I need to install the finger print driver of my X1 carbon 5th gen on Ubuntu 16.04. Where can I find drivers for Linux distributions?

Here are the outputs of lspci

kasun@kasun-ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-5th:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 5904 (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 5916 (rev 02)
00:08.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Gaussian Mixture Model
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 21)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Thermal subsystem (rev 21)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP CSME HECI (rev 21)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d10 (rev f1)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d12 (rev f1)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP PCI Express Root Port (rev f1)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d18 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d4e (rev 21)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP PMC (rev 21)
00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device 9d71 (rev 21)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SMBus (rev 21)
00:1f.6 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (4) I219-LM (rev 21)
02:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS525A PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
04:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 24fd (rev 88)
05:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Device a804

and the lsusb output

kasun@kasun-ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-5th:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 138a:0097 Validity Sensors, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 13d3:5682 IMC Networks 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

The 138a:0097 Validity Sensors, Inc. is still being "reverse engineered" and not supported yet by the easy to install fingerprint or others.

The following is a WIP (Work In Progress) by Nikita Mikhailov:

  1. sudo apt install git libusb-1.0-0-dev libxv-dev
  2. git clone https://github.com/nmikhailov/Validity90.git
  3. cd Validity90/libfprint
  4. ./configure
  5. make
  6. make check
  7. sudo make install

Additional information and discussions:



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  • Hi all, did anyone got it working with X1 Carbon? – Kasun Siyambalapitiya Jun 18 '18 at 6:22
  • doesn't work for my X1 Yoga using Bus 001 Device 004: ID 138a:0090 Validity Sensors, Inc. too – Bashar Al-Abdulhadi Jul 8 '18 at 18:08
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    actually github.com/hrenod/libfprint worked for me on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga! – Bashar Al-Abdulhadi Jul 8 '18 at 18:24
  • The ticket seems to have moved here now gitlab.freedesktop.org/libfprint/libfprint/issues/54 but it looks like they need somebody to verify it's working for 138a:0097. I have one of those on my Lenovo P51, but I don't know how to install the fix to test it. I'm currently waiting for my registration at their GitLab site to be confirmed, so I can ask. But in the meantime, can anybody here tell me how? – Michael Scheper Oct 7 '18 at 9:31

The only current software for the 138a:0097 is https://github.com/nmikhailov/Validity90/tree/master/prototype however there is no driver as of yet, so the WIP that krispy mentioned will not work to unlock your computer. There is just a prototype that can only scan and check the internal database, there is still no way to add fingerprints outside of Windows.

To further support development I suggest you follow the instructions at https://github.com/nmikhailov/Validity90/blob/master/prototype/README.md and create a new issue on GitHub with the output of the prototype.

sudo apt-get install make gcc libgcrypt-dev libglib2.0-dev libnss3-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libssl-dev libpng-dev libgnutls28-dev

And copy the output to https://github.com/nmikhailov/Validity90/issues/new with the title "Prototype output for Thinkpad X1 Carbon 5th Generation (138a:0097)"

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Running Ubuntu 20.04 on 7th Gen X1 Carbon

An article posted here http://www.adamisrael.com/project/ubuntu-on-x1/ made me aware of the


After running

fwupdmgr get-updates

I could see that the driver for the fingerprint reader wasn't installed. In Adam's article he stated that the update manager didn't work but it is a few months old now.

Just run

fwupdmgr update

and it will install the necessary driver.



fwupdmgr update
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