Install drivers for Epson scanners
Sometimes your Epson scanner might work out of the box, and sometimes it might not. First, make sure you have SANE installed on your machine1. Second look through the website, most scanners are supported out of the box, but about 15% of them either aren’t supported or are untested.
Complete or Good§
If your scanner falls into the first category, labeled “Complete” or “Good”, you probably have an issue with SANE.
Make sure the
saned service is running without errors2:
systemctl status saned.service
and make sure the sane-epson2 (or sane-epson) back-end is enabled, you should have
epson) without a leading
epkowa plus non-free interpreter§
If it’s unsupported and there is a note
supported by the epkowa backend plus non-free interpreter
you can still make it work. You’ll have to get the non-free (free as in publicly available source code, you don’t have to pay for anything) Epson Scan 2 software.
It can be downloaded from the support site as a
If your system doesn’t natively work with any of those (i.e. it isn’t listed under “Distribution” and isn’t some sort of derivative of those), you can still try the
rpmwith your package manager
Download the 32 or 64 bit [ rpm ] package
tar -xf epsonscan2-bundle-SOMETHING.rpm.tar.gz
Install the core application and non-free plugins with rpm
sudo rpm -Uvh --nodeps ./epsonscan2-bundle-SOMETHING.rpm/core/epsonscan2-SOMETHING.rpm ./epsonscan2-bundle-SOMETHING.rpm/plugins/epsonscan2-non-free-plugin-SOMETHING.rpm
Alternatively, you can install the
deb package with
dpkg or build and install it from source (source file is available at the bottom of the support site).
You will need3 to install
iscan, which usually provides the aforementioned
Also make sure you have
/etc/sane.d/dll.conf without a leading
Finally, only for the very first time after connecting your powered-on scanner, start “Epson Scan 2”, select it and press “Next”. The drivers should automatically be installed and you can close the window and use your own scanning software of choice afterwards.