Scan to PDF using gscan2pdf in Ubuntu

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A GUI to ease the process of producing a multipage PDF from a scan. gscan2pdf should work on almost any Linux/BSD machine.

Install gscan2pdf in Ubuntu

You need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line save the file and exit

deb binary/

Now you need to update the source list with the following comamnd

sudo apt-get update

install gscan2pdf with the following command

sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf

This will install all the required packages.

If you want to open gscan2pdf go to Applications--->Graphics--->gscan2pdf

Once it open you should see the following screen

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11 Responses

  1. Luca says:

    Great software
    Thank you so much

  2. guido dom says:

    How to change the ocr language from German (Duits) to Dutch (Nederlands)?

  3. Josh says:

    Guido: You need to install Tesseract’s Dutch language files.

    sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr-nld

  4. guido dom says:

    Perfect Josh, thanks from Nieuwpoort, Belgium

  5. MM says:


    This is a great linux app. I have and HP all-in-one scaner fax printer and it is so easy to scan as jpg and or covert to pdf. I think gscan is easier to use than xsane.


  6. Juan says:

    Thanks a lot!
    Intrepid i just did the
    sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf
    so easy.

  7. RB says:

    Saved the day after mucking abut with xsane tnx!

  8. Grebneke says:

    Thank you, that was very helpful!

  9. Andrew Rowe says:

    What settings should I put on the ‘geometry’ section of the ‘scan document’ dialogue? I need to know what numbers to have in ‘top left x’ and top left y” bottom right x’ and ‘bottom right y’ and ‘page width’ and page height’. I simply want to scan ordinary A4 douments! Help please!! Thanks

  10. Pedro says:

    How to make multiple page scans with Gscan2pdf?
    I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and just installed the software. It works beautifully if it is a one-page document. However, in a multiple page document, it does not stop to allow for change of pages: it scans page 01 and goes on nonstop scanning page 01 again and again. Tks

  11. Hamstersniffer says:

    Wow, THIS is exactly why Linux will never be adopted into the mainstream computing world.

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