PipeWire Original Repo

MIT License

PipeWire & WirePlumber & blueman-git PPA for Ubuntu (>= 18.04)

An upstream version of blueman-git & PipeWire for Ubuntu maintained with a 15 day release cycle

Link Description
Original-PipeWire-Upstream Forked
PipeWire-debian-Upstream Forked
Original-blueman-Upstream Forked
blueman-debian-Upstream Forked
libfdk-aac[12] Dependencies
libopenaptx0 Dependencies
libldacbt-abr2 Dependencies
libldacbt-enc2 Dependencies

Launchpad PPA

  The master branch ( DEPRECATED ) Can be viewed as a mirror of Launchpad PPA. I will keep sync this with the LP PPA. As this is deprecated use Launchpad PPA section in case of adding PPA alternatively.

  The development branch is important as I will be using that branch to push new patches related to building PipeWire, blueman-git and their dependencies. CURRENTLY ONLY AMD64 BUILD IS SUPPORTED

1. PPA Configuration

Add the Launchpad PPA…

Where add-apt-repository is available, Run only 2 commands below. (Skip the below subsection)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipewire-debian/pipewire-upstream

# For WirePlumber 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipewire-debian/wireplumber-upstream

sudo apt-get update

To Manually add The Launchpad PPA, Where add-apt-repository is not available, Or, In case of any special case
</br>Consider this is an example, Do the same for WirePlumber key may or may not be changed here

# This PPA can be added to your system manually by running below commands, It creates
# a file under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ containing  list of mirrors
# To do this, First Download the gpg key from keyservers directly into the trusted set of keys,      
# Run only two commands below.

gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 25088A0359807596
gpg -a --export 25088A0359807596 | sudo apt-key add -

# Or, 

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 25088A0359807596

# And then run below command to add the mirror list to your system.

echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pipewire-debian/pipewire-upstream/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pipewire-upstream.list

# For Non ubuntu Debian based Users, Edit `/etc/apt/sources.list.d/pipewire-upstream.list` and change your `distro_code_name` equivalent to any one of ubuntu 
# `distro_code_name`. (For example, MX Linux 19.4 based on Debian buster, And equivalent to `ubuntu 18.04`, so replace `buster` with `bionic` in the mentioned file.)

# The following command is usually not needed unless you want to install debug packages or create deb package from source.

echo "deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pipewire-debian/pipewire-upstream/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pipewire-upstream.list

2. Install PipeWire, WirePlumber Or blueman-git

After PPA Configuration, follow the installation instructions below. And Consult with the Troubleshooting page if there is any error occured.

For MX Linux or Debian buster see this for which packages are to be insalled or upgraded before installing.

# Install dependencies

sudo apt install libfdk-aac2 libldacbt-{abr,enc}2 libopenaptx0

# If `libfdk-aac2` not found install `libfdk-aac1`
# Install pipewire and additional packages

sudo apt install gstreamer1.0-pipewire libpipewire-0.3-{0,dev,modules} libspa-0.2-{bluetooth,dev,jack,modules} pipewire{,-{audio-client-libraries,pulse,media-session,bin,locales,tests}}

