Introduction to XSane

XSane is another front end for SANE-1.0.17. It has additional features to improve the image quality and ease of use compared to xscanimage.

Package Information

XSane Dependencies


GTK+-2.8.20 or GTK+-1.2.10 and SANE-1.0.17 (back ends)


LibTIFF-3.8.2, libjpeg-6b and GIMP-2.2.12

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/xsane

Installation of XSane

Install XSane by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

Now, as the root user:

make install

If GIMP is installed, issue the following command as the root user:

ln -v -s /usr/bin/xsane /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/

Command Explanations

ln -v -s /usr/bin/xsane /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/: This creates a link in the system-wide GIMP plug-ins directory so that users can access XSane directly from GIMP. GIMP must be available before building XSane for this to work. Alternatively, create the link in ~/.gimp-2.0/plug-ins/ to provide individual user access. man xsane for additional information.


Installed Program: xsane
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/sane/xsane

Short Descriptions


is a graphical user-interface to control an image acquisition device such as a flatbed scanner.

Last updated on 2006-06-21 11:26:07 -0500