[Tip] Connecting MTP devices

Hello colleagues, good afternoon.

A few days ago I acquired a Motorola Razr D1. And these devices, like many others, connect via MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) which works quite well on Windows and Mac, but the truth is that on GNU / Linux it is somewhat cumbersome.

Doing some research and doing some testing, I found a fairly straightforward way to connect the device and mount it as a removable device.

In ArchLinux:

sudo pacman -S mtpfs kio-mtp

Alternative if you use Nautilus:

sudo pacman -S gvfs-mtp

Once the dependencies are installed, simply connect the device through the USB cable, connecting the device as MTP Device.

Now we can explore the mobile memory as if it were a USB device.


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  1.   Giskard said

    Interesting. I was about to buy (finally) a smart phone and this works for me. Do you know what package is needed in Xubuntu (apart from mtpfs) for Thunar to handle it?

  2.   John Paul Jaramillo said

    In Debian GNU / Linux I use the mtpfs package to manage the files on my smartphone, I guess it is called the same in Xubuntu.

  3.   diazepam said

    The same method in Debian. You have to compile it from git.

    Warning. You do not have to open the dolphin from the notifier.

    1.    eliotime3000 said

      In my case, I use my Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570B with Wheezy both as a USB stick and as a Wi-Fi antenna and it works wonders with Wheezy.

  4.   auroszx said

    Yes, this allows MTP devices to be connected, but you forgot to mention that the MTP protocol doesn't work very well on Linux and the transfer speeds can be embarrassing. I have already suffered: /

    1.    Leper_Ivan said

      Well, maybe it depends on the device, because with my mobile it works fast.
      And if you read at the beginning, it says that in Linux it doesn't even work well.

  5.   just-another-dl-user said

    Better install gMTP, simpler impossible

  6.   msx said

    Great, I try and comment.

  7.   Sergio said

    Very good! Since ArchLinux's help it was impossible for me to make it work, thanks!

  8.   Jorge said

    I just caught this and it is appreciated. I did the test in KDE, but the problem is that the access time is longer. It makes everything slow, even opening a simple file.

    Imagine copying an entire folder of music.

    It is appreciated anyway.

    Tested with a Moto X on Gentoo.