CUPS/Printer-specific problems

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This article contains printer or manufacturer-specific instructions for CUPS. See OpenPrinting if your printer is not already listed here, or if none of the listed drivers work.

Note: If you add a printer to this list, consider contributing your entry to OpenPrinting - that way users of other distributions will also benefit!


Printer Driver/filter Notes
DCP-135C brother-dcp135cAUR
DCP-150C brother-dcp150cAUR
DCP-7020 foomatic Or Brother's driver.
DCP-7030 brother-dcp7030AUR
DCP-7065DN brother-dcp7065dnAUR
FAX-2820 brother-cups-wrapper-laserAUR
FAX-2840 brother-fax2840AUR Or foomatic - works mostly with hpijs-pcl5e.ppd. Same as the HL-2170W.
HL-2030 foomatic Or brother-hl2030AUR
HL-2035 foomatic Should be compatible with any drivers for the HL-2030.
HL-2040 foomatic Or brother-hl2040AUR
HL-2130 foomatic (using the HL-2140 driver) Or hplip
HL-2140 foomatic Or brother-hl2140AUR
HL-2170W foomatic Or Brother's driver.
HL-2230 foomatic Same as HL-2170W. Select HL-2170W as the driver in CUPS admin when adding a printer.
HL-2250DN brother-hl2250dnAUR
HL-2270DW brother-hl2270dwAUR
HL-2280DW brother-hl2280dwAUR
HL-2340DW brother-hll2340dwAUR
HL-3045CN Install Brother's driver.
HL-3150CDW brother-hl3150cdwAUR
HL-3170CDW brother-hl3170cdwAUR
HL-5140 foomatic Or Brother's driver.
HL-5340 foomatic Using the Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer - CUPS+Gutenprint (gutenprint, foomatic-db-gutenprint[broken link: package not found] and foomatic-db-gutenprint-ppds). Or Brother's driver, which may result in failed prints with postscript errors.
HL-L2300D brother-hll2300dAUR
HL-L2380DW brother-hll2380dwAUR
MFC-420CN brother-mfc-420cnAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
MFC-440CN brother-mfc-440cnAUR
MFC-465CN brother-mfc-465cnAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
MFC-7360N Install Brother's driver.
MFC-9320CW Install Brother's driver.
MFC-9840CDW foomatic Or Brother's driver. This printer also works with the generic PCL-6 driver from the gutenprint package. Use pcl_p1 for the printer's address when using the PCL-6 driver.
MFC-J470DW brother-mfc-j470dwAUR
MFC-J5520DW brother-mfc-j5520dwAUR
MFC-J5910DW brother-mfc-j5910dwAUR
MFC-J650DW Install Brother's driver.
MFC-J885DW brother-mfc-j885dwAUR
MFC-L2700DW brother-mfc-l2700dwAUR Please look also at the comments section of the AUR package page.
QL-500 brother-ql500AUR
QL-570 brother-ql570AUR
QL-580N brother-ql580nAUR
QL-650TD brother-ql650tdAUR
QL-700 brother-ql700AUR
QL-710W brother-ql710wAUR
QL-720NW brother-ql720nwAUR
QL-1050 brother-ql1050AUR
QL-1050N brother-ql1050nAUR
QL-1060 brother-ql1060nAUR
TD-2020 brother-td2020AUR
TD-2120N brother-td2120nAUR
TD-2130N brother-td2130nAUR
TD-4000 brother-td4000AUR
TD-4100N brother-td4100nAUR
Printer Driver/filter Notes

Network printers

For network printers, use ipp://printer_ip/ipp/port1 as printer address. For some older printers, this might not work. If not, try lpd://printer_ip/BINARY_P1 instead.

Some printers use the socket protocol. For these printers, use socket://printer_ip:9100. For http, use http://printer_ip/POSTSCRIPT_P1.

Custom drivers

Brother provides custom drivers on their website, either in source tarball, rpm, or deb form. Packaging Brother printer drivers covers creating PKGBUILDs from the existing RPM packages.

Note: The source packages might be a better alternative to the rpm packages, provided they contain all the needed files.

Manually installing from the RPM packages

Warning: This should ideally be automated in a PKGBUILD

Install the rpmextract package, and extract both rpm packages using Extracting both files will create a var and a usr directory - move the contents of both directories into the corresponding root directories.

Run the cups wrapper file in /usr/local/Brother/cupswrapper. This should automatically install and configure your brother printer.

Multiple Copy Problem

Sometimes when using the latest drivers, the printer will print multiple copies (my MFC-9330CDW printed 10 copies, yours may differ). The solution is to update the firmware (there is a windows tool, but it didn't work for me). To start you will need snmpwalk (found here:

mkdir Brother_FW
cd Brother_FW
./ireasoning/mibbrowser/ -c public $PRINTER_IP > snmp_output.log
cat snmp_output.log | grep -A 1

At this point, you will have the relevant data that has to be passed to Brother to get a valid Firmware download link. That file will look similar to the one below (name it request.xml):



Next, we post this file to Brother and extract the resulting URL.

curl -X POST -d @request.xml -H "Content-Type:text/xml" > response.xml

In response.xml you will find a <PATH> tag that contains the url. Next, we download the firmware, push it to the printer, and let the printer process it. Before that is done, change the Admin password to something known, it will be used as the user to log into the FTP site (VERY bad practice, don't do this).

 send LZ4266_W.djf

With that, the printer will restart, and the latest firmware will be installed and (hopefully) your printing woes will be solved.


