Convert Your Scanner to an IP Scanner with Raspberry Pi | Remote Document Scanning
Since version 16.1, Dynamic Web TWAIN (DWT) has added a remote scan feature. If there is a device running a background scanning service (Dynamsoft Service), other devices can access it via an Intranet to use scanners connected to that device, which makes it convenient to use mobile phones and tablets to scan documents.
Dynamsoft Service is the core piece of DWT when running in Service mode. It handles the communication between the hardware (scanner, webcam, etc.) and the browser, manages the image buffer, and coordinates data between different modules.1
Illustration of Remote Scan2:
The recently released Dynamic Web TWAIN v17 has added support for ARM Linux devices. The Dynamsoft Service can now run on devices like Jetson Nano and Raspberry Pi.
Here we will go through how to set up remote document scanning on Raspberry Pi step by step.
This article is Part 3 in a 3-Part Series.
- Part 1 - Convert Your Scanner to an IP Scanner | Remote Document Scanning
- Part 2 - Convert a Mobile Camera into a Document Scanner | Mobile Capture
- Part 3 - This Article
What You Should Know About Dynamic Web TWAIN
Install Dynamsoft Service on Raspberry Pi
- Visit the online demo of DWT: https://demo.dynamsoft.com/web-twain/.
You will be prompted to download and install the Dynamsoft Service.
Install the downloaded deb file with the following line:
$ sudo dpkg -i DynamsoftServiceSetup-arm64.deb
Now you can scan documents from connected local scanners on Raspberry Pi.
Verify Local Service on Raspberry Pi
We can visit http://127.0.0.1:18622/ to see if the Dynamsoft Service is running or not. By default, the service is only accessible in the local network.
Set up Remote Scan on Raspberry Pi
To enable remote scan, we need to config Dynamsoft Service so that it is accessible in a shared network like an Intranet.
Open its config file with nano:
$ nano /opt/dynamsoft/DynamsoftService/DSConfiguration.ini
Add this line to the file (you have to change the IP based on your own condition):
The entire config file looks like this:
[DS] CurrentSource=RlVKSVRTVSBmaS03MTYw DSVersion=1, 6, 2, 0112 LogLevel=6 Port=2 Port_mn_0=dcp Port_mn_1=dwt Port_mp_0=18625 Port_mp_1=18622 ServiceName=Dynamsoft Service (64-bit) Server=192.168.8.77 SSLPort=2 SSLPort_mn_0=dcp SSLPort_mn_1=dwt SSLPort_mp_0=18626 SSLPort_mp_1=18623
Restart the Dynamsoft Service to make the modification effective:
$ sudo systemctl restart dynamsoft.service
http://<Intranet ip>:18622/to see if it is accessible.
Web Demo for Scanning Documents from Raspberry Pi Sidecar
A pre-built demo is available for testing: Download. Here, we use the demo to test whether we can connect to a Raspberry Pi to perform remote scan.
Unzip the demo and under its folder, run an HTTP server using tools like Python:
python -m http.server
Then, we can take our phone out and visit
http://<the web page host's ip>:8000/remotescan.html. We can now use our phone to acquire images from the scanners connected to the Raspberry Pi.
PS: If you haven’t enabled remote scan, you may encounter such an error: