Using a Brother MFC 8840D with Ubuntu

Today, I tried to make our Brother MFC 8840D Fax/Scanner/Copier/Printer work with my Laptop that has Ubuntu on it.  I am currently running Hardy Heron 8.04 on it.  Here is what I did:

Downloaded the brscan driver as a .deb file.

I installed sane and xsane, but they were already installed:

sudo apt-get install sane xsane

Then, I installed the driver package:

 sudo dpkg -i brscan-0.2.4-0.i386.deb

Then, I configured it with:

 brsaneconfig -a name=BrotherScanner model="MFC-8840D" ip=

I checked the configuration with:

brsaneconfig -q

These lines looked correct:

Devices on network
  0 BrotherScanner      "MFC-8840D"         I:

I used xsane to scan, and everything worked fine — just like my printer/scanner at home.


Model Compatibility List and Download

Installation Instructions


2 Responses to “Using a Brother MFC 8840D with Ubuntu”

  1. Dave Silva Says:

    Many thanks for the simple and direct description of setting up the Brother Scanner driver. Simpler than the one at the Brother-USA site AND very effective! Kudos!!

  2. digitaleagle Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement

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