I want to automatically get my printer to scan documents on a set interval, so that I can swap out and scan my documents without needing to click a button on my computer every time. I also need the ability to save documents to a certain image format and quality. Preferably, I would like to be able to do this from a bash script, so that it should work on any distro. How do I do this?
I have created a script just for this purpose. https://github.com/aaronfranke/Linux-tools/blob/master/all-distros/autoscan.sh
Edit the variables at the top before running. You must specify your printer's address, which can be found by running
scanimage -L. You can also specify a time interval, a format, and quality (PPI). The script will save your scanned images to a random 6-character filename.
Note: This script requires the
mogrify commands to be installed.
#!/bin/bash # autoscan.sh - A script for automatically scanning from a printer/scanner and saving to a random file. # Must be set to your printer's address. Use `scanimage -L` to get a list of printers. PRINTER="hpaio:/net/OfficeJet_4650_series?ip=192.168.0.100" # Optional variables, feel free to adjust. TIME=30 # TIME (in seconds), should be at least 10. FORMAT=jpg # FORMAT must be understood by mogrify. Ex: jpg, png, tiff, bmp. QUALITY=200 # QUALITY must be supported by your printer. Common ones are 300, 200, 150, and 75. if [ ! -f /usr/bin/scanimage ]; then echo "This script requires the \`scanimage\` command, which was not found. Exiting. " exit 1 fi if [ ! -f /usr/bin/mogrify ]; then echo "This script requires the \`mogrify\` command from the \`imagemagick\` package, which was not found. Exiting. " exit 2 fi echo " " echo "Computer will start automatically scanning in a few seconds... " SLTIME=$(($TIME-5)) sleep 5 while true; do FILENAME=$(mktemp -u XXXXXX) echo " " echo "Scanning and saving to $FILENAME.$FORMAT... " scanimage -d $PRINTER --mode Color --resolution $QUALITY --format tiff > $FILENAME.tiff 2>/dev/null mogrify -format $FORMAT $FILENAME.tiff rm $FILENAME.tiff echo " " echo "Done scanning $FILENAME.$FORMAT, waiting $TIME seconds for next scan... " sleep $SLTIME echo " " echo "5... " sleep 1 echo "4... " sleep 1 echo "3... " sleep 1 echo "2... " sleep 1 echo "1... " sleep 1 done