CCID free software driver

This package provides the source code for a generic USB CCID (Chip/Smart Card Interface Devices) driver and ICCD (Integrated Circuit(s) Card Devices).

See the USB CCID and ICCD specifications from the USB working group.

Source download

The latest version is available at ccid. The latest README is at README.

You can also access the Subversion developement version. You may need to use the Subversion version to support the latest added readers.

svn checkout svn://
cd Drivers/ccid

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Main CCID/ICCD features supported

CCID features not yet supported

Contact me if you want to see the support of the above not yet supported features and you have a budget.

Non CCID features that I do not plan to support

In fact I may implement one of these features if you have a budget.

How to get support

If you have a problem and want to get support from me you shall include the following information:




Then you shall generate a complete log.

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Mailing list

If you have general questions or bug reports you should use the Pcsclite-muscle mailing list.

First search the mailing list archives (old MUSCLE 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

Check reader's compliance to CCID specification

To know if a smart card reader is CCID compliant and should be supported by this driver but is not listed bellow

Just get the source code of this driver and do:

tar xjvf ccid-x.y.z.tar.bz2
cd ccid-x.y.z
sudo ./src/parse > output.txt

and send me ( the generated output.txt file.

If your reader is CCID compliant and you would like to add it to the list of readers I would also need:

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CCID/ICCD readers

All the readers are also included in a big matrix.


The main author is Ludovic Rousseau <>.

I reused source code from other free software projects whose authors are:


  This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at
your option) any later version.

  This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
General Public License for more details.

  You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License
along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation,
Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307  USA

Supported Operating Systems


GNU/Linux using libusb 1.0.x and later

Mac OS X

Apple includes my CCID driver (version 1.3.8, released in June 2008) since Leopard 10.5.6. See the mail from Shawn Geddis to have a list of changes.

Since the version 1.3.8 of the driver is now a bit old you may want to recompile a newer version of the driver yourself.

To see which readers are supported in version 1.3.8 go to this page and check the release column.

Apple updated the CCID driver in Lion (10.7) to version 1.3.11 (released in July 2009). See my blog entry Mac OS X Lion and smart cards status.

Snow Leopard (10.6.x) and Lion (10.7.x)

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7) are supported without patches. To build the driver you need to extract the archive and do:

sudo make install

Leopard (10.5)

Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) is supported with a simple patch. To build the driver you need to extract the archive and do:

sudo make install

NOTE: The execution of ./MacOSX/configure will fail if you have a space character in your current working directory pathname.

NOTE: Apple's version of pcsc-lite installed with Leopard has many bugs and problems. See LeopardBugs for a list of known bugs.

Tiger (10.4)

Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) uses an old pcsc-lite with some problems:

You can use this (now unmaintained) patch.


The driver should work on Solaris.

I can't test is myself so patches are welcome if needed.

You can find a PC/SC-lite package form Oracle.


The driver is available in the libccid package or this freshport.

NetBSD (pkgsrc)

The driver is available in pkgsrc as security/ccid.

Other operating systems

It may or may not work.

Available binaries

The drivers are also available as debian packages libccid