Authentec Fingerprint Scanners - Full Specifications (AES2810 & AES2550)

Last year, I wrote about how Authentec wouldn't support their fingerprint readers on Linux. I've been chatting to the good folk at Authentec, and they've agreed to release the specification documents!

So if you want to code up an interface for the AES2810 or AES2550 you can!

A word of note, the best way to get the latest version of these documents is to register for the Authentec Developer Program. You then need to drop the team a note asking to get access to these specific documents - devportal AT

That way you will get informed when there is a new release of other sensor's specs or updates.

So, here are the documents 🙂

NB, I specifically asked the development team about sharing these files. They said:

Since we have released the documents without requiring any NDA or other such agreement signing we can't prevent you from sharing them.

29 thoughts on “Authentec Fingerprint Scanners - Full Specifications (AES2810 & AES2550)

    1. says:

      I've received aes2550 scanner from AuthenTec few days ago and now working on aes2550/aes2810 driver for libfprint. Just wait a bit 😉

          1. Xavier Mendez says:

            Great! I'll see if I can colaborate with you to get this done. 🙂

          2. says:

            Just pushed first working (for me) version into aes2550 branch. Driver should work for both AES2550 and AES2810 devices

      1. Seegal Galguntijak says:

        This seems to be a fork of the libfprint driver lib. Will your adaptation of the drivers be submitted into the official libfprint project as well?

  1. szerencl says:

    Very nice to see this! I can also help with testing the AES2810. Finally there is a chance to get the fingerprint reader working on Thinkpad T/R/X?00 series...

  2. Luvk1 says:

    I have an x200 tablet and have been checking the github often. Thanks for the effort and I would be interested to be a beta tester, too.

  3. Stas says:

    That is great!!! How are things going? I am looking forward to test the driver or maybe there is something else I can help with?

    1. says:

      It would be nice if you can test driver, it's in my github repo
      git://, branch aes2550-v2

  4. Stas says:

    Great news, I saw an update on github 🙂 I will test the driver on my X200t on Monday. The usb reports 08ff:2810 AuthenTec, Inc. AES2810.

  5. St says:

    For anyone interested, the fingerprint readers on Thinkpad models R400, R500, T400, T500, W500, W700, W700ds, X200, X200s, X200 Tablet, X301 now have working drivers in Linux!

      1. Xavier Mendez says:

        Great news! So it'll probably get into the distros' repository soon, if it isn't already... 🙂

          1. szerencl says:

            I have a working PKGBUILD for Arch Linux, but not complete enough for AUR and it's based on anarsoul repo. But if someone's intrested, I'll gladly post it.

      2. Xavier Mendez says:

        Whoa, it works perfectly now!
        Only UDev rules missing. I'll file an issue.

    1. says:

      Don't know about AES2550, but you can purchase Eikon Mini (apparently it's AES2660). It's available on Amazon and supported by my aes2660 driver for libfprint 🙂

  6. Seegal Galguntijak says:

    Thank you all so much for doing this! But how can I use my 2810 in a current Ubuntu/Linux Mint, based on 12.04 or 12.10? Has this Authentec driver made it into the current repository version of libfprint? Or is there a PPA with the new version? Maybe at least a .deb-File to download and install? Further how-to instructions would be appreciated!

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