Faxing with Linux/Unix


Efax-gtk is a GUI front end for the 'efax' fax program.   It can be used to send and receive faxes with a fax modem, and to view, print and manage faxes received.   It also has a socket interface to provide a "virtual printer" for sending faxes from word processors and similar programs, and can automatically e-mail a received fax to a designated user, and automatically print a received fax.

More information is provided in the README file: README


To compile and run the current version of efax-gtk, c++-gtk-utils-1.2 >= 1.2.13, c++-gtk-utils-2.0 >= 2.0.1 or c++-gtk-utils-2.2 >= 2.1.0, GTK+2 >= 2.12 or GTK+3 >= 2.99 and libtiff must be installed. dbus-glib (>= 0.70) is also required if the installed glib is less than 2.26. GTK+ comes with Gnome. c++-gtk-utils can be obtained from c++-gtk-utils

To use the program you must also have ghostscript (gs) installed (this is included in practically all Linux/Unix-type distributions).  You do not need to separately download and install 'efax' - the standard efax-gtk packages in the 'Download' section below include the necessary efax source code.

To use the supplied 'mail_fax' script (which will automatically mail a received fax to a specified user), you will also need Heirloom mailx.  This can be obtained here, if it is not included in your distribution: mailx

Version 3.* of efax-gtk does not use gtkmm.  That dependency was removed on going from version 2.2.16 to version 3.0.0.  Functionally, version 2.2.16 is identical to version 3.0.0.  Version 3.2.* of efax-gtk does not use libsigc++.  That dependency was removed on going from version 3.0.20 to version 3.2.0.


The source code for the most recent stable version is efax-gtk-3.2.13

The last version which used gtkmm is efax-gtk-2.2.16 : this is still being maintained by way of bug fixes, so bug reports on it will be accepted.

The last single theaded version of the program is efax-gtk-2.2.6c :  this is still being maintained by way of bug fixes, so bug reports on it will be accepted.

The final version for GTK+1.2 and gtkmm-1.2 is efax-gtk-1.0.8a

See the ChangeLog for further information about releases.


A mailing list is available at https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/efax-gtk-general , and a public forum is available at http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=109982

I can be contacted at cvine -at- users -dot- sourceforge -dot- net.


NOTE: only the versions of efax-gtk listed above in the Download section are stable.  The code in git is unstable and although it will probably compile, it is not guaranteed to work.  With this understanding, the latest source code in git can be obtained from the sourceforge git repository with:

  git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/efax-gtk/git

The contents of the git repository for efax-gtk can be viewed through the web interface at viewgit

Precompiled packages

A precompiled package of version 3.2.8 for Debian GNU/Linux unstable (SID) can be obtained here: Debian unstable . A precompiled package of version 3.2.3 for Debian stable can be obtained here: Debian stable .

Efax-gtk is also available pre-compiled for FreeBSD via the FreeBSD ports collection (search for "efax-gtk" on the attached link for your version of FreeBSD: FreeBSD Ports ), and for NetBSD: NetBSD Packages .

Any issues about the precompiled packages should be sent to the relevant maintainer of the package concerned.

Chris Vine cvine -at- users -dot- sourceforge -dot- net