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How To Install Almost Any Printer On Ubuntu

Are you trying to install a printer on your Ubuntu system? Fortunately, Ubuntu now recognizes printers from most manufacturers and automatically installs the appropriate drivers when connected.

Many printer manufacturers such as Brother and HP support Linux distributions and release their own printer drivers. But before installing another manufacturer’s printer, you should check their website to see if they support Linux.

Keep in mind that the desktop environment determines the configuration tool you need to use to set up the printer, not the Linux distribution.

Is he already there?

Does it really exist?

Many modern printers have powerful networking capabilities. This means that when you go to the add printer area, your printer will already be listed.

How do you know if it is? Please note that you will need administrator rights on the system to set the default printer.

Your printer is listed

Your printer is listed

If you see your printer in the list of devices, the following steps will help you complete the printer setup.

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As you can see in the image above, you can:

You should also check the printer settings to ensure that the default settings match the capabilities and functions of your printer.

Please be aware that each printer will be slightly different. However, the basic principles are the same for all printers.

Note the output mode in the image above. If you want to save some money because cartridges can be expensive, you can only use color when needed.

If you don’t want a color copy, you can change this setting to Black and White or Grayscale.

What if your printer is not listed?

What if your printer isn’t listed?

There are times when your Ubuntu OS cannot find a connected printer. There are various reasons for this, from simple to complex.

You can view the documentation of the printer manufacturer or follow these steps.

Check your printer hardware

One of the easiest things to check is the connection. Have you connected the power and USB cables correctly (if your printer is not wireless)?

If you have an old printer or have moved it from one location to another, you may have a loose connection. Check both ends of the USB cable to make sure the connection is secure.

Ubuntu Drivers

Some older printers are not designed to work with the open source operating system or the latest Ubuntu.

Alternatively, if your printer is very new, it may not have been added to the Ubuntu database yet. So what can you do?

Download driver

You can go to the official website of the printer manufacturer to find and download the appropriate driver depending on the model number.

Each printer has a different brand of installation, so follow the instructions carefully.

Use the Additional Drivers tool

Some printer manufacturers have their own proprietary, closed source drivers. This means that Linux distributions will not be able to automatically enable them for you.

Configure manually with CUPS (Common Unix Printing System)

CUPS, developed by Apple, allows your system to detect your printer if it is not automatically detected. You can use it with one computer or a group of networked computers.

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