Fingerprint GUI

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Packages for Fingerprint GUI (

NOTE: Fingerprint GUI is no longer maintained and is not compatible with Ubuntu 20.04 and newer

Supported readers (run command lsusb to find out the ID of your reader)
     0483:2015    147e:1003    147e:3000
     0483:2016    147e:2015    147e:3001
     147e:1000    147e:2016    147e:5002
     147e:1001    147e:2020    147e:5003

0. First of all, if you have installed Fingerprint GUI manually before, get rid of it completely. Remove all binaries, shared libraries, any other files and undo all the changes you have made to your system config files (especially to files under /etc/pam.d/).

1. Add this PPA to your sources:

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

2. Install the packages:

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

3. Log out of your session and log back in (we need the new session defaults to be picked up).

After installation launch “Fingerprint GUI” and enrol your fingerprints.
That should be all you need to do!
Try locking your screen, logging out and in, sudo in terminal and running graphical apps requiring root privileges.

GNOME users: The package policykit-1-fingerprint-gui replaces GNOME's standard PolicyKit daemon (contained in package policykit-1-gnome). However, when you decide to uninstall Fingerprint GUI (and hence remove policykit-1-fingerprint-gui), policykit-1-gnome will not get automatically installed back, hence there won't be any PolicyKit daemon in the system, and APT will try to remove all the packages that depend on it. Therefore, if you want to remove Fingerprint GUI, make sure you install policykit-1-gnome back first.
   sudo apt-get install policykit-1-gnome
   sudo apt-get remove fingerprint-gui

KDE SC users: The above instructions for GNOME users apply to you as well, just replace “policykit-1-gnome” by “polkit-kde-1” throughout the text.

Note for KDE SC users
Please note that Fingerprint GUI doesn't work with kdm and kscreensaver because of a bug in these applications (see

Note for Lubuntu users
lxdm does not properly support alternative authentication methods in the PAM stack. If you want to use fingerprint-gui with Lubuntu, you should install lightdm and lightdm-gtk-greeter.

If something doesn't work as you expect, you can try one of the following steps:
 • In terminal run "sudo pam-auth-update". Make sure that the PAM profile called “Fingerprint authentication by Fingerprint GUI” is on top of the list and active. Otherwise, you may try resetting your PAM to system defaults with "sudo pam-auth-update --force".
 • Check /var/log/auth.log for any clues. Fingerprint GUI is set up to run in debugging mode by default.

Bugs & Contact
If you think you have found a bug in the programme itself, the best way to report it is through the upstream forums at .
For issues with the packaging contact the package maintainer:

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui to your system's Software Sources. (Read about installing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui
sudo apt update
Technical details about this PPA

This PPA can be added to your system manually by copying the lines below and adding them to your system's software sources.

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Signing key:
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For questions and bugs with software in this PPA please contact Fingerprint readers integration.

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fingerprint-gui 1.09-dfsg1-0ppa2~xenial1 David Jurenka ()
fingerprint-gui 1.09-dfsg1-0ppa2~focal2 David Jurenka ()
fingerprint-gui 1.09-dfsg1-0ppa2~eoan1 David Jurenka ()
fingerprint-gui 1.09-dfsg1-0ppa2~bionic1 David Jurenka ()
fingerprint-gui 1.09-dfsg1-0ppa1~trusty1 David Jurenka ()
libbsapi 4.3~rc1+build4.3.291+dfsg2-0ppa1 David Jurenka ()
libbsapi 4.3~rc1+build4.3.291+dfsg2-0ppa1 David Jurenka ()
libbsapi 4.3~rc1+build4.3.291+dfsg2-0ppa1 David Jurenka ()
libbsapi 4.3~rc1+build4.3.291+dfsg2-0ppa1 David Jurenka ()
libbsapi 4.3~rc1+build4.3.291+dfsg2-0ppa1 David Jurenka ()
libfprint 1:0.7.0-git20180311-1-0ppa1~xenial1 David Jurenka ()
libfprint 1:0.7.0-git20180311-1-0ppa1~trusty1 David Jurenka ()
libfprint 1:0.7.0-git20180311-1-0ppa1~bionic1 David Jurenka ()
113 of 13 results

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  • fingerprint-gui 202 weeks ago
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