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Readme for the Mac OS X Tiger PC/SC CCID class driver

GemCCID  Smart Card Reader Driver For Mac OS X 10.4.x
Version July 2005


This Readme file is specifically written for the above mentioned driver version.


 1 Release Notes
 2 License
 3 Operating System / Target
 4 Pre-Requisites
 5 Installation
 6 Troubleshooting
 7 Support

1. Release Notes

This driver is specifically designed for the Gemalto CCID Smart card Reader.
Interface Class   : 0x0B
Interface SubClass  : 0x00
Interface Protocol  : 0x00

2. License

The GemCCID driver is distributed under LGPL License. This license is described in the License file included in the installation package.

3. Operating System / Target

The CCID Smartcard Reader's driver has been designed to run only under Mac OS X 10.4.x ( 32 Bits Version Only ). The driver has been compiled for working under G3, G4 and G5 processors. 

4. Pre-Requisites

4.1 PC/SC lite

The PC/SC lite of Mac OS X must be installed and activated. The Mac OS X 10.4.x already integrates a PC/SC Lite layer  version 1.1.2. According to Q&A 1359 ( http://developer.apple.com/qa/qa2004/qa1359.html ), Apple does not recommend to upgrade the PC/SC Lite installed with Mac OS X.

4.2 USB Library

The GemCCID driver cannot run without an external library named "libusb". The library "libusb" must be installed on the system. Gemalto provides an installation package for this library.

"libusb" is a library which allows access to USB devices.

The official ftp site is:

The official web site is:

A mailing list is located at:

5. Installation

5.1 Package Files

Gemalto provides installation packages in order to install the GemPCUSB driver and the USB library.

The packages are :



You need to install both packages ( GemCCID and libusb ) by running them. We recommend to install first "libusb-10.4.pkg" then "GemCCID.pkg".

The "libusb-10.4.pkg" do some checking before copying any files on the system.

5.2 Verify Install

Once the packages installed, you do not need to restart the system. Plug a Gemalto CCID Reader ( e.g GemPCUSB )  the LED on the reader start blinking . Then insert a Smartcard in the reader. The flashing device LED goes solid.
If the LED still blinking, please check that the Smartcard has been inserted correctly and if the PC/SC Daemon is running.

6. Troubleshooting

If the reader is not detected by the operating system, please check the version of your PC/SC Lite. You can get this information with a shell command. Open a shell session and run the command  :  pcscd -v
The resource manager version must be 1.1.2