Ubuntu – How to get a Brother DCP-7065DN printer working


I had the scanner working in Ubuntu 12.04, but now when I try to launch xsane, I get a scanner not found error: brsaneconfig4 -q | grep 7065 produces the following output:

144 "DCP-7065DN"
0 DCP-7065DN          "DCP-7065DN"        I:

Edit: The problem was with setting a manual IP on the scanner. If I assign the IP address via DHCP, the scanner works!

Best Answer

Visit the page linked below:

Printer Driver | Downloads | DCP-7065DN | United States | Brother - linux-brprinter-installer-2.2.1-1.gz

Select Linux and .deb then click search

Download the Driver Install tool.

Open with file roller(aka archive manager) and extract to your home directory.

Open Files, Click on Home

right click on linux-brprinter-installer-2.1.1-1 go to properties, permissions and check the box allow executing as program or after opening the terminal as described below issue the command chmod +x ./linux-brprinter-installer-2.1.1-1

Open a terminal with CtrlAltt

issue the commands:

sudo su


at Input Model Name enter DCP-7065DN

You will be presented with:

You are going to install following packages.

Agree to this.

You will then be asked to agree to their terms several times. Respond in the affirmative. After a short delay it will ask if you will specify the device URI specify yes – prompted with a number of choices I chose the IP option (12 or 10 in my case)

Enter IP address of printer. (You can set this via the front panel of the printer see note below)

Press Enter when prompted

Note: The leading zeros required on the printer setup will break the sane configuration if you include them so strip them out. example (printer ip = script input otherwise you get this:

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

--- ping statistics ---
11 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 9999ms

If this happens to you, use brsaneconfig4 to fix it by removing the faulty configuration with

brsaneconfig4 -r DCP7065DN

and then re-adding it with for example (your IP will likely be different)

brsaneconfig4 -a name=DCP7065DN model=DCP7065DN ip=

Note: I'm leaving the hyphen out of the model number, for some reason i had issues when I left them in.

Printing and scanning via SimpleScan or Xsane now functions

Tested on Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit and 64-bit as well as 16.04 64-bit and 18.04 64 bit. Note: for 18.04 if you want to use xsane rather than Simple Scan you'll have to install it first with sudo apt install xsane