Last reply by 06-21-2022 Unsolved
Start a Discussion
2 Bronze
2 Bronze

XPS 13 9300 - Does fingerprint reader work on linux?

Hi! I purchased the new xps 13 9300 a little while ago. It comes with Windows pre-installed, so I deleted it and installed Ubuntu instead. This works almost perfect, except the fingerprint reader(FPR).

The manufacture of the FPR on xps 13, Goodix was notorious for not providing linux driver, and the issue has been discussed within XPS/linux users so far. However for the new xps 13, finally FPR was supported with xps 13 Developer edition with Ubuntu 18.04 pre-installed.

Replies (42)
2 Bronze
2 Bronze

According to Dell's website, support for the fingerprint reader, even for the Linux pre-installed version will come on mid 2020.



2 Bronze
2 Bronze

same for me, I installed the fingerprint gui but it doesn't recognize the hardware


Good spot! Looking forward to being able to use this.

2 Bronze
2 Bronze

Hi just about to purchase, fed up with Windows - any chance you could link to a reliable article to wipe wimdows and install 20.04? Newbie at this so clueless  For some reason Windows version is cheaper in UK than the Ubuntu one


@broughy100 Just put Ubuntu onto a USB stick, go into the BIOS and disable Intel Rapid Store (switch it to AHCI mode), and finally boot from the Ubuntu USB stick as per the install instructions. You must do it in that order because Windows wont boot to be able to create the USB stick if you switch to AHCI mode, but you can switch back.

If you want windows and Ubuntu at the same time:

2 Bronze
2 Bronze

What is the repo URL for Dell packages?


which finger print gui are you referring too? 



I too am trying to figure out how to install dell drivers on Ubuntu 20.04.

3 Argentum

Yes it does as well as the IR Camera using Howdy...

Here's the script to add the appropriate repositories and install the drivers.


sudo sh -c 'cat > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/focal-dell.list << EOF
deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-dell public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-dell public

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-oem public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-oem public

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville public

deb http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/ focal-somerville-melisa public
# deb-src http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates focal-somerville-melisa public
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys F9FDA6BED73CDC22
sudo apt update -qq

sudo apt install oem-somerville-melisa-meta libfprint-2-tod1-goodix oem-somerville-meta tlp-config -y

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:boltgolt/howdy -y
sudo apt update -qq
sudo apt install howdy -y

~Daniel N. | Staff Systems Engineer | Austin, Texas
Latest Solutions
Top Contributor