Recently I switched to Ubuntu 14.04 trying to give Linux another chance (previously I tried Linux Mint which I find  an excellent distro for users migrating from Windows) and after finishing setting up my ThinkPad W520 I wanted to enable the fingerprint reader.

I found multiple solutions describing how to enable the fingerprint reader using, one of them was using fPrint but it wasn’t so “elegant” as Fingerprint GUI.

Installing ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu

To enable the ThinkPad fingerprint in Ubuntu 14.04 you will need to add the following PPA and install Fingerprint GUI: ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint

Fingerprint GUI 1.05

On the Finger tab you have to register one or more fingers, then log out and log in so the new defaults take effect.

Fingerprint GUI Choose Finger

Now you can unlock your screen and run commands with root privileges using your fingerprints.

Uninstalling Fingerprint GUI

If you decide to uninstall the Fingerprint GUI you must install back the standard PolicyKit daemon.

More information about Fingerprint GUI can be found on the Launchpad project page.

11 thoughts on “ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Todor Velichkov says:

    I recently bought thinkpad t440 and just install ubuntu 14.04 with 3.16.1 kernel. And there is no device shown…anyway this is what lsusb give me
    [email protected]:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8000 Intel Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 5986:0268 Acer, Inc
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 8087:07dc Intel Corp.
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 138a:0017 Validity Sensors, Inc.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    any idea how to make it work?

  2. pablo says:

    I did all process was fine, the problem is when i try to identify with it never get my fingerprint always say failed to match fingerprint, any idea? I windows fingerprint get 4 or 5 scans from same finger could be the problem but I tried as well take all my fingers scan with my right finger and do the same failed to match

  3. Nicu Zecheru says:

    Most probably is the fingerprint sensor since you had difficulties in Windows as well – it collected dust and cannot read as it should. Did you get any errors when registering the fingerprints?

  4. Michael says:

    I’m running a full version of Zorin on a lenovo T520. The software package works fine for the fingerprint reader and I was able to enter fingerprints. The problem is that there is no where in User Accounts, Passwords, or anywhere else to enable the function.

    It never asks for a fingerprint or gives the option of a fingerprint or password for log-in. How do I tell Zorin to ask for a fingerprint?

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