PCSC lite project
Middleware to access a smart card using SCard API (PC/SC).
Get released/stable versions
Go in the Download section.
Consult the ChangeLog file.
Get the current source code from git
git clone https://salsa.debian.org/rousseau/PCSC.git cd PCSC ./bootstrap ./configure make
- PC/SC Lite API (WinSCard)
- PC/SC error codes
- IFD Handler API v3.0
- PC/SC internals documented with Doxygen
See also Ludovic Rousseau blog about PC/SC and smart cards
Supported features and more information
- CPU efficiency
- Power saving
How to get support
- smart card reader driver name and version
- pcsc-lite version
- the output of the command "
- Operating system or GNU/Linux distribution name and version
- Smart card middleware name and version
- Smart card reader manufacturer name and reader model name
- Smart card name
Then you shall generate a complete log (do not truncate it).
- Kill any running
- (re)start pcscd exactly as described bellow:
sudo LIBCCID_ifdLogLevel=0x000F pcscd --foreground --debug --apdu --color | tee log.txt
- Stop pcscd (using Control-C) after the problem
occured and send me the generated
If you have general questions or bug reports you should use the Pcsclite-muscle mailing list.
First search the mailing list archives. Maybe your probem has already been reported and solved. If you have not found a solution then subscribe to the Pcsclite-muscle mailing list and send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org..
The pcsclite project was started by David Corcoran. The main author now is Ludovic Rousseau.
See Subversion statistics for pcsc-lite at September 2010 for more information.
Copyright (c) 1999-2003 David Corcoran <email@example.com>
Copyright (c) 2001-2011 Ludovic Rousseau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Supported Operating Systems
- GNU/Linux using libudev
- GNU/Linux using libusb 1.0.8 and later
- Apple reimplemented PC/SC above their own CryptoTokenKit API.
- You should not need to build pcsc-lite on macOS.
Solaris has its own (forked) version of pcsc-lite.
FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, *BSD
pcsc-lite should work but is not tested by me on these systems.
pcsc-lite may have worked on HP-UX a long time ago.
Other operating systems
It may or may not work.