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Cannot access MacBook built-in bluetooth in Docker (Debian) container

I cannot access the bluetooth device built in to my MacBook Pro from my docker (debian:jessie) container. I’ve tried all of the configuration options described in other forums to run docker and they do not seem to make any difference. Here is my latest command line:

docker run --privileged --net host --security-opt seccomp=unconfined -v /Users/eugeneso/build/myProject:/myProject -i -t myProject bash

When I run hciconfig, I always get:
Can’t open HCI socket.: Address family not supported by protocol

Also there is no bluetooth folder in my /sys/class directory.

Here is my MacBook bluetooth device info:

Apple Bluetooth Software Version: 5.0.3f1
Hardware, Features, and Settings:
Name: Eugene’s MacBook Pro
Address: 6C-40-08-BF-2D-B1
Bluetooth Low Energy Supported: Yes
Handoff Supported: Yes
Instant Hot Spot Supported: Yes
Manufacturer: Broadcom
Transport: USB
Chipset: 20702B0
Firmware Version: v131 c9228
Bluetooth Power: On
Discoverable: On
Connectable: Yes
Auto Seek Pointing: On
Remote wake: On
Vendor ID: 0x05AC
Product ID: 0x8289
HCI Version: 4.0 (0x6)
HCI Revision: 0x240C
LMP Version: 4.0 (0x6)
LMP Subversion: 0x4183
Device Type (Major): Computer
Device Type (Complete): Mac Portable
Composite Class Of Device: 0x38010C
Device Class (Major): 0x01
Device Class (Minor): 0x03
Service Class: 0x1C0
Auto Seek Keyboard: On

Has anyone with a similar configuration gotten bluetooth working in the Debian container?


Same question over here: how can I use the macbook’s build-in bluetooth adapter from my docker container? I’ve tried running with --privileged as well as specifying the device using --device.

Question is however what the /dev/tty.* device (or other) is for the macbook’s build-in bluetooth adapter.


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Hello, I am suffering form that same issue right now,
information that I could gather up until now:
Mac built-in bluetooth device seems to be found here: /dev/cu.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
Thought it is the incoming port and not an outgoing that we would need to scan/look for bluetooth devices (maybe I am wrong about that).
There exists a /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port too.
Passing these as devices to a container results in an error (might be my machine)
Waiting for an answer on docker community slack.