ThinkPad X220: Installation of Fingerprint Reader on Xubuntu Linux

2014-02-25 Hardware

Natively Xubuntu (as well as any other version of *ubuntu) does not support fingerprint reader. To enable this feature and use it as an alternative way of authentication, you have to install additional package. One of them is called Fingerprint GUI and it supports several fingerprint reader devices.

First of all open terminal and check if yours is supported. Type:


In my case below result appeared:

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 04b3:310c IBM Corp. Wheel Mouse
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f2:b217 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Lenovo Integrated Camera (0.3MP)
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 147e:2016 Upek Biometric Touchchip/Touchstrip Fingerprint Sensor
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Upek Biometric Touchchip/Touchstrip Fingerprint Sensor is the key and value for it:


Now take a look of this table:

ID’s of supported fingerprint readers

045e:00bb 08ff:1686 08ff:2686 147e:1002
045e:00bc 08ff:1687 08ff:2687 147e:1003
045e:00bd 08ff:1688 08ff:2688 147e:2015
045e:00ca 08ff:1689 08ff:2689 147e:2016
0483:2015 08ff:168a 08ff:268a 147e:2016
0483:2015 08ff:168b 08ff:268b 147e:2020
0483:2016 08ff:168c 08ff:268c 147e:2020
0483:2016 08ff:168d 08ff:268d 147e:3000
05ba:0007 08ff:168e 08ff:268e 147e:3001
05ba:0008 08ff:168f 08ff:268f 147e:3001
05ba:000a 08ff:2500 08ff:2691 147e:5002
061a:0110 08ff:2550 08ff:2810 147e:5003
08ff:1600 08ff:2580 08ff:5501 1c7a:0603
08ff:1660 08ff:2660 08ff:5731
08ff:1680 08ff:2680 138a:0001
08ff:1681 08ff:2681 138a:0005
08ff:1682 08ff:2682 138a:0008
08ff:1683 08ff:2683 147e:1000
08ff:1684 08ff:2684 147e:1000
08ff:1685 08ff:2685 147e:1001

Installation of Fingerprint GUI

Using terminal add new PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui

and update repositories:

sudo apt-get update

Now install packages:

sudo apt-get install libbsapi policykit-1-fingerprint-gui fingerprint-gui

Last thing to do is to log out and log in back to your computer.

Acquiring and saving you fingerprints


If you watched carefully the process of installation, you have probably noticed that package:


has been removed. Before you will uninstall Fingerprint UI, you need to install back this package.

Interminal type:

sudo apt-get install policykit-1-gnome

and finally:

sudo apt-get remove fingerprint-gui

Fingerprint GUI does not work correctly?

Here are useful commands:

sudo pam-auth-update


sudo pam-auth-update --force

Keep an eye on:


Eveything has been tested on Xubuntu. It should work as well on Ubuntu. Problems may be using Fingerprint GUI with KDE (Kubuntu).