# Additionally, if you want to install `pipewire-doc`

sudo apt install pipewire-doc     

# For WirePlumber 

sudo apt-get install wireplumber{,-doc} gir1.2-wp-0.4 libwireplumber-0.4-{0,dev}

~~~~~~~~~~~ For blueman-git ~~~~~~~~~~~

# Before installing blueman-git, remove and purge any official version of blueman.        

sudo apt-get remove --purge blueman && sudo rm -f /var/lib/blueman/network.state

# Then, to install issue below command.

sudo apt-get install blueman-git         

3. Post Installation Steps for PipeWire, WirePlumber or blueman-git

A) Disabling PulseAudio

You don’t need to uninstall PulseAudio to enable PipeWire, disable and mask PulseAudio related services to stop them

systemctl --user --now disable  pulseaudio.{socket,service}
systemctl --user mask pulseaudio        

Additional steps (If prev. subsection failed to stop PA)

# You need to tell Pulseaudio not to respawn itself by issuing command:     

sed -i 's/.*autospawn.*/autospawn = no/g' ~/.config/pulse/client.conf        

# If `~/.config/pulse/client.conf` not found then issue,       

sudo sed -i 's/.*autospawn.*/autospawn = no/g' /etc/pulse/client.conf        

# Additonally if `/etc/pulse/client.conf.d/0{0,1}-enable-autospawn.conf` exist, do      

sudo sed -i 's/.*autospawn.*/autospawn = no/g' /etc/pulse/client.conf.d/00-enable-autospawn.conf       

# Or,

sudo sed -i 's/.*autospawn.*/autospawn = no/g' /etc/pulse/client.conf.d/01-enable-autospawn.conf       

# Also If `/etc/xdg/autostart/pulseaudio.desktop` exist, Rename to something like below. 

sudo mv -v /etc/xdg/autostart/pulseaudio.desktop{,.bak}

# And finally issue        

pulseaudio --kill        

Additional steps for init systems

# PulseAudio (>= 13.04-4) also have autospawn defined at /etc/init.d/pulseaudio-enable-autospawn
# Just disable the init script, and reenable it again if anyhow PA needed in future

sudo update-rc.d pulseaudio-enable-autospawn disable

# If PA still running, Once again kill PA

pulseaudio --kill

For Mx Linux Or init system (Anyone using systemd ignore this subsection).

# Mx Linux uses init system by default, 

# Some users feel anoying to start `pipewire` services becasue of PW doesn't shift any scripts for non systemd,
# So Now how to start All `pipewire` services in init system?

# There is a solution on internet see this : Slackware Solution the idea is same for Mx Linux also

# For the above solution you have to install daemon program or do the below modifcation on those `.desktop` files.

substitue this `Exec=/usr/bin/pipewire` line with above `pipewire.desktop` file where you find lines starting with `Exec`. 
substitue this `Exec=/usr/bin/pipewire-pulse` line with above `pipewire-pulse.desktop` file where you find lines starting with `Exec`. 
substitue this `Exec=/usr/bin/pipewire-media-session` line with above `pipewire-media-session.desktop` file where you find lines starting with `Exec`. 

  Since version 0.3.28 conf files are moved to /usr/share/ directory from /etc/. You have to copy them to /etc/ directory manually. From Now /etc/pipewire/ can be used as system wide drop in for User edited conf files. conffile overridden behaviour is $HOME/.config/pipewire > /etc/pipewire > /usr/share/pipewire

To copy conffiles from /usr/share/ to /etc/, issue below command. (Optional)

sudo cp -vRa /usr/share/pipewire /etc/

Finally, Enable and start PipeWire related services (init system users, Ignore this)

systemctl --user --now enable pipewire{,-pulse}.{socket,service}                 

For WirePlumber

systemctl --user --now enable wireplumber.service

For pipewire-media-session

systemctl --user enable --now pipewire-media-session.service

You can check which server is in use by running (as a regular user):

pactl info | grep '^Server Name'

Still doesn’t your system have any sound ? , please reboot ( I highly discourage of any reboot, Go through all instructions again if needed).

C) ~~~~~~~~~~~ For blueman-git ~~~~~~~~~~~

Incase of blueman, just enable below service. (init system users, Ignore this)

sudo systemctl enable --now blueman-mechanism.service


If PipeWire was installed by default on your system, There are no way to completely remove it, because other packages may have dependency on PipeWire, You only can downgrade PipeWire to the system default version in that case, for more consult with Troubleshooting page.

Normally, Uninstall pipewire is pretty straight forward like the Installation phase, So follow the installation Section, you just need to reverse the whole thing in that section. For more search on the internet, how to remove a package?.

Wiki & Articles

Wiki -

Articles -


See in wiki page - Troubleshooting


If you have any issue regarding this PPA package, create a issue here.

For features, requests or bugs, create an issue on upstream For PW And for blueman on here


Original PipeWire project maintainer: Wim Taymans - Source

Original maintainers (usually from Debian): Utopia Maintenance Team - Jeremy Bicha - Source

Original blueman project maintainer: Christopher Schramm - Source