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Getting the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner Working on ElementaryOS Juno and Ubuntu 18.04

I recently bought an Epson Perfection V600 scanner to digitize some old family photo and found after downloading and installing the drivers from Epson’s website

and installing the driver and software installation deb files in order
1: iscan-data_1.36.0-1_all.deb (data folder)
2: iscan_2.30.2-2_amd64.deb (core folder)
3: iscan-plugin-gt-x820_2.2.0-1_amd64.deb (plugin folder)

The scanner would simply not be detected properly. sane-find-scanner would find the scanner but scanimage -Lwould not detect it and I would get the message


After some research, it turns out the problem seems to be related to missing symlinks to the epkowa (SEIKO EPSON) libraries in the /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane (or, more generically,/usr/lib/$(uname -m)-linux-gnu/sane) folder.

To correct this and get the scanner working do the following:
1.Create the symlinks

sudo ln -sfr /usr/lib/sane/libsane-epkowa* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane

  1. Added a 820-epson-libsane.rules file to /etc/udev/rules.d/

sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/820-epson-libsane.rules

3: Then add the following lines to the file and save:

SUBSYSTEM==“usb”, ENV{DEVTYPE}==“usb_device”, MODE==“0666”
SUBSYSTEM==“usb_device”, MODE==“0666”

ATTRS{manufacturer}==“EPSON”, DRIVERS==“usb”, SUBSYSTEMS==“usb”, ATTRS{idVendor}==“04b8”, ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE=“0666”

ATTRS{idVendor}==“04b8”, ATTRS{idProduct}==“013a”, MODE=“0666”, GROUP=“scanner”, ENV{libsane_matched}=“yes”

4: Finally I unplugged / plugged the scanner back into a USB port and ran the scanimage in the terminal

sudo scanimage -L

Result should be:

device `epkowa:interpreter:007:017’ is a Epson Perfection V600 Photo flatbed scanner

The scanner should be detected once reconnected and powered on even before running scanimage -L

It seems this is a problem with Ubuntu 18.04. The scanner seems to be detected in other versions of Ubuntu
Hopefully this helps others


Have you tried VueScan?


Thanks for the contribution bro! This is very helpful.

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It’s a very awesome piece of software. I’ve used it for old unsupported film scanners and it worked great :smiley:


Thanks for the feedback, really glad the post is helpful

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will have a look at it. Need something that’s good for image correction, especially fixing things like sun fading of pictures

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Running Desktop: Gnome 3.28.4 Distro: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

I installed the latest drivers, now from 8/19, and I was able to see the scanner before I followed your instructions using sudo sane-find-scanner or sudo scanimage -L but not without sudo

I followed your directions and got the same result.

My guess is that the scanner apps don’t run as sudo, so how do I get this thing working?

[email protected]:~$ sudo scanimage -L
device `epkowa:interpreter:003:007' is a Epson Perfection V600 Photo flatbed scanner

[email protected]:~$ scanimage -L
No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something different,
check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).

Turns out that running sudo simple-scan from the command prompt works.

Glad you figured it out. Just seeing your post now.

I should have said, I use the XSane Image scanning program. It seems to open Simple Scan automatically when I run it. Because I am scanning multi-page docs or photos that require some editing, XSane seemed to be the best all round application for me. It is quite a bit featured and looks complicated but it’s surprisingly easy to use. Simple Scan is really just there to make sure the scanner is connected.