Pyzeemote allows a Zeemote controller to communicate with a running application over D-Bus. We’re going to get it running on MeeGo today. All in all, getting this working will involve the following components

  • Python drivers for the Zeemote device (provided by Pyzeemote)
  • A daemon which listens for Pyzeemote events and shepherds them onto the application over D-Bus (provided by Pyzeemote)
  • A test suite which tells you if everything is working correctly (provided by Pyzeemote)
  • Bluetooth python bindings (provided by 3rd party library PyBluez)


The MeeGo machine these steps were carried out on was a Leveno IdeaPad, which had the MeeGo core repository disabled and the MeeGo test and devel repos enabled - as outlined at our earlier guide Installing Ruby and Rubygems on MeeGo. You may need to do this as well, as these repositories are likely the source of some of the libraries used in this guide. Furthermore you will need to install packages for building python bluezy bindings

sudo zypper install gcc make python-devel bluez-libs-devel


  1. Create a directory pyzee in your home directory

    mkdir pyzee

  2. Download pyzeemote source on Google Code using svn
  3. If you don’t have svn you can just use the Browse functionality of Google Code and download (the raw version) of the following files manually:,, README

  4. Whether you use svn or Browse simply ensure that you have the above 3 files at the top level of your pyzee directory

  5. Download bluezy python bindings (PyBluez-0.18.tar.gz) which will work on MeeGo from PyBluez on Google Code
  6. Move the PyBluez-0.18.tar.gz to the top level of your pyzee directory
  7. Change directory to the pyzee directory

    cd ~/pyzee
  8. Extract the PyBluez-0.18 contents

    tar -zxvf PyBluez-0.18.tar.gz

  9. Change directory to the PyBluez-0.18 directory

    cd PyBluez-0.18
  10. Build the python bluetooth bindings by running

    python build
  11. Change directory back up one level so that you’re inside the top level of the pyzee directory

    cd ..
  12. Create a symlink to the freshly built bluetooth python bindings, so that they’ll be found when we run pyzeemote

    ln -s PyBluez-0.18/build/lib.linux-i686-2.6/bluetooth
  13. Fire up the pyzeemote daemon (you shouldn’t see any output) using


You shouldn’t see any output if things went correctly. If you get the following then there is a problem with the bluetooth python bindings built in the last steps

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 39, in <module>
from bluetooth import *
ImportError: No module named bluetooth
--------------------------------------------------- You'll have to figure out why this is. Perhaps the symlink wasn't created correctly or it was created in the wrong place?
  1. Run the pyzeemote test suite

  2. You should see it say

    Trying to find a Zeemote device…

  3. Try to click some buttons on your zeemote device. If successful, you should see output at the command line as you do so. Congrats, it’s working!