Use Pushbullet Indicator In Ubuntu To Send Files To Android Or iOS Devices

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Pushbullet in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Pushbullet is an app available for iOS and Android devices that lets you send files, links, images from your desktop to your mobile device and vice versa. Pushbullet can be used in any OS by installing extensions in Firefox or Chrome.

If you are not fan of browser extensions and want to use something more of a desktop app for Pushbullet in Ubuntu 14.04, you can use Pushbullet Indicator developed by Atareao. Pushbullet Indicator is in development stage at the moment and doesn’t have all the functionality of the official Windows desktop app but it still has enough to get you started.

Install Pushbullet Indicator in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17

Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pushbullet-indicator

The above PPA won’t work on Ubuntu 13.10.

Using Pushbullet Indicator in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17

  • Create an account on Pushbullet.
  • Install the Pushbullet app on your Android or iOS device.
  • After installing Pushbullet Indicator in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, start it. On the first launch, it will give the option to connect to your Pushbullet account:Pushbullet_Indicator_start
  • Once connected, you should also name your device, from the device tab in the above picture. If you want Pushbullet to autostart at each boot, you can choose it do so by going in preference and turn on the Autostart button (shown in the picture above).
  • Once you are done with this, you will see the Pushbullet indicator in Unity panel.
    using Pushbullet in Ubuntu and Linux Mint
  • To send something to your smartphone, click on the indicator and select the device (linked to your Pushbullet account). It’s as simple as that.
    Using Pushbullet Indicator in Ubuntu and Linux Mint 17
  • You’ll get a notification on the other device of receiving a file. You can access them all from the Pushbullet app.
  • Android devices can also get notifications for phone calls, text messages and other notifications.
  • If you send a file from your mobile device to your desktop, you will be notified about it:
  • The files are not automatically saved to a certain directory. To get the file sent from other device, go to Show last push from the indicator menu, it will show you the last push available. Click on it to download the file to a directory of your choice.

Install Nautilus extension for Pushbullet:

Alternatively, you can also install Nautilus extension for Pushbullet to send files directly from right click menu. Use the following command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-pushbullet

You’ll have to authenticate it again after restarting.

Do share your experience with Pushbullet Indicator in comment section. Ciao :)

  • sina

    The problem with the Pushbullet extension was that it was using internet connection to transfer data and it’s not the best choise if your internet has data limit

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Never paid attention to that since I have unlimited internet. Thank for the info.

    • TuxUser

      You can use KDE Connect if you want to connect your desktop with an Android phone. KDE Connect uses your network WITHOUT making a connection to the internet. Though it’s called “KDE” Connect you can use it with Unity/GNOME/most other desktop environments as well. It’s not as advanced as PushBullet, but it still allows you to send files, see notifications/calls/SMSs on the desktop and even control the desktop by using the Android phone as a touchpad/mouse. See

  • Gene

    This doesn’t work for me on Ubuntu 13.10 or 14.04. Both of them have unmet dependencies, related to Python3. 14.04 I tried off of a USB stick, so it’s as stock as it comes… Any ideas?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      In 13.10, it won’t work. It should work in 14.04 though. I hope you have correct version of Python installed.
      What error do you see? You may file a bug report with the dev.

  • suinjato

    yup not working for me as well . neither is spotify to be honest . I had to delete the spotify updated version within a day because it completely messed up my 14.04 system and was even affecting my ability to get updates for other important programs. Spotify web player for me it seems :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Pushbullet and Spotify both are under development so bugs are expected. You may file those bugs so that they could be solved in final releases.

      • suinjato

        okay i’ll try to be patient lol. btw thumbs up for the cinnamon post so much more stable than unity 14.04 .

  • FromΛmsterdam

    this is working for me, but (using Ubuntu GNOME 14.04) I can’t reply to messages or anything. Is there a way to?

    • Xavier Rossi

      I have the same problem than you, do you find solution?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Reply to messages is not possible at present.

  • intraipsum

    After successfully installing this on Ubuntu 14.04, I try to ‘Allow access to pushbullet’.

    It then launches a window. However, the window is empty.. just white, and a slider along the bottom. I’ve tried maximizing and refreshing, etc.. and it doesn’t allow me to do anything. This is somewhat a problem, as I can’t seem to log in to authenticate, so I can use it..

    • intraipsum

      Scratch that. After repeated attempts, it seems to have worked now. I can log in and authenticate. Thanks

  • Newbtastic

    I’m getting “Unable to locate package pushbullet-indicator”. Did the author remove it or something?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Which OS are you using? Normally it should be supported on all the recent versions.

      • Newbtastic

        Elementary OS 0.2.1 Luna which is based off Ubuntu 14.04

        • Abhishek Prakash

          Elementary OS 0.2.1 Luna is based on Ubuntu 12.04. And this is why it is not available for Luna.

          • Newbtastic

            Doh! Got my versions mixed up. Forgot that the stable version of EOS is the old one. Will install the Freya beta and get back to you.

          • Newbtastic

            Seems really buggy though. Pushing links to the new device works but I can’t do anything with the pushed link. Clicking the notification does nothing. I can’t even close pushbullet by right clicking the icon and clicking “exit”.

  • vtrev

    Working fine 14.04 + LP 5.0.1