Saturday, January 3, 2009

Scan with Brother MFC7820 with Ubuntu Intrepid

I have lots of receipts and docs that I wish to scan and my Brother MFC 7820 didn't work due to permissions problems. Here is how I got it working.


  1. Install the libsane-extras package since it isn't installed by default

  2. Download and install the Brother scanner driver. Brother providers .deb packages, although they are not great. Get it here

  3. Edit "/etc/udev/rules.d/50-libsane-extras.rules" and add the following file to it:(2 lines)

    #Brother|MFC-640CW

    SYSFS{idVendor}=="04f9", SYSFS{idProduct}=="0181", MODE="664", GROUP="scanner"

  4. logout and log back in and you should be good to go



If you don't have the same exact model, you can replace the idVendor and idProduct by using the command "sane-find-scanner" and it will list your scanner with all the ids in there. Copy the numbers but ignore the "0x".

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