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LightScribe support for Linux.


LaCie has released the first software that allows burning labels on LightScribe media using LightScribe drives under Linux.


  • LightScribe capable CD-R or DVD-R burner.

  • LightScribe media.


  1. Visit the LightScribe download page for Linux: http://www.pawtec.com/lightscribe/#linuxutils (note: the official LightScribe website is down. Pawtec mirrors its packages)

  2. Download the LightScribe System Software package "deb package" software.

  3. Download the LightScribe Simple Application "deb package" software.

  4. Download the LaCie 4L Labeler utility "deb package" software.

  5. Double-click the lightscribe- file and follow the prompts to install it.
  6. Double-click the lightscribeApplications- file and follow the prompts to install it.
  7. Double-click the 4l_1.0-1_i386.deb file and follow the prompts to install it.

If, while trying to run the Simple Labeler application, you receive a message that states, "error while loading shared libraries: liblightscribe.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory," manually run ldconfig like this:

sudo ldconfig

Running the Applications

For creating simple text labels, with a variety of stock border decorations, use the SimpleLabler application:


For printing full-CD custom labels that you've created (typically use .png format), use the LaCie 4L application. Either look for "LaCie 4L LightScribe Labeler" in the dash, or run:


On my system, running Ubuntu 9.10, with a MadDog LightScribe drive, it takes about 14 minutes to print a full CD at normal contrast, and 27 minutes at high contrast.


These packages install programs as setuid root, which means that they run with full system privileges and could be a security risk.

Enable Enhanced Contrast

Activating the higher contrast print mode will let you print higher quality labels, at the cost of a bit longer burn time.

  1. Run the Enhanced Contrast Utility for Linux

sudo /usr/lib/lightscribe/elcu.sh
  1. Enter 1 to turn on Enhanced Contrast, or 2 to disable it.

This tip is documented on the LightScribe Pre-Release Software Evaluation page.


It has been reported that when installing to 64 bit environments as described above you may get the following error:

error while loading shared libraries: liblightscribe.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

The fix for this problem is to copy both liblightscribe.so and liblightscribe.so.1 files from from /usr/lib to /usr/lib32


LightScribe (last edited 2015-08-02 15:46:40 by davideddu)