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I have an external USB-based fingerprint scanner. On MS Windows it is used to save fingerprints as images. Are there any drivers and softwares to get it working on Ubuntu?

Edit: The device I use is "Digital Persona U are U 4500"

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Can you tell us which fingerprint scanner you have? One way to do this is to edit your post to include the output of lsusb. – 8128 Feb 12 '11 at 8:34
Also, have you tried using Simple Scan? This is accessible from Applications->Graphics->Simple Scan. – 8128 Feb 12 '11 at 8:35

Fprint install fprint-demo

Fprint is a project to support fingerprint readers in Linux. You can install fprint-demo from the Software Centre to get a graphical application that may be able to do what you want.


You should check against the supported and unsupported devices to see if your reader will work.

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I couldn't see an easy way to use the fingerprint scanner as an authentication method, however. Although I believe that Fedora are leading the way there and recently System76 have released some Ubuntu-based laptops with fprint enabled authentication. – Scaine Feb 12 '11 at 16:01
That was not asked in the question. You could ask this as a separate question though. – dv3500ea Feb 12 '11 at 16:41
The devise I use is "Digital Persona U are U 4500". It is there in the supported list. The software detects the device, but it doesn't scan. I continually waits. The divice LED's doesn't lit up. – nixnotwin Feb 15 '11 at 6:50

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