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Álvaro Ramírez

Álvaro Ramírez

06 May 2020 Emacs: connect my Bluetooth speaker

Connecting and disconnecting bluetooth devices on macOS is fairly simple: use the menu bar utility.


But could we make it quicker from our beloved editor?

Turns out with a little elisp glue, we can fuzzy search our Bluetooth devices and toggle connections. We can use Oleh Krehel's ivy-read for fuzzy searching and Felix Lapalme's nifty BluetoothConnector to list devices and toggle Bluetooth connections.

As a bonus, we can make it remember the last selected device, so you can quickly toggle it again.

(defun ar/ivy-bluetooth-connect ()
  "Connect to paired bluetooth device."
  (assert (string-equal system-type "darwin")
          nil "macOS only. Sorry :/")
  (assert (executable-find "BluetoothConnector")
          nil "Install BluetoothConnector from")
  (ivy-read "(Dis)connect: "
             (lambda (item)
               (let* ((device (split-string item " - "))
                      (mac (nth 0 device))
                      (name (nth 1 device)))
                 (propertize name
                             'mac mac)))
              (lambda (line)
                ;; Keep lines like: af-8c-3b-b1-99-af - Device name
                (string-match-p "^[0-9a-f]\\{2\\}" line))
              (with-current-buffer (get-buffer-create "*BluetoothConnector*")
                ;; BluetoothConnector exits with 64 if no param is given.
                ;; Invoke with no params to get a list of devices.
                (unless (eq 64 (call-process "BluetoothConnector" nil (current-buffer)))
                  (error (buffer-string)))
                (split-string (buffer-string) "\n"))))
            :require-match t
            :preselect (when (boundp 'ar/misc-bluetooth-connect--history)
                         (nth 0 ar/misc-bluetooth-connect--history))
            :history 'ar/misc-bluetooth-connect--history
            :caller 'ar/toggle-bluetooth-connection
            :action (lambda (device)
                      (start-process "BluetoothConnector"
                                     (get-buffer-create "*BluetoothConnector*")
                                     "BluetoothConnector" (get-text-property 0 'mac device) "--notify"))))


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