I installed Ubuntu 16.04 in my HP Envy-15 laptop which comes with a fingerprint sensor but isn't used by Ubuntu. Do I need to install drivers for it? Where can I find it?

The lsusb command yields this result:

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 8087:07dc Intel Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 275d:0a29  
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 138a:0050 Validity Sensors, Inc. Swipe Fingerprint Sensor
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04f2:b40e Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd HP Truevision HD camera
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub`

which tells that my Validity Sensor device ID is 138a:0050.

  • Did you try fprint from the Ubuntu Software repository? – ubfan1 Jun 22 '16 at 3:50
  • No, what is that ?? No search results found on Ubuntu Software Center. – Kumar Gaurav Jun 22 '16 at 4:29

Click on the launcher Dash button, and find the "Software Updater", launch it. At the bottom left of the window, click on the "Settings" button. Under the first Tab, "Ubuntu Software" make sure the community-maintained free and open-source software (universe) is checked. The package list will update if a change was made, and you can then install the package fprintd. Or in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fprintd

Read the man page for instructions on running it.

man fprintd

The synopsis is: fprintd-enroll [username] fprintd-list username [usernames...] fprintd-verify [-f finger] [usename] fprintd-delete username [usernames...] The first thing to do is enroll your username. example: fprintd-enroll -f right-index-finger myusername

There is another package with "fingerprint" in the name which is more gui related, but seems to have more problems than fprintd. Even fprintd has problems recognizing prints, and even if it does, you stil have the issue of it not being able to open the keyring, so you will still need to type in the password to access that (like for email). Didn't save me any time, so I finally just removed it.

  • I installed it but nothing happened. How can I add a feaature that allows me to scan finger print during login and give access to my account. I think what you asked me to do was to install the driver for the sensor... – Kumar Gaurav Jun 30 '16 at 3:53

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