Index of XSane documentation


XSane mode: xsane-target
Scan options

Medium selection

Color management

Color correction:
Standard options window

Advanced options window

Batch scan:

What is XSane?

XSane is a graphical scanning frontend for SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy). It uses the SANE-library to talk to scanners. This means that XSane does not support any scanners itself. Take a look at the SANE-backends homepage to find out which scanners are supported by SANE.

XSane is designed for acquiring images with scanners (there are other devices like cameras and videodevices supported by SANE and you will see that xsane may support some basic functions of those devices, but XSane is not designed for that purpose).

XSane can do different things with the acquired images:

XSane can also be started from the GIMP as Gimp plugin.


Before you start scanning please go through all setup pages. XSane may not work correct or you may not be able to take full advantage of all functions if you do not configure XSane correctly.

Homepage of XSane:

A personal plea:

Most problems that occur while working with xsane are problems with the configuration of the backend (scanner driver) or the operating system. I do not have the knowledge and I do not have the time to answer all these questions. When you have problems with your scanner (e.g. the scanner is not recogniced, the scanner does not do what you expect, etc.) then please contact the SANE-devel mailing list or the author of the backend that supports your scanner unless you have a good reason to expect that it is a problem of the graphical frontend (XSane) and not a problem of the sane-backend.

Author of XSane:

Oliver Rauch

Author: Oliver Rauch