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Title : PCSC Lite
Authors : David Corcoran, Ludovic Rousseau
Version : 1.2.9-beta10
License : See file COPYING
Requires: A C compiler
Make, linker tools
Lex (Lexical Analyzer).
Linux 2.4 (Redhat 7.1, Suse 7.1/7.2, Debian 3.0)
Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3
FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
Solaris 8 / 9
Tru64 UNIX 5.1B
AIX 4.3, 5.2
Welcome to PCSC Lite. The purpose of PCSC Lite is to
provide a Windows(R) SCard interface in a very small form factor for
communicating to smart cards and readers. PCSC Lite can be compiled
directly to a desired reader driver or can be used to dynamically
allocate/deallocate reader drivers at runtime (default).
PCSC Lite uses the same winscard API as used under Windows(R).
For security aware persons please read the SECURITY file on possible
vulnerabilites to pcsclite, how you can fix some, and how some will
For information on how to install driver please read the DRIVERS file.
Memory cards are supported through MCT specifications which is an APDU
like manner sent normally through the SCardTransmit() function. This
functionality is done in the driver.
Installation is simple. Type ./configure and then make and make install.
--enable-libusb Enable USB libusb support
(on Linux, *BSD, etc.).
--enable-usbdropdir=DIR directory containing USB drivers
--disable-musclecarddebug Disable MuscleCard debugging messages
--enable-debugatr Enable ATR parsing debug output
--enable-scf use SCF for reader support
--prefix=location Install to <location>
--enable-confdir=DIR Use DIR as the configuration directory
(/etc by default)
--enable-runpid=FILE Store the daemon pid in file FILE
--enable-ipcdir=DIR directory containing IPC files
By running pcscd under a priveledged account you can link to
libpcsclite.so and it will act as a client to the pcscd allowing multiple
applications to be run under non-priveledged accounts.
Then type make install to copy etc/reader.conf to
/etc/reader.conf and the libraries to /usr/local/lib. If you choose
not to have your reader.conf in /etc then use --enable-confdir=DIR
You must be root to do make install in the default locations.
Be sure to edit the /etc/reader.conf file to fit your needs and make sure
your IFD Handler driver is located in the path specified as LIBRARYPATH
in reader.conf. If you are using a reader with multiple smart card slots
all you have to do is define a different FRIENDLYNAME in the reader.conf
for each reader. Both will have the same information otherwise.
There is an config file generator in the utils directory. It is called
installifd. You may use this to generate the /etc/reader.conf file.
USB users shall not use /etc/reader.conf. pcscd will give
a warning that the file does not exist or contain anything useful.
There is a test program with this package:
testpcsc: Linked to libpcsclite. Must run /usr/local/pcsc/bin/pcscd
and then ./testpcsc. pcscd must be run as root or a hardware
priveledged user. ./testpcsc can be run under any account.
Versions after 1.2.0 support libusb. Available on GNU/Linux and *BSD.
If you do not have libusb (or do not want to use it) on your system you
should use --disable-libusb. If you use --disable-libusb under Linux the
old USB code will be used instead.
In order to use dynamic driver loading, you need to supply a directory
called "XXXX.bundle" in the usb dropdir directory (--enable-usbdropdir=PATH).
Here, the string "XXXX" stands for an arbitrary driver name, like in
"ifd-GemPC430.bundle". An example .bundle-directory can be found in the
source distribution of the ifd-gempc driver
Solaris PC/SC applications must link with -lsocket since
the libraries are not statically linked.
The API documentation is provided in PDF format under the docs
directory. For questions, please email me at:
<David Corcoran> firstname.lastname@example.org
On some plateforms (GNU/Linux on mips and mipsel, FreeBSD and possibly
other *BSD suystems) you must use:
$ ./configure LDFLAGS="-lpthread"
$Id: README 6851 2014-02-14 15:43:32Z rousseau $