BluetoothView v1.66 - Monitor the Bluetooth activity around you
Copyright (c) 2008 - 2013 Nir Sofer

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BluetoothView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of Bluetooth devices around you. For each detected Bluetooth device, it displays the following information: Device Name, Bluetooth Address, Major Device Type, Minor Device Type, First Detection Time, Last Detection Time, and more.
BluetoothView can also notify you when a new Bluetooth device is detected, by displaying a balloon in your taskbar or by playing a small beep sound.

Versions History

  • Version 1.66:
    • Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to make it easier to read a single line.
    • Added 'Auto Size Columns+Headers' option, which allows you to automatically resize the columns according to the row values and column headers.
  • Version 1.65:
    • Added 'Hide Paired Devices' option. Paired deviced are usually detected even when they are not active, so this option allows you to hide them.
  • Version 1.61:
    • Fixed the problem with invalid % character on the .xml file.
  • Version 1.60:
    • Added option to choose audio file to play when a new bluetooth device is detected (In Advanced Options), instead of using the default beep sound of Windows.
  • Version 1.55:
    • Added 'Start As Hidden' option. When this option and 'Put Icon On Tray' option are turned on, the main window of BluetoothView will be invisible on start.
  • Version 1.50:
    • Added 2 new columns: 'No Detection Counter' and '% Detection'
    • Added support for saving the Bluetooth activity into a log file. A new log line is added when a device is detected for at least 5 Bluetooth scans (Device Arrival) and when a device is not detected anymore, for 5 Bluetooth scans ('Device Left' lines). You can activate the log file feature in the 'Advanced Options' window (F9).
  • Version 1.41 - Added /try_to_connect command-line option for testing the ability to connect to specific bluetooth device.
  • Version 1.40 - Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option. When this option is turned on, the column names are added as the first line when you export to csv or tab-delimited file.
  • Version 1.37 - Fixed issue: Removed the wrong encoding from the xml string, which caused problems to some xml viewers.
  • Version 1.36 - Fixed bug: BluetoothView didn't loaded the oui.txt filename when using it from command-line.
  • Version 1.35 - Added custom timeout value (In 'Advanced Options').
  • Version 1.31 - Added command-line option for sorting (/sort).
  • Version 1.30 - Added command-line support for saving Bluetooth devices list to a file.
  • Version 1.25 - Added 'Speak the following text when a new bluetooth device is detected' in advanced options. When this option is enabled, BluetoothView will speak the desired text by using Windows SAPI when a new device is detected.
  • Version 1.20 - Added 'Try To Connect' option. (See below)
  • Version 1.15 - New Option: Execute a command when a new Bluetooth device is detected. (In 'Advanced Options')
  • Version 1.11 - Added update rate (low/medium/high)
  • Version 1.10 - Added 'Company Name' column (see below)
  • Version 1.06 - Added new option: Select Another Font.
  • Version 1.05 - Fixed bug: The main window lost the focus when the user switched to another application and then returned back to BluetoothView.
  • Version 1.04 - Fixed bug in saving as comma-delimited file when description or name fields contained comma character.
  • Version 1.03 - Added support for saving as comma-delimited file.
  • Version 1.02 - Added 'Automatically Set Device Description' option.
  • Version 1.01 - Added 'Remove Selected Items' option. (The removed items will be considered as new in the next time that BluetoothView detect them)
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

What can you do with BluetoothView ?

If you have neighbors or family members that use a cellular phone with Bluetooth turned on:
  • You can easily know when they come home and when they leave, by using the 'First Detected On' and 'Last Detected On' fields.
  • Each time that a new device is detected, BluetoothView automatically displays an alert as a balloon in your taskbar. This means that you can detect when your neighbors/friends/family members are coming even before they knock on your door...

System Requirements

  • Bluetooth Dongle and device driver that works with the standard Bluetooth module of Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7.
  • Windows XP/SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Other versions of Windows don't provide a build-in support for Bluetooth, and thus BluetoothView cannot work with them.

Start Using BluetoothView

BluetoothView doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply copy the executable file (BluetoothView.exe) to any folder you like, and run it.
A few seconds after you run it, BluetoothView will start to gradually display all detected Bluetooth around you.

