a very pleasant process. Everything just works.