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# pacman -S hylafax

It could be that you need a MTA installed like postfix

  • After installation please run faxsetup as root. Answer the questions and modify to your needs.
  • Run faxaddmodem as root. It asks you for the device, leave out the /dev prefix; only enter eg. modem, ttyS0 or such things.
  • Answer the other questions, important ones could be the ringtones, max pages, permissions on files or your the name that should be shown.
  • With systemd, you need to set up the daemon. In /usr/lib/systemd/system, there is a file named faxgetty@.service. Assuming your modem is on ttyS0,
cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/faxgetty@.service /usr/lib/systemd/faxgetty@ttyS0.service
systemctl enable faxgetty@ttyS0.service
systemctl start faxgetty@ttyS0.service

Your received faxes will be saved in /var/spool/hylafax/rcvq/ and deleted after 30 days. Your sent faxes will be saved in /var/spool/hylafax/sendq/

Hints and tips


You can create a FaxDispatch file that will allow you to convert incoming faxes to pdf or other and direct where these are sent. Examples are all over the Internet, but be aware that FaxDispatch does NOT go into /etc, but rather into /var/spool/hylafax/etc.

A simple FaxDispatch that converts to pdf and sends the fax to a particular address would be



Hylafax defaults are made for North America settings. Pagesize of send faxes can be adjusted in /usr/lib/fax/pagesizes for A4 default setup please change the file to that:

Japanese Legal          JP-LEG  12141   17196   11200    15300  900     400
#default        NA-LET  10200   13200    9240    12400  472     345
default         A4      9920    14030   9240    13200   472     345

No dialtone error or if you are a laptop user

If you need a special number to get the Dialtone add this to:


Uncomment the ModemDialCmd line, and change ATDT%s to ATDT<yournumber>%s

For laptop users it might be helpfull to deactivate the dialtone check

Uncomment the ModemDialCmd line, and change ATDT%s to ATX3DT%s

Automatic fax printing

Add this to /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd at the end

/usr/bin/tiff2ps -a -h 11.1082 -w 7.8543 $FILE | /usr/bin/lpr -P <yourprintername>

This setup is for A4 pagesize, adjust -h and -w to your needs if you need an other size.

Disabling MTA actions

Normally hylafax uses a MTA to receive faxes, if you do not need that change, your /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd

Change NOTIFY_FAXMASTER=always to never

Enable automatic printing of notifications

If you want notifications to be printed out and not mailed, change your /var/spool/hylafax/bin/notify

  • Change NOTIFY_FAXMASTER=never to always and at the end of that file
  • Comment this line :
    ) || 2>&1 $SENDMAIL -f$FROMADDR -oi -t
  • Add this as next line:
    ) || 2>&1 lpr -P <yourprinter> -p

Remember to add your changed file to pacmans NoUpgrade list else your changes might get lost on update.

Useful commands

faxstat (shows you the status of hylafax)
faxstat -s (shows you the send status)
faxstat -r (shows received faxes)
faxalter -a now <jobid> (forces send retry now)
faxrm <jobid> (deletes fax from sendqueue)

For more options please read the manpages of each program

Apps for hylafax

GNU/Linux Apps:

  • kfax is a nice app to view the received tiff files.
  • KDE has a printer to send your document to fax, change it to use the hylafax backend.

Windows Apps:

See also

faxq - HylaFAX queue manager process. man hfaxd.