LibUsbDotNet 2.2.8
Getting Started With Linux
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LibUsbDotNet is compatible with linux/unix-like operating systems that support 2.0 and libusb v1.x.


The user must have appropriate access permissions to the usb device before it can be used with linux. This is true for most unix-like OSes.

  1. If your platform has its own package manager (Aptitude, Synaptic, etc), use it to download and install the required software packages below.

  2. Download and install the libusb-1.0 package.

    If libusb-1.0 binaries do not exists for your platform, you must build them from source. Building libusb-1.0 from source is very straightforward. See the INSTALL documentation file in the libusb-1.0 source package for more details.

  3. Download and install the Mono.Net 2.x package.

    The pre-compiled Mono.Net runtime binaries are available for nearly all platforms. However, for information on bulding the runtime from source see Compiling_Mono.

Using the pre-built LibUsbDotNet Binary package.
  1. Download the LibUsbDotNet_Bin package and unzip it to a new sub-directory (LibUsbDotNet_Bin).

  2. Open a terminal window and navigate to the new LibUsbDotNet_Bin directory.

  3. Run the Test_Info application by typing: mono Test_Info.exe

    Test_Info should find all USB devices the user has access to and provides a device count in the status bar. If no devices are found, verify the user has sufficient access permissions, or try running as the root user.

Building LibUsbDotNet From Source
  1. Download the LibUsbDotNet_Src package and unzip it to a new sub-directory (LibUsbDotNet_Src).

  2. Open a terminal window and navigate to the new LibUsbDotNet_Src directory.

  3. The LibUsbDotNet.sln can be built with the xbuild tool:

    xbuild LibUsbDotNet.sln

Next Steps
All LibUsbDotNet example application, with the exception of the InfWizard, are compatible with linux.