I installed the driver for Epson Perfection V600 Photo: iscan-data_1.13.0-1all.deb as well as iscan_2.28.1-3.ltdl7_i386.deb.

But the scanner does not work. How can I install the scanner drivers?


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Driver install steps for older Ubuntu (<= 14.04)

Note: See my other answer for latest Ubuntu steps: https://askubuntu.com/a/1135180/8570

Looks like a package is missing but I will detail the whole process to help other users.

Search for the Epson Driver site for Perfection V600 Linux drivers:

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Download the relevant packages from both links:





  • For Ubuntu 8.04 and lower download ltdl3 instead of ltdl7
  • For 32-bit Ubuntu users download i386 instead of amd64

Install the packages as per the order above by double-clicking on the package to open it with the Ubuntu Software Centre. Alternatively use dpkg -i <deb> from the terminal for each package.

Connect and power on the scanner.

Open Dash and search for Image Scan! for Linux

It sometimes can take a while for the software to open, so be patient, and eventually it should find your scanner and you are ready to scan.


  • perfect, it still works on Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.1 :) now they are packaging tar.gz containing all necessary. There is install.sh which will do everything (just few dpkg --install there). Works perfectly, the scanner colors are nice (scans also vivid pink which HP scans as grey).
    – nayana
    Commented Mar 18, 2017 at 7:51

Driver install steps for Ubuntu 17.10 onwards

Epson released an updated combined install package which can be obtained via their support site.


Espon Driver Search

Search for V600, choose Linux operating system and downloading all-in-one driver package.



Epson provide notes on how to install but the quick overview is to run the following in the terminal that will extract and start the installation process:

tar xf iscan-gt-x820-bundle-1.0.1.x64.deb.tar.gz
cd iscan-gt-x820-bundle-1.0.1.x64.deb

Additional steps

Normally this would be enough but at the time of writing April 2019 iScan opens with this error message:

Could not send command to scanner. Check the scanner’s status.

So additional steps are required. These have been taken from bug #1728012.

Fix Epson USB device permission

Create a rules file so that the USB scanner has permission to be used by user without needing sudo.

sudo vim /etc/udev/rules.d/79-udev-epson.rules

Paste this line into the new rules file:

ATTRS{manufacturer}=="EPSON", DRIVERS=="usb", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="04b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE="0777"

Fix libsane-epkowa driver location

As mentioned in the bug report the libsane-epkowa drivers are not being found so create a link to them in the correct location:

sudo ln -sfr /usr/lib/sane/libsane-epkowa* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane


Some commands to check if your scanner can be found. I have included the output with working Epson V600 scanner.

Check if your scanner device can be found:

$ scanimage -L
device `epkowa:interpreter:001:010' is a Epson (unknown model) flatbed scanner

Find any scanner attached to the computer (without superuser privileges). To identify USB permission issues.

$ sane-find-scanner
could not open USB device ...
found USB scanner (vendor=0x04b8 [EPSON], product=0x013a [EPSON Scanner]) at libusb:001:010
could not open USB device ...

with superuser privileges

$ sudo sane-find-scanner
found USB scanner (vendor=0x04b8 [EPSON], product=0x013a [EPSON Scanner]) at libusb:001:010
  • Is the Digital ICE option also available under Linux?
    – ffonz
    Commented Jun 20, 2020 at 14:04
  • A Unix SE Answer suggests the driver is capable. However will need commercial VueScan (test it for free) which has the software capability for infrared dust removal.
    – Cas
    Commented Jul 16, 2020 at 12:10
  • Here's a direct download link to the drivers, rather than using the search, if you have a V600/GT-X820 support.epson.net/linux/en/epsonscan2.php
    – Raleigh L.
    Commented Jul 25, 2023 at 19:42

For Ubuntu 18.04 you can install Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner (tested that works on January 2023). This is an all-in-one software for Linux, released on December 2022 by Epson. You can download epsonscan2-bundle- from here: https://support.epson.net/linux/en/epsonscan2.php

This gets installed without issues, however all color scans are dominated by a bright green overlay. The older all-in-one software, iscan-gt-x820-bundle-2.30.4.x64.deb.tar.gz (available from here:https://support.epson.net/linux/en/iscan.php?model=gt-x820&version=2.30.4) gets installed and works without issue.

If the iscan options to save the scanned file as a .png or .jpeg are greyed out, install libpng12-0_1.2.54-1ubuntu1.1_amd64.deb from this site: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-security/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+build/15108504, if you have issues with .png files, and libjpeg62 if you have issues for .jpeg files.

  • Thank you for posting this. I decided to give Epson Scan2 a shot, and like it much better than Epson Image Scan. FYI, this post mentioned Ubuntu 18.04 specifically, and I just wanted to confirm that it works on 20.04 also, in case anyone happens to come across this like I did.
    – guttermonk
    Commented Aug 19, 2023 at 18:19

Ubuntu 23.10

You need to go to the EPSON Download Center, search for your model and download the driver.

The drivers depend on libsane. However, in Ubuntu 23.10, the package libsane is missing. A workaround is to download and install the libsane package from another Ubuntu release. In the example below, I am using libsane from Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) for amd64 architecture. You also have to install libsane1 package, because libsane depends on it.

sudo apt install libsane1
wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/s/sane-backends/libsane_1.2.1-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i libsane_1.2.1-1_amd64.deb

After that, you should be able to install your drivers with Running sudo ./install.sh from within the driver's directory.


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