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Reason: It would good if the driver table could be removed or somehow merged into the main table (Discuss in Talk:CUPS/Printer-specific problems#)
Driver Description
gutenprint Supports many Canon printers.
cndrvcups-lbAUR Canon UFR II /LIPSLX Printer Driver build from source for LBP, iR & MF printers
cndrvcups-lb-binAUR Canon UFR II/UFR II LT Printer Driver (including Canon imageCLASS MF4720w)
cnijfilter-mg4200AUR Canon IJ Printer Driver (for mg4200 series)
capt-srcAUR Canon CAPT Printer Driver (for Canon i-Sensys printers)
cups-bjnpAUR CUPS back-end for the canon printers using the proprietary USB over IP BJNP protocol
Printer Driver/filter Notes
iP4300 gutenprint Or use Canon's cnijfilter-ip4300AUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] driver, or the TurboPrint driver.
LBP810 capt-srcAUR
LBP5050 series
LBP7200Cdn (network mode)
LBP7200C series
Printer Driver/filter Notes

Some Canon printers will use a similar setup to the iP4500, so consider modifying the cnijfilter-ip4500AUR package for other, similar printers.


Some of Canon's printers use Canon's proprietary Canon Advanced Raster Printing System (CARPS) driver. Rainbow Software have managed to reverse engineer the CARPS data format and have successfully created a CARPS CUPS driver, which is available as carps-cupsAUR. The project's GitHub page includes a list of working printers.


See Canon CAPT.


Printer Driver/filter Notes
1250C foo2zjs-nightlyAUR See, the patch has been merged into upstream. The printer may also work with the Xerox Phaser 6000B driver.


Install Dell's driver. Both e515dwcupswrapper-3.2.0-1.i386.deb and e515dwlpr-3.2.0-1.i386.deb need to be installed. You could either write a PKGBUILD, use debtapAUR, or use dpkgAUR (using dpkg is not recommended as the files will not be managed by pacman). The driver works on both the x86_64 and i386 platforms, but may require multilib.
Printer Driver/filter Notes


epson-inkjet-printer-escprAUR is a driver for the Epson Inkjet Printer Driver (ESC/P-R) for Linux.

There is a large selection of printer drivers/filters available in the AUR.

Printer Driver/filter Notes
AcuLaser CX11(NF) epson-alcx11-filterAUR
AcuLaser C900 This printer uses Epson's driver, with a device URI of 'usb://EPSON/AL-C900', and may need the pipsplus service to be running.
TX125 epson-inkjet-printer-n10-nx127AUR
LP-S5000 This printer requires a custom driver from Avasys.
Printer Driver/filter Notes



escputil is part of the gutenprint package, and performs some utility functions on Epson printers such as nozzle cleaning.


This is a printer status monitor which enables to get the remaining ink quantity, to print test patterns, to reset printer and to clean nozzle. It use an intuitive graphical user interface.


This is a GUI using escputil and cups drivers. It supports nearly all USB printer of Epson and displays ink quantity, can clean and align print heads and print test patterns.

Custom drivers


Warning: This section involves installing packages without pacman. These directions should ideally be automated with a PKGBUILD.

"Source" code of the driver is available on the avasys website, in Japanese, however it includes a 32 bit binary which will cause problem on 64 bit system.

  • Download the source code of the driver.
  • Compile and install the driver.
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr
$ make
# make install

If you have any problems on a 64 system, some other lib32 libraries may be required. Please adjust this page if that is the case.


See also CUPS/Troubleshooting#HP issues.

Most HP printers will use hplip, but some may use hpojAUR.

Printer Driver/filter Notes
Photosmart 2575 hplip Or use the hpijs driver in foomatic.
DeskJet 710C pnm2ppaAUR
DeskJet 712C
DeskJet 720C
DeskJet 722C
DeskJet 820se
DeskJet 820Cxi
DeskJet 1000Cse
DeskJet 1000Cxi
LaserJet P1606dn hplip + hplip-pluginAUR Or foo2zjs-nightlyAUR.
Printer Driver/filter Notes
HPLIP Driver

hplip provides drivers for HP DeskJet, OfficeJet, Photosmart, Business Inkjet, and some LaserJet printers, and also provides an easy to use setup tool.

To run the setup tool with the GUI qt frontend:

# hp-setup -u

To run the setup tool with the command line frontend:

# hp-setup -i

To set up directly the configuration of a network connected HP printer:

# hp-setup -i <ip address>

To run systray spool manager:

$ hp-systray

To generate a URI for a given ip address:

# hp-makeuri <ip address>

PPD files are in /usr/share/ppd/HP/.

