LightScribe – Simple Labeler Install in Ubuntu

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Your labels can be whatever you want them to be. Create one-of-a-kind designs with your own photos, text, and artwork using your label-making software. Or choose from the many free backgrounds the software provides.


You will need a LightScribe drive and a blank LightScribe CD or DVD.

Go to the Downloads section from here and get the two deb packages, then double click to install.

LightScribe System Software

LightScribe Simple Labeler

After both are installed make a launcher for it.

Note: You can also double click on the SimpleLabeler file to start it.

File Location: Filesystem/opt/lightscribeApplications/SimpleLabeler

Go to Main Menu -- System > Preferences

Under Applications click Accessories to the left, then to the right hit New Item.

Now click on the image icon (upper left), then Copy-and-Past below location in.

Note: Navigating to a icon image and selecting it does not work for some reason.


Type: Application
Name: LightScribe (Simple)
Command: /opt/lightscribeApplications/SimpleLabeler/SimpleLabeler
Comment: Simple CD/DVD Labeler

Start LightScribe (Simple) -- Applications > Accessories

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19 Responses

  1. Don’t forget LightScribe Labeler for Linux (4L), that allows you to use an image or photo as a label.
    Unfortunately, only RPMs are provided, but they can be easily converted with alien.

  2. Simple Labeler is what it says it is – SIMPLE. What I need most is an ability to add pictures that I have created myself. Is there any software that would do that? I was so far unsuccessful in finding anything.

  3. Matt says:

    Whilst this software is ok I prefer the LaCie LightScribe Linux Labeller.

    I utilize both.

    The one you mentioned for simple labels, and the LaCie software for more advanced labelling.

  4. The problem with LaCie software is that you have to use their host software too and it does not allow tweak for darker images.

    So the choice is: no custom background but dark enough or custom background but very light image.

  5. remu says:

    What about 64bit? Would be nice to see a guide for x86_64 architecture!

  6. Ryan says:

    Awesome,finally a nice easy way to use my lightscribe drive. Nice job!

  7. James says:

    I too need the 64bit one. Any hope here soon?

  8. eluminx says:

    I’m with Remu on this one, it would be nice if they could finally bring out the 64bit version. I been waiting for it for a while now, actually i been waiting for both 4l and the simple labeler…

  9. Tom says:

    amd64 users go here
    or use a 32bit chroot-ted environment

  10. Luca says:

    @Karolis: if you need darker images, just burn the same disc twice. It works perfectly.

  11. @ Luca »

    Does the device recognize how the image is positioned on the disc? Sounds unbelievable, but I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

  12. Luca says:

    @Karolis: yes it does. That’s what those “bar-code-like” inscriptions on the perimeter of the inner circle of the discs are for.

  13. USING the instructions found here

    I installed LaCie and 4L

    I purchased an hp dvd1040 drive and have been scribing a logo for a band onto the disks

    the logo must have a black background as shown

    I haven’t been able to find any white disks does any one know if they exist?

    Im having a problem with the quality of my scribed disks you can clearly
    see rings on all the disks the (the rings are more distinguishable and less
    consistent as i scribe the same disk multiple times) and the disk is not
    dark enough for my purpose after 1 or 2 scribes.

    go to this page to see 12 mega pixle pics of my disks

    has anyone else experienced this, could my drive be falty?

    any solutions?

  14. Marc says:


    For those of you having problems installing the “lightscribe-” package in Ubuntu 8.1 (the first package):

    Open a terminal window and
    go to the directory where the package is.

    sudo dpkg -i --force-all lightscribe-

    This does the trick!

    The second package installs flawlessly via command-line or the gui package manager.



  15. folgers says:

    I am using the LaCie labeling software, but not their host software. I am using the newer linux host software from with LaCie labeling software. I suspect LaCie used the developmental tools from when writing their software.

    Perhaps this might be of help to a person that posted only LaCie host software had to be used with LaCie labeler.

    I did have to use a BASH script to ask for my password, so that I could add a button to the GUI to start the labeling software with permission to print.

  16. Gary Stauffer says:

    Hey thanks for the info, I have been trying to figure this out for about 48 hours, why when I installed it, I couldn’t find it. Learning Ubuntu, now if I can just remember how to the next time, I have this problem.

  17. Gotit says:

    If you installed LaCie grab the manual here:

    You can bring up the gui by opening the terminal and typing 4L-gui

  18. TJS says:

    And now I bow to you as if you are a god.

    Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial!

  19. KWW says:

    Thank you very much! It worked like a charm!

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