Scan and fax in Linux and BSD using Xsane

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Linux and BSD can scan documents and fax using SANE.


  1. install SANE

    • Linux: apt install xsane
    • BSD: pkg install xsane

    Optionally you may similarly install the SANE GUI front-ends, as sane or sane-frontends.

  2. Open scanning GUI
  3. Find scanner: xsane automatically scans for connected scanners. You should see the name of your scanner in the titlebar of each xsane window in a few seconds.

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You can send faxes using Xsane as well.

  1. install Fax frontend
    apt install mgetty-fax
  2. Configure Xsane for Fax

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