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March 12th, 2020 04:00

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.

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March 14th, 2020 11:00

According to Dell's website, support for the fingerprint reader, even for the Linux pre-installed version will come on mid 2020.,10673

April 7th, 2020 23:00

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

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April 10th, 2020 19:00

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

April 14th, 2020 02:00

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

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April 21st, 2020 13:00

@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:

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May 13th, 2020 10:00

What is the repo URL for Dell packages?

May 14th, 2020 09:00

which finger print gui are you referring too? 


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May 15th, 2020 22:00

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

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June 16th, 2020 12:00

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 focal-dell public
# deb-src focal-dell public

deb focal-oem public
# deb-src focal-oem public

deb focal-somerville public
# deb-src focal-somerville public

deb focal-somerville-melisa public
# deb-src focal-somerville-melisa public
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --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

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June 24th, 2020 08:00

Hi @DanielNTX . 

Do you know if there is any plans to backport this to older versions of the reader (XPS 7590, Goodix 5395 specifically)? 


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June 24th, 2020 08:00

Face recognition works great but boy does it wreck battery life (even when closed/suspended). I had to uninstall it but it was nice to know it worked in Ubuntu 20.04.


As we all know, the webcam is in the absolute worst spot on any laptop ever made. 

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July 19th, 2020 00:00

Hi @DanielNTX, would this work on the XPS 15 9500? And is there any chance this driver could be published for Red Hat/Fedora/other RPM-based distros too? Thanks in advance.

July 19th, 2020 12:00

That my friend in mint! works really well....


July 24th, 2020 12:00

Hi @DanielNTX , thanks for sharing!


I have a XPS 13" 7390 2-in-1. Are these packages supposed to work in my Goodix fingerprint reader as well?

This is the device id, I don't have a 9300, so I don't know if it's the same:

$ lsusb |grep oodix
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 27c6:532d Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co.,Ltd. FingerPrint


I installed the suggested packages anyway, but no avail:

$ sudo apt install oem-somerville-melisa-meta libfprint-2-tod1-goodix oem-somerville-meta tlp-config -y
[sudo] password for sscarduzio:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
oem-somerville-meta is already the newest version (20.04ubuntu9).
tlp-config is already the newest version (
libfprint-2-tod1-goodix is already the newest version (0.0.4-0ubuntu1somerville1).
oem-somerville-melisa-meta is already the newest version (20.04ubuntu6).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.

$ fprintd-enroll
list_devices failed: No devices available


Any advice?


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July 29th, 2020 01:00

I recently downloaded the drivers mentioned by @DanielNTX but found my fingerprint sensor on my xps wasn't supported. Is there a timeline for support for the 0x27C6 0x5395 model goodpix fingerprint sensor?

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