The 'Company Name' Column

Starting from version 1.10, BluetoothView allows you to view the company name of each BluetoothView device. The company name is determined according to the Bluetooth address. However, in order to get this feature, you must download the following external file, and put in the same folder of BluetoothView.exe:
Be aware that you must save it as 'oui.txt'

The Description Column

In addition to the name of Bluetooth device, you can set your own short description to allow you to easily detect the device in the future. The description that you set will also be displayed in the taskbar balloon, when the device is detected as a new one.
In order to set a description, double-click the desired item, and in the 'Description' field, simply type the description text and click 'OK'.

Custom Timeout Value

In 'Advanced Options' window, you can set a custom timeout value for the bluetooth scanning. The timeout value is defined in units of 1.28 seconds. If you set a low timeout value (around 5), the scanning process will be relatively fast, but there is a risk that some bluetooth devices won't be detected, esepcially if they are located in a greater distance. If you set a relatively high timeout value (15 or more), the scanning process will be slow, but the device detection will work a little better.

Connecting To Bluetooth Device

Starting from version 1.20, BluetoothView allows you to connect the desired Bluetooth devices. BluetoothView doesn't send any information to the device, it only tries to connect the device for testing purposes, and then closes the connection.
When you choose the 'Try To Connect' option, BluetoothView automatically send a connection request to the selected devices. On the device, you should get a qesution like "Do you want to accept data from xyz". If you choose yes, the connection will be succeeded. Otherwise it'll be failed. The connection result is displayed in the 'Connection Result' column

More Tips For Using BluetoothView

  • You can use the 'Hide Main Window' option for hiding the main window of BluetoothView. When you want to show back the main window, simply double-click the tray icon. While the main window is hidden, BluetoothView will display a balloon alert on each time that a new Bluetooth device is detected.
  • If you want to clear all current Bluetooth devices that are currently displayed and start the Bluetooth detection from the beginning, simply use the 'Reset' option.

    Command-Line Options

    You can use the following command-line options for saving Bluetooth information to a file, without displaying any user interface. Be aware that you have to wait around 15 - 20 seconds until the file is saved. You can also use the /try_to_connect parameter for testing a connection to your Bluetooth device.

    /try_to_connect <MAC Address> Try to connect to a specific Bluetooth device. If the connect process was successful, the .exe returns 0. Otherwise, it returns error code.
    BluetoothView.exe /try_to_connect 00:23:05:a1:22:f1
    /stext <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into a regular text file.
    /stab <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into a tab-delimited text file.
    /scomma <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
    /stabular <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into a tabular text file.
    /shtml <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into HTML file (Horizontal).
    /sverhtml <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into HTML file (Vertical).
    /sxml <Filename> Save the list of Bluetooth devices into XML file.
    /sort <column> This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. If you don't specify this option, the list is sorted according to the last sort that you made from the user interface. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "Address" and "Description". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Major Device Type") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.

    BluetoothView.exe /shtml "f:\temp\bt.html" /sort 2 /sort ~1
    BluetoothView.exe /shtml "f:\temp\bt.html" /sort "Major Device Type" /sort "Minor Device Type"

    /nosort When you specify this command-line option, the list will be saved without any sorting.

    Translating BluetoothView to other languages

    In order to translate BluetoothView to other language, follow the instructions below:
    1. Run BluetoothView with /savelangfile parameter:
      BluetoothView.exe /savelangfile
      A file named BluetoothView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of BluetoothView utility.
    2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
    3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
    4. After you finish the translation, Run BluetoothView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
      If you want to run BluetoothView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


    This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


    The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


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    BluetoothView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of BluetoothView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'bluetoothview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed BluetoothView utility.

    LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
    Arabic002 اسلام توفيق 010310316122/09/2010 
    Brazilian PortugueseHelio Bernardinelli27/06/2011 
    DutchJan Verheijen09/03/20151.66
    DutchSpotlight User24/02/2009v1.15
    Galician Xosé Antón Vicente Rodríguez26/02/2008 
    German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de18/03/20141.66
    Greek geogeo.gr24/12/20131.66
    Hebrew peterg12/06/20111.50
    Hungarian Tamás Ferenc12/05/20131.66
    ItalianFabio Mastroianni11/07/20081.06
    Norwegian Datateknikk 11/08/2009 
    Persian DinoTechno10/03/20221.66
    Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae)18/02/20131.66
    Simplified Chinese Enzo15/06/20201.66
    Spanish arquer.net19/05/2009 
    Traditional Chinese 丹楓(虫二電氣診所)05/07/20121.65
    Thai HS3PLN12/10/20121.65
    TurkishHARUN ARI11/07/20111.50
    Valencian vjatv30/09/2007