Backtrack linux bluetooth scanning tutorial

This is a short linux bluetooth scanning tutorial with some tools you can use in backtrack linux (now kali linux) or any distribution you prefer to perform bluetooth scans. Its not comprehensive, but will show you the tools that you need to get started searching for nearby devices.

linux bluetooth scanning tutorial.


Used to do stuff with bluetooth.

hcitool dev

Will tell you what devices you have installed.

hcitool -i hci0 scan

Will start a ‘scan’ for bluetooth devices using interface hci0.

If you have more than one bluetooth device [eg, a built-in one and a usb dongle] then you can do some pretty cool things:

You can [using backtrack 5] goto:

  • applications > backtrack > information gathering > network analysis > bluetooth > bluediving

This is an awesome program.
Once you have your two bluetooth devices plugged in there are many tools available inside this program:

  • scanning for apple devices.
  • scanning for phones.
  • scanning for laptops.
  • getting information on the above.
  • and a whole lot more.

There are others available.

  • applications > backtrack > information gathering > network analysis > bluetooth > btscanner

Is probably better to find devices.
It’s like kismet, but for bluetooth.
It will also log everything it finds to the ~/bts folder. =)

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Eldridge Harry

    Hi I am hoping you can help me.

    I just got  Alfa Wireless WiFi USB Adapter w/ 5dBi Antenna & RP-SMA Jack AWUS036EH

    And I’m using backtrack 5 but I’m not sure how to instal it’s drivers on bt and how to make it usable.

    Could you please guide me.

    Please help.


    Harry Eldridge 

  2. jonathan

    i really have no idea; ive never used wireless usb devices;
    the best place would be on the backtrack forums [or maybe the ubuntu forums, as backtrack 5 is based on ubuntu 10.04]

  3. nikhil raj

    Hey backtrack 5 has got alfa drivers pre installed and tested…just type in iwconfig in terminal to show all interfaces having wireless capabilities. You may need to bring the device up i.e
    ifconfig up
    This will bring the device up. You can now scan the air for wireless signals using iwlist. Gud Luck :)

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