Canon IJ Scan Utility for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V varies-with-devices
  • 4.1
  • (28)
  • Security Status

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Dinkar Kamat
Dinkar KamatUpdated 10 months ago

A tool for scanning via Canon devices

Canon IJ Scan Utility is a free photography program that enables you to quickly scan photos and documents. Developed by Canon Inc., this multimedia tool is a scanner software designed to work with Canon printers and scanners. It’s one of the official software for image management that you’ll need to use if you’re working with this brand. However, the device models supported by this are limited; some of them require the Lite version instead.

How do I get my Canon IJ Scan Utility?

Canon Inc. is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in manufacturing optical, imaging, and industrial products such as lenses, cameras, medical equipment, scanners, printers, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Since it deals with sensitive devices that require PC programs to run them at times, the brand also offers official utility software to its users—available to download for free. Canon IJ Scan Utility is just one of the many you can get from Canon’s home website.

This tool’s core function is to connect with your Canon printer or scanner and scan images and documents with just one click. It’s designed to be easy to use—allowing you to customize the output settings and even stitch files together. This needs the correct scanner driver installed to work properly, though. Plus, not all Canon products work with this. Canon IJ Scan Utility Lite is the required version for some models.

To download and install, you first have to find your printer or scanner model on Canon’s official website. Take note that model names will sometimes differ by country. Under “Drivers & Downloads,” ensure that your operating system is selected on the drop-down menu. Then, under the Drivers tab, select the MP driver for your device and download it. The file contains the scanner program so simply run it to start the installation. 

This program supports Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 platforms,

Not the only one

All in all, Canon IJ Scan Utility is one of the programs you’ll definitely have to get if you’re using a certain Canon printer or scanner model. It’s highly user-friendly and usually already comes with your device’s driver download. However, it’s not the only scanner tool that you can get as the Lite version supports other models. Plus, you need to make sure that you have its correct driver installed


  • Easy to use
  • Simple interface
  • Customizable output settings
  • Can stitch files together


  • Limited supported models

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Canon IJ Scan Utility for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V varies-with-devices
  • 4.1
  • (28)
  • Security Status

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