Tuesday, 6 June 2017

RTL8723BS Wifi and BT firmware package for Ubuntu mainline v4.12 kernels

The RTL8723BS wifi module is now in v4.12 release candidates but to get wifi working it is necessary to load the firmware.

I've build a package 'rtl8723bs_4.12.0_amd64.deb' which includes not only the wifi firmware from Bastien Nocera's 'rtl8723bs' GitHub (hadess) but also the bluetooth firmware from Larry Finger's 'rtl8723bs_bt' GitHub (lwfinger).

After downloading it can be installed using the 'dpkg -i' command:

sudo dpkg -i rtl8723bs_4.12.0_amd64.deb

If bluetooth fails to start automatically then it can be started manually with the command:

sudo systemctl start rtl8723bsbt.service

If you find this useful then please donate using the following link http://goo.gl/nXWSGf as everything helps with development costs.


  1. I'm having a torrid time trying to get BT to work with a Click Mini,
    Can you post the source code for this combination, so that I can try to compile for 4.14/4.15 kernel builds?
    Thanks for all your efforts.

    1. The source is from 'https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bs_bt' (credited in earlier postings).

  2. Thanks. That's what I have already looked at. :-|