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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.


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


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