SANE - Documentation
FAQ, HOWTO, Tutorial, Saned
Install SANE on Linux >= 2.6: Read INSTALL.linux.
Trouble with SANE and USB scanners, e.g. when updating from Linux 2.4 to
2.6 or does scanning only work as root? Read README.linux.
Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ): The SANE FAQ was originally created by Nicolas de Peslouan and is now maintained
by ljm Dullaart.
The Scanner HOWTO was written by Howard Shane to document the steps necessary for access and
use of a photographic scanner device on a system running Linux. Despite it's a Linux HOWTO,
most of the contents is useful for other platforms, too.
Tutorial: The SANE Scanner Interface: A tutorial on the ideas behind
SANE appeared in Linux Journal Issue 47, March 1998. This is an HTML "reprint" of that
article. Keep in mind that the article is quite old. The basic ideas are still true,
Saned, the SANE Network
Scanning Daemon: How to set up the SANE Network Daemon is explained here.
SANE Standard Version 1.0 (stable)
The document for the SANE API and the network protocol is
available in a number of formats:
Miscellaneous Documentation for SANE Programmers
The following documentation is for developers who intend to include their backends/frontend in
the SANE distribution or want to use the framework of the SANE distribution.
The page about contributing to SANE contains some basic
information on how to start writing a backend.
The sane-backends distribution comes with a file doc/backend-writing.txt which contains a lot of hints on
how to write a backend.
The sanei functions should be used by backend programmers whenever
possible. They contain code for hardware and file access and lots of little helper
GTK+: The GTK+ toolkit is used by
the graphical frontends that come with SANE.
SCSI-2 draft: This manual is useful to learn about
SCSI in general and also has a section on scanner-related commands. A
PDF version is also available.