Getting Multifunction Printers to scan under Linux can be a bit of a pain. The Samsung SCX-3400 I had to install recently was no exception.

Here are the necessary steps I had to perform:

  1. Ignore all Samsung Provided CD’s and downloads. They do not work under Oneiric Ocelot (11.10)
  2. Add Samsung Unified Driver repository
  3. Install Samsung drivers and libsane-extras
  4. Edit sane configuration files
vim /etc/apt/sources.list
#add the Samsung Unified Driver Repo
deb debian extra
apt-key add suldr.gpg
apt-get update
apt-get install samsungmfp-data samsungmfp-driver samsungmfp-network samsungmfp-scanner samsungmfp-configurator-data samsungmfp-configurator-qt4 libsane-extras

The following sane config files need to be modified (add lines)


# Samsung SCX-3400
usb 0x04e8 0x344f


# Samsung SCX-3400
ATTRS{idVendor}=="04e8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="344f", ENV{libsane_matched}="yes"

The entries above are for the SCX-3400 model. To find the USB ID’s for other models use


Thanks to the following Ubuntu Forum participants for providing some the tips:

Leo Gaggl

ict business owner specialising in mobile learning systems. interests: sustainability, internet of things, ict for development, open innovation, agriculture

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. guest

    thanks, worked perfectly

  2. guest1

    yeahhhh works perfect, thx

  3. guest guest

    Worked just fine ! thanks

  4. Lucas Cambuim

    very nice!

  5. Monfraide

    Parfait !!! Merci beaucoup !!!

  6. hatti

    thank you very much.

    scanner used to work on karmic koala without any tinkering,but there was a problem on lucid lynx.
    now it’s fine!

  7. Rafael

    Thanks, worked perfectly!

  8. yves

    Un grand merci !

  9. Sergei

    Works great with scx-3405 – Thanks a lot !

  10. Pat120

    Merci beaucoup c’est parfait ! Très bien décrit

  11. vin

    Thank you very much!
    It works fine with my new scx-3405fw.

  12. Gabriela

    Thank you very much !!! You really help me out as hell !! I almost thought about my purchase was in vain. Thanks a lot…really! ‘:D
    *The happiest girl at this moment! Scanner recognize! Yuppieeee!

    -> Ubuntu 12.4 user
    -> Printer Multifunctional Samsung SCX-3405W

  13. Reiner

    München, 03.02.2013

    Thank you very much!!!

  14. jan-Olof


    If you have a Samsung CLX 3305 this works perfect as well. Only change cxs 3400 to clx 3300 and “344f” to “3456”


  15. jan-Olof

    One more comment; I used Ubuntu 12.04.

  16. Simon

    Thanks, works!

  17. Reiner

    Thanks you very much
    Worked super

  18. alvaro hypolito

    does it work for ubuntu 10.04 and samsung scx-3405w?

  19. Leo Gaggl

    Not sure – haven’t used 10.04 for a long time. All of my systems are on 12.04 or 13.04.

  20. Edwar Salazar

    probado en ubuntu 12.04 y funciona ok

  21. Edwar Salazar

    funciona en ubuntu 12.04.2 impresora y scaner scx 3405w

  22. Pasqualino Imbemba

    I did follow your procedure (using ubuntu 12.04 64 bit and Samsung SCX-3400) but have a partial success: test page prints, as well as pure text documents. JPegs and documents containing pictures however are not printed. I see the jobs ending in queue, but then they vanish and the printer doesn’t react.

  23. Pieter

    Just got Samsung SCX-3405W working on Ubuntu 12.04LTS. Works great. Thank you so much for this excellent post!

  24. George Pligor

    thanks it worked well so far. Really appreciate for sharing!

  25. Felix


  26. Daniel

    Its an awesome easy to use guide. Worked first time.

  27. Marius

    You are the man! Had to edit the sane configuration files to get it working. Great guide! Thank you very much for saving me a ton of frustration.

  28. calogero

    Hello Sears
    i installed Samsung SCX 3400 as these instructions, but the printer doesn’t work …when it is turn on!
    if i do a print when it is turn off, then i turn on the printer i get the prints
    tha scanner works nicely

    Can You help me?

  29. jhyfisher

    Thanks, just what I needed, worked perfectly

  30. Giovanni

    Great! Now my samsung printer work perfectly! greetings from Lecce!

  31. bilka

    thx ! worked on 12.04 too

  32. Soeldner

    works Mint 17, thx

  33. Alisson

    thanks, worked perfectly!
    obrigado amigo, funcionou perfeitamente. Me salvou.

  34. Kees

    Thanks for this guide, it allowed me to install my SCX-3400w printer flawlessly.

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