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Install a printer on Ubuntu

How do i install a printer on Ubuntu?

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  • carracho Nov 05, 2008

    I have the same problem. The real problem is, that the ubuntu printer installer does only list some very old printers. All-in-ones are too modern for linux.

  • jealea Apr 21, 2009

    I find it impossible to instal a printer. Also impossible to uninstal Ubuntu. Wish I could get back to Windows.

  • jealea Apr 21, 2009

    I find it impossible to instal a printer. Also impossibleto uninstal Ubuntu. Wiah I could get back to Windos.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    It depends on your printer type and lexmark does not support ppd files any more

  • Marjorie Smith
    Marjorie Smith Nov 29, 2013

    I have followed the steps below many times. they DO NOT WORK!


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Hi Josh,

It's pretty easy to install a printer on Ubuntu, just follow these simple steps.

-Open System > Administration > Printing
-The Printers window is now displayed. Double click the New Printer icon.
-Now displayed is the Add a Printer window. Select Printer Type as Local or Detected Printer.

-Click on Use a detected Printer, select a printer from the list and click Forward.

-Select the Manufacturer, Model and Driver. Click Forward.

-Choose a name that will help you remember the printer & it's location.

-Click Apply.

Congratulations you added the printer to Ubuntu.

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- Back on Nov 5, 2008 user carracho commented:

"...All-in-ones are too modern for linux."

The problem is not one of linux printer support being "modern".
The issue is that certain printer manufacturers have agreements with Microsoft (or from some other unknown reason) to not release the code to control their machines into a medium whereby those writing linux drivers for printers may legally write a driver for said machine. Complain to the manufacturers for their use of proprietary codes or use of chip systems that actually are dependant on microsoft internal systems functions to operate.

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-Open System > Administration > Printing or Systeem > Beheer > afdrukken (NL)
-The Printers window is now displayed. Double click the New Printer icon.
-Now displayed is the Add a Printer window. Select Printer Type as Local or Detected Printer.
-Click on Use a detected Printer, select a printer from the list and click Forward.
-Select the Manufacturer, Model and Driver. Click Forward.
-Choose a name that will help you remember the printer & it's location.
-Click Apply.

And my Samsung scx 4500W was printing over the network wifi. So this all-in-one of Samsung was no problem for Ubuntu!

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

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SOURCE: Installing printer in Linux

Manually Installing a New Locally Connected Printer and Printer Driver When Ubuntu detects a printer it will automatically select a driver if the printer is recognized and a driver is available. To manually add a printer, begin by clicking on the New button in the Printer configuration toolbar. A Please Wait. Searching for Printers dialog will appear as the system is scanned for a locally attached printer. Once the search is complete, the New Printer Wizard dialog will appear including an entry for each detected printer. In the following figure, Ubuntu has detected an HP DeskJet printer connected to a USB port:


Select the desired locally connected printer from the list in the left hand panel and click the Forward button to select the appropriate printer driver. On the resulting screen select the printer manufacturer and choose the model from the list. Click on the Forward button to install the appropriate driver for the printer:


Once the printer driver matching the printer has been selected, click the Forward button and enter the optional printer description and location information. You should be returned to the Printers dialog where your new printer should be listed.
Once the driver is installed you are ready to try out the printer. In the Printers dialog select your printer, right click with the mouse to pop up the menu and select Properties. Click on Print Test Page to send a test page to the printer.

Posted on Aug 03, 2010

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SOURCE: Ubuntu printer install

Checking if a Printer is installed on Ubuntu.

Go to the Printers window (System > Administration > Printing), if you find the printer you are looking for, it's installed.
If you can't find your printer, i answered a question on how to install a printer on Ubuntu earlier, check it out.

Please rate my solution,
Thank you.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

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