3.3.2 (Jul 24, 2019)
Nov 30, 2015
Feb 1, 2021 (Retired)
AJ Alt (ajalt)
AJ Alt (ajalt)
JuanMa Cuevas (JuanMaCuevas)
Ben Wicks (benwicks)
Taco (TacoTheDank)
Source code


Use androidx.biometric instead, which supports other forms of biometric authentication such as iris scanning an facial recognition, and provides a UI that is consistent across applications.

A simple, unified fingerprint authentication library for Android with RxJava extensions.

  • Eliminates the need to deal with the different available Fingerprint APIs, including Imprint and Samsung Pass.
  • Fixes undocumented bugs and idiosyncrasies in the underlying APIs.
  • Supports more Imprint devices than FingerprintManagerCompat from the androidx library.
  • Comes with help messages translated in over 80 locales that work with all APIs.
  • Provides optional RxJava interfaces.


See the sample app for a complete example.

In your Application.onCreate, initialize Reprint with Reprint.initialize(this). This will load the Marshmallow module, and the Spass module if you included it.

Then, anywhere in your code, you can call Reprint.authenticate to turn on the fingerprint reader and listen for a fingerprint. You can call Reprint.cancelAuthentication to turn the reader off before it finishes normally.

There are two ways to be notified of authentication results: traditional callback, and a ReactiveX Observable.

RxJava interface

If you include the reactive reprint library, you can be notified of authentication results through an Observable (or Flowable with RxJava 2) by calling RxReprint.authenticate. In this case, the subscriber's onNext will be called after each failure and after success.

    .subscribe(result -> {
        switch (result.status) {
            case SUCCESS:
            case NONFATAL_FAILURE:
                showHelp(result.failureReason, result.errorMessage);
            case FATAL_FAILURE:
                showError(result.failureReason, result.errorMessage);

The failureReason is an enum value with general categories of reason that the authentication failed. This is useful for displaying custom help messages in your UI.

The errorMessage is a string that will contain some help text provided by the underlying SDK about the failure. You should show this text to the user, or some other message of your own based on the failureReason. This string will never be null from a failure, and will be localized into the current locale.

For detail on the other parameters, see the Javadocs.

One advantage that this interface has is that when the subscriber unsubscribes, the authentication request is automatically canceled. So you could, for example, use the RxLifecycle library to bind the observable, and the authentication will be canceled when your activity pauses.

Traditional Callbacks

If you want to use Reprint without RxJava, you can pass an AuthenticationListener to authenticate. The onFailure callback will be called repeatedly until the sensor is disabled or a fingerprint is authenticated correctly, at which point onSuccess will be called.

Reprint.authenticate(new AuthenticationListener() {
    public void onSuccess(int moduleTag) {

    public void onFailure(AuthenticationFailureReason failureReason, boolean fatal,
                          CharSequence errorMessage, int moduleTag, int errorCode) {
        showError(failureReason, fatal, errorMessage, errorCode);


The javadocs for the Reprint modules are available online:


Reprint is distributed with jitpack and split up into several libraries, so you can include only the parts that you use.

First, add Jitpack to your gradle repositories.

repositories {
    maven { url "" }

Then add the core library and optionally the Samsung Pass interface and the ReactiveX interface. Reprint provides support for both RxJava 1 and 2; you should include the module that matches the version of RxJava that you use in your project.

dependencies {
   compile 'com.github.ajalt.reprint:core:3.3.2@aar' // required: supports marshmallow devices
   compile 'com.github.ajalt.reprint:reprint_spass:3.3.2@aar' // optional: deprecated support for pre-marshmallow Samsung devices
   compile 'com.github.ajalt.reprint:rxjava:3.3.2@aar' // optional: the RxJava 1 interface
   compile 'com.github.ajalt.reprint:rxjava2:3.3.2@aar' // optional: the RxJava 2 interface


Reprint requires the following permissions be declared in your AndroidManifest.xml. As long as you use the aar artifacts, these permissions will be included automatically.

<!-- Marshmallow fingerprint permission-->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.USE_FINGERPRINT"/>

<!-- Samsung fingerprint permission, only required if you include the Spass module -->
<uses-permission android:name=""/>

Spass SDK deprecation

Samsung has deprecated the Spass SDK in favor of the standard Android APIs. Although Reprint still provides a module that uses the the Spass SDK if the standard APIs aren't available, you should be aware that the Spass SDK has a known bug. If you don't need fingerprint support on devices running KitKat, you should not include the reprint_spass module.


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