Ubuntu – How to map network scanner


I have just bought a shiny new Canon MG6250 multifunction printer/scanner and connected it via LAN. Installing the printing side of things was a breeze, however, I cannot work out how to set up scanning.

I installed the MG6200 series ScanGear MP driver from Canon's site but when I open GIMP or Simple Scan, they say there is no scanner detected. Using GIMP's 'update scanner list' button to search for the scanner does not find it.

How do I tell Ubuntu, GIMP or Simple Scan to look on the network for the scanner? Is there another utility especially for this?

Best Answer

Just got this going today. This is how I got it working over wireless network, running Xubuntu 12.10 64-bit. (No Canon drivers were needed).

After installing xsane:

  • The sane man pages refer to "backendname" a lot. http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html gives the backend name for the 6250 as "pixma"

  • man sane-pixma (seems to be a man entry for each backend) tells you that network scanners should normally be detected, but if not, add them directly to /etc/sane.d/pixma.conf

  • Edit that file and add a line of the format:


  • IP address can be retrieved from the printer settings, or from the options in the printer itself.

  • After adding an entry for the printer, save pixma.conf

  • Now edit /etc/default/saned and set RUN=yes

  • Then: service saned start

  • Run xsane

Now xsane should discover the scanner, and instead of saying "no devices found" and dying, it should run up (brings up about 4 windows). All the default settings seem to work — just press "Scan".

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