Installing Drivers for the Cannon mp250 All-In-One Printer/Scanner

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This is a multi-step process. The printer and scanner must be installed separately from each other.

Installing the Printer

  1. Plug the printer in to power and the computer.
  2. Download mp250 Printer Driver
  3. Uncompress file
  4. cd into directory
  5. Run

Then Follow prompts

Installing the Scanner

  1. Download mp250 Scangear Driver
  2. Follow these instructions:
  3. Run :
       sudo apt-get install libusb-dev build-essential

This will install some required packages for the scanner

Now we need to get the sane backend, we will do this via git. If you don’t already have git installed on your computer, run the following command

       sudo apt-get install git-core

Sane Backend

Now we will need to fetch the sane backend by running the following command:

        git clone git://

This will download the sane backend into the sane-backend folder within your home folder.

Compiling the Backend

Once the download is finished you will notice that it is an uncompiled package, meaning that it will have to be compiled manually. Don’t worry, as it is quite a simple process to compile and install a package.

First move into the downloaded folder:

       cd sane-backends

Now we can run the configuration of the package with the following command:

      ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var

Once the configuration is complete we are now ready to compile the package by entering the following command into the terminal:


This process may take a while

Last step now is to install the package that was compiled in the previous step, note this last step requires the sudo (super user) command :

       sudo make install

Post Installation

The scanner is now installed, however the permissions still need to be set. To set the permissions we will create a new file that will allow usage of the scanner. In the terminal, open Gedit:

       sudo gedit

Once Gedit is opened, copy and paste the following text into the empty gedit file

SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, ENV{DEVTYPE}==”usb_device”, MODE:=”0666″

Save the file as /etc/udev/rules.d/40-scanner-permissions.rules

Your PIXMA MP250 scanner is now installed. You can now go do Applications->graphics and use simple scan or XSane to scan.