Up from the 4th release in 2021 called Atlantis new installs will have pipewire enabled per default.
If you are on older installs you can easily switch to pipewire from pulseaudio:
sudo pacman -S --needed pipewire-pulse pipewire-alsa pipewire-jack wireplumber
You can also stay with
pipewire-media-session but it is recommended to use
pipewire-media-session is/was only there to start creating Session managers like wireplumber:
rm -R ~/.config/pulse ~/.local/state/wireplumber ~/.local/state/pipewire
In addition to clean of stuff not needed under pipewire:
You may need to remove
pulseaudio-jack before that.
The main pipewire package is installed already.
Pipewire uses systemd on userlevel not systemwide for management of the server and automatic socket activation
So nothing else is needed to enable manually it will get enabled automatically on the next boot or if you want to run it without rebooting your system run:
systemctl --user start pipewire-pulse.service
Check if pipewire is running:
Server Name should show this:
Server Name: PulseAudio (on PipeWire 0.3.35)
or with inxi:
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.51 running: yes
To complete for different use cases there are these packages that could be needed in addition:
Low-latency audio/video router and processor – Zeroconf support
Low-latency audio/video router and processor – JACK support
Low-latency audio/video router and processor – documentation
Low-latency audio/video router and processor – ALSA configuration
Automatic switching Bluetooth Headphone into Headset mode if you need Headset mode for microphone usage:
it will not switch automatically, this needs to be enabled..
This will only work if
pipewire-media-session is installed for
wireplumber you need to use a different setup.
mkdir -p ~/.config/pipewire/media-session.d
cp /usr/share/pipewire/media-session.d/bluez-monitor.conf ~/.config/pipewire/media-session.d/bluez-monitor.conf
and uncomment the line
bluez5.autoswitch-profile = true and set it to true ….
save the file .. restart system or services:
systemctl --user restart pipewire pipewire-pulse
Working exactly as it says… if you start recording it enables Headset profile and seamlessly turns it back of, when you are stop recording…
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