Scan and fax in Linux and BSD using Xsane

Linux and BSD can scan documents and fax using SANE.

Scan

  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
    xsane
    
  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.

    If you have trouble, try

    sane-find-scanner
    

Fax

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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