I have just bought a shiny new Canon MG6250 multifunction printer/scanner and connected it via LAN. Installing the printing side of things was a breeze, however, I cannot work out how to set up scanning.

I installed the MG6200 series ScanGear MP driver from Canon's site but when I open GIMP or Simple Scan, they say there is no scanner detected. Using GIMP's 'update scanner list' button to search for the scanner does not find it.

How do I tell Ubuntu, GIMP or Simple Scan to look on the network for the scanner? Is there another utility especially for this?

  • Found a few pages via Googling talking about xsane and configuring it. Most of them talk about scanning using a USB connected scanner. I tried a few of the outlined tweeks, but none have worked so far.
    – Andrew
    Oct 21 '12 at 4:29
  • Did you try the command line tool that comes with the ScanGear driver, scangearmp? That found it for me.
    – Noyo
    Sep 8 '13 at 10:06

Just got this going today. This is how I got it working over wireless network, running Xubuntu 12.10 64-bit. (No Canon drivers were needed).

After installing xsane:

  • The sane man pages refer to "backendname" a lot. http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html gives the backend name for the 6250 as "pixma"

  • man sane-pixma (seems to be a man entry for each backend) tells you that network scanners should normally be detected, but if not, add them directly to /etc/sane.d/pixma.conf

  • Edit that file and add a line of the format:


  • IP address can be retrieved from the printer settings, or from the options in the printer itself.

  • After adding an entry for the printer, save pixma.conf

  • Now edit /etc/default/saned and set RUN=yes

  • Then: service saned start

  • Run xsane

Now xsane should discover the scanner, and instead of saying "no devices found" and dying, it should run up (brings up about 4 windows). All the default settings seem to work — just press "Scan".

  • Thankyou for that concise explanation. Works a treat now!!
    – Andrew
    Oct 18 '13 at 10:22
  • Good tip! My scanner isn't on the officially supported list. It didn't respond over the network but worked fine via USB from xsane. Apr 14 '15 at 19:46
  • This is exactly how I resolved an issue with my Ubuntu 15.04, Canon PIXMA MX870 (a network multi-use device connected via WiFi) and Simple Scan. Now everything works very well. Thanks for a great tip!
    – madjoe
    Oct 23 '15 at 19:19
  • Note you have to do sudo service saned start or the service won't actually start. Use sudo service saned status to confirm it has started. You should see: saned is running.
    – snark
    Dec 24 '15 at 17:11
  • @snark: yes, all of the commands above (editing in /etc/...) have to be run as root. I've found most instructions leave it out, I guess to not clog up every command, so I followed that trend.
    – Ash
    Dec 24 '15 at 22:42

I found that adding the subnet IP addresses to this file worked when nothing else did: /etc/sane.d/saned.conf

To get the subnet, look at your output from the ifconfig command. Find a line that looks like this: inet addr: Bcast: Mask:

From this output, I learned that my wireless router subnet is 192.168.1, and then searched for the printer (wireless router and printer must be powered on and operating) using this command: sudo nmap -sP

Nmap scan report for Host is up (0.011s latency). MAC Address: XX:Xx:XX:XX:XX:XX (Canon)

From above, is the IP address for my Canon printer/scanner on my LAN.

Therefore, I added this entry to /etc/sane.d/saned.conf:

xsane could then see my scanner.

  • On Ubuntu 16.04 (2018), this worked for me. Something must have happened to make saned stop scanning the proper network.
    – danShumway
    May 5 '18 at 13:22

I have an epson printer/scanner and had to add the IP address to /etc/sane.d/epson2.conf like this:


I also commented out the net autodiscovery line.

  • 1
    Thanks! Less complicated than the accepted answer and worked for me right away.
    – gavsiu
    Oct 9 '18 at 22:16
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    Same here, worked perfectly for my EPSON XP-950. It worked only with the USB before changing net autodiscovery to the real IP of the scanner.
    – wotter
    Feb 8 '19 at 17:27

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