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A native Dart client implementation of D-Bus.

Accessing a remote object using dart-dbus

The easiest way to get started is to use dart-dbus to generate Dart objects to access existing D-Bus services. Start with a D-Bus interface definition:

<node name="/org/freedesktop/hostname1">
  <interface name="org.freedesktop.hostname1">
    <property name="Hostname" type="s" access="read"/>

The dart-dbus tool processes this interface to generate a Dart source file:

$ dart-dbus generate-remote-object hostname1.xml -o hostname1.dart

You can then use the generated hostname1.dart to access that remote object:

import 'package:dbus/dbus.dart';
import 'hostname1.dart';

var client = DBusClient.system();
var hostname1 = OrgFreeDesktopHostname1(client, 'org.freedesktop.hostname1');
var hostname = await hostname1.getHostname();
print('hostname: $hostname')
await client.close();

The code generated by dart-dbus may not be the cleanest API you want to expose for your service. It is recommended that you use the generated code as a starting point and then modify it as necessary.

Accessing a remote object manually

You can access remote objects without using dart-dbus if you want. This requires you to handle error cases yourself. The equivalent of the above example is:

import 'package:dbus/dbus.dart';

var client = DBusClient.system();
var object = DBusRemoteObject(client, destination: 'org.freedesktop.hostname1', path: DBusObjectPath('/org/freedesktop/hostname1'));
var hostname = await object.getProperty('org.freedesktop.hostname1', 'Hostname');
print('hostname: ${hostname.toNative()}');
await client.close();

Exporting an object on the bus

import 'package:dbus/dbus.dart';

class TestObject extends DBusObject {
  DBusObjectPath get path {
    return DBusObjectPath('/com/example/Test');

  Future<MethodResponse> handleMethodCall(DBusMethodCall methodCall) async {
    if (methodCall.interface == 'com.example.Test') {
      if ( == 'Test') {
        return DBusMethodSuccessResponse([DBusString('Hello World!')]);
      } else {
        return DBusMethodErrorResponse.unknownMethod();
    } else {
      return DBusMethodErrorResponse.unknownInterface();

var client = DBusClient.session();
await client.registerObject(TestObject());

Contributing to dbus.dart

We welcome contributions! See the contribution guide for more details.