For printers that require the proprietary HP plugin (like the Laserjet Pro P1102w or 1020), install the hplip-pluginAUR package from AUR.


hplip depends on foomatic-db-engine which prevents the drivers list from appearing when a printer is added to CUPS via the web user interface (following error : "Unable to get list of printer drivers"). Possible workarounds:

  • Either: Install hplip first, then retrieve the PPD file that matches your printer from /usr/share/ppd/HP/. Next, remove hplip entirely as well as any unnecessary dependencies. Finally, install the printer manually using the CUPS web UI, selecting the PPD file you retrieved, and then re-install hplip. After a reboot, you should have a fully working printer.
  • Or: Remove hplip, foomatic-db and foomatic-db-engine along with any unnecessary dependencies. Reinstall hplip and restart CUPS. Install your printer using the CUPS web UI, which should now be able to find the drivers automatically. No reboot needed.


Printer Driver/filter Notes
Minolta Magicolor 1600W foomatic
Minolta Magicolor 1680MF
Minolta Magicolor 1690MF
Minolta Magicolor 2480MF
Minolta Magicolor 2490MF
Minolta Magicolor 2530DL
Minolta Magicolor 4690MF
Printer Driver/filter Notes



Lexmark provides a utility called lexijtools with the drivers.

Custom drivers

Lexmark does provide Linux drivers for all their hardware. The following packages are required:

The drivers will need to be downloaded from Lexmark's website. Preferably, create a package (see Creating packages) and install it. Here is a basic PKGBUILD that still needs work but will give an idea of what is required.

# Contributor: Todd Partridge (Gen2ly) toddrpartridge (at) yahoo

pkgdesc="Lexmark Z2300 and 2600 Series printer driver for cups"
depends=('cups' 'glibc' 'ncurses' 'libusb' 'libxext' 'libxtst' 'libxi' 'libstdc++5' 'krb5' 'lua' 'java-runtime')
conflicts=('z600' 'cjlz35le-cups' 'cups-lexmark-700')

package() {
  # Extract installer
  sh --target Installer-Files
  cd Installer-Files
  mkdir Driver
  tar xvvf instarchive_all --lzma -C Driver/
  cd Driver
  tar xv lexmark-inkjet-08-driver-1.0-1.i386.tar.gz -C $pkgdir

Keep in mind you can use the automated installer but doing so will leave the resulting changes untracked. The PPD will be installed into /usr/local/lexmark/lxk08/etc/ or similar, depending on the printer model.


Printer Driver/filter Notes
C110 foomatic
MC561 foomatic-db-nonfree
Printer Driver/filter Notes


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Reason: All the cnijfilter drivers appear to be for Canon printers - maybe the cnijfilter comment would be better off in the Canon section? (Discuss in Talk:CUPS/Printer-specific problems#)

For printers requiring the cnijfilter drivers, search for the correct driver in the AUR

Printer Driver/filter Notes
ML-2010 splix
Newer printers? samsung-unified-driverAUR
Printer Driver/filter Notes

Xerox or FujiXerox

Printer Driver/filter Notes
DocuPrint 203A hplip Using the DocuPrint P8e(hpijs) driver, or the Brother driver on FujiXerox's website (see #Brother for more information on how to install custom Brother drivers).
Phaser 3100MFP Install Xerox's driver See #Phaser 3100MFP for more instructions.
Phaser 6115MFP foomatic
Phaser 6121MFP foomatic
? fxlinuxprintAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
Printer Driver/filter Notes

Custom drivers

Phaser 3100MFP

Warning: This section involves installing packages without pacman. These directions should ideally be automated with a PKGBUILD.

Once you have downloaded the drivers, execute the driver installer and accept the licence:

# cd printer
# ./XeroxPhaser3100.install

Note that the driver is 32 bit, so some 32 bit libraries will be required on an x86_64 system.

For the scanner, create an /etc/sane.d directory if it doesn't already exist, because it's need by the installer:

# mkdir -p /etc/sane.d

Now install the driver:

# cd scanner/
# ./XeroxPhaser3100sc.install

Again, on an x86_64 install, 32 bit libraries will be needed.

Phaser 6000B

Install the xerox-phaser-6010 package (archived from the AUR). The driver may require older versions of nettle and gnutls to be installed, since the binary blob linked against older versions of the shared libraries provided by those packages. The oldest known-good versions are nettle-2.7.1-1 and gnutls-3.3.13-1.

Phaser 6125N

Warning: This section involves installing packages without pacman. These directions should ideally be automated with a PKGBUILD.

FujiXerox does not support Linux on this model. An old rpm is available but does not seem to work.

A slightly adapted custom driver has been found to work out of the box.

To install the tarball, run

# tar -C / --keep-newer-files -xvzf cups-xerox-phaser-6125n-1.0.0.tar.gz