Bluetooth doesn’t work out the box for Archlinux but thankfully a helpful user has created packages to support the Pi 3 which also work on the Zero W (see forum post). There’s a couple of caveats to getting them working I’ll step through.
bluez-utils older than 5.44 - you must get them
from an archive. The reason being hcitool is required and it’s been dropped
from bluez 5.44.
$ wget http://tardis.tiny-vps.com/aarm/packages/b/bluez/bluez-5.43-2-armv6h.pkg.tar.xz $ wget http://tardis.tiny-vps.com/aarm/packages/b/bluez-utils/bluez-utils-5.43-2-armv6h.pkg.tar.xz $ sha256sum bluez-*.pkg.tar.xz d32a759d4e4d7904de95b432249a68b414b4ebc818996dec5d3b8830a191e37d bluez-5.43-2-armv6h.pkg.tar.xz 5017487e5544dc781aadd9ee87a2538182b613f02026a9a46d33435b88f3ca0d bluez-utils-5.43-2-armv6h.pkg.tar.xz $ sudo pacman -U bluez-*.pkg.tar.xz
Also you’ll want to edit
IgnorePkg = bluez bluez-utils
This ensures they aren’t inadvertently upgraded.
pi-bluetooth, you need
$ sudo pacman -S base-devel $ packer -S hciattach-rpi3 $ packer -S pi-bluetooth
At the prompt to edit
PKGBUILD for both packages, say yes, and you need to add
armv6h to the arch setting (I’ve notified the maintainer)
Note: arch in the packages has been fixed now
These will take a while to build on the humble little Pi Zero.
Now enable/start the services:
$ sudo systemctl enable --now bluetooth brcm43438
And finally you’ll need to manually bring up the bluetooth interface (there’s an issue where it doesn’t appear at power on, the workaround is to run this manually):
$ sudo hciconfig hci0 up
Verify it’s working:
$ hcitool scan