Installing Samsung Multifunction Printer – Ubuntu 11.10

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:

Author: Leo Gaggl

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

39 thoughts on “Installing Samsung Multifunction Printer – Ubuntu 11.10”

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. Hello!

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


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

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