Ubuntu – Unable to use fingerprint sensor on asus vivobook pro

17.10asusfingerprint reader

I have an asus vivobook pro with ubuntu 17.10 installed, i spent days trying to figure out how to set up and use the fingerprint scanner. Both fingerprint-gui and fprint don't see any device available. This is the output of lsusb:
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 8087:0a2b Intel Corp.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04f2:b57a Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Best Answer

  • Actually, lsusb command in some case, as for my ASUS VivoBook PRO can show no info about the touchpad / fingerprint reader.

    Anyway Device ID can be acquired from commands:

    cat /proc/bus/input/devices | grep -i "Mouse\|Touchpad"
    xinput list | grep -i "Mouse\|Touchpad"

    Then you can check if your device has a supported driver for libprint here:


    Unfortunately although touchpad works well even , fingerprint reader integrated in the touchpad of Asus Vivobook S15 is neither recognized in ubuntu as an USB device (lsusb) nor as a libfprint device (fingerprint-gui -d).

    If not present in the list above you cannot use it with ubuntu until driver will be implemented to work with libprint.