I can see this in lsusbenter image description here but cannot find option to use it in users option in setting

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    See dell.com/community/Linux-General/… which was the first answer found by a web search on Goodix FingerPrint 27c6:538d Linux – K7AAY Oct 21 '19 at 20:02
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    @K7AAY that thread talks about device 27c6:5301 . But in my case device is different and also lsusb is able to show that name of device. – Vikas Kumar Oct 23 '19 at 10:11
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    I'm in the same boat here with an Inspiron 5493. lsusb shows the device as a Goodix fingerprint scanner. However, lshw | grep -a10 -i goodix notes that this device is "UNCLAIMED". Could this mean that there is no driver for the fingerprint scanner even though it's identified and shown in lsusb? – kamses Oct 25 '19 at 16:10
  • @VikasKumar: Did you ever find a solution for this? – user000001 Dec 1 '19 at 19:25
  • Possible duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/872175/… – Elder Geek Dec 1 '19 at 21:51

It seems these Dell laptops are certified and they have similar Goodix fingerpint readers: https://certification.ubuntu.com/catalog/component/27c6:538c It's worth trying the 4.15 oem kernel. It didn't work for me on a 5.4 oem kernel.

I read on the Goodix forum they do not plan to open source drivers but are working with Dell to provide drivers. Let's hope it will be open sourced.

It's best to get involved in the fprint development website. Here is the issue for your hardware:


hope that helps.

[UPDATE] It works for my device with the new proprietary drivers from Goodix.

You can do the following:

sudo sh -c 'cat > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/focal-dell.list << EOF
deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-dell public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-dell public

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-oem public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-oem public

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville public

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville-melisa public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates focal-somerville-melisa public
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys F9FDA6BED73CDC22
sudo apt update -qq

sudo apt install oem-somerville-melisa-meta libfprint-2-tod1-goodix oem-somerville-meta tlp-config -y

I needed a reboot to have the fingerprint scanner working:

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 27c6:538c Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co.,Ltd. Fingerprint Reader

You may need to run :

sudo pam-auth-update

to enable fingerprint for logging in (make sure there is a star). Work continues on open source drivers too, hopefully these drivers help for reverse engineering.

Anyone knows how to unlock the keyring too? That doesn't seem to happen currently when logging in with fingerprint...

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