This has been tested with the following scanners, but should works with all UMAX AstraNET scanners

The software, Sane, is used for scanners in Linux. The UMAX AstraNET scanners uses the plustek driver, which is included in sane-backends, the driver set for Sane.

Sane is very easy to install, and configure for the plustek based scanners.

Software requirements


Install From SourceEdit

  1. Download: Sane-backends
    • The plustek driver is included
  2. Decompress:
    • Execute: tar zxvf sane-backends-*.tar.gz
  3. Enter Director:
    • Execute: cd sane-backends-*/
  4. Configure:
    • Execute: ./configure
      • Recommended: ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --mandir=/usr/share/man --infodir=/usr/share/info
  5. Compile:
    • Execute: make
  6. Install
    • Execute: make install
  7. Edit: /etc/sane.d/dll.conf
  8. Make sure the line plustek is in the file

For more details see

Install in GentooEdit

  1. Edit: /etc/make.conf
    • Add line: SANE_BACKENDS="plustek"
  2. Execute: emerge sane-backends
  3. Edit: /etc/sane.d/dll.conf
  4. Make sure the line plustek is in the file

For more details see


usbutils: lsusb

  1. Install:
  2. Execute: lsusb
    • Example output
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1606:0160 Umax [hex] Astra 5400U
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

sane: sane-find-scanner

  • Execute: sane-find-scanner
    • Example output:
  # sane-find-scanner will now attempt to detect your scanner. If the
  # result is different from what you expected, first make sure your
  # scanner is powered up and properly connected to your computer.

  # No SCSI scanners found. If you expected something different, make sure that
  # you have loaded a kernel SCSI driver for your SCSI adapter.

found USB scanner (vendor=0x1606 [UMAX], product=0x0160 [USB SCANNER], chip=LM9832/3) at libusb:002:003
  # Your USB scanner was (probably) detected. It may or may not be supported by
  # SANE. Try scanimage -L and read the backend's manpage.

  # Not checking for parallel port scanners.

  # Most Scanners connected to the parallel port or other proprietary ports
  # can't be detected by this program.

sane: scanimage

  • Execute: scanimage -L
    • Example output:
device `plustek:libusb:002:003' is a UMAX 5400 USB flatbed scanner

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