CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is the supported mechanism for connecting to printers on Void Linux.
As prerequisites, install the
cups package and enable the
Wait until the service is marked available.
Installing Printing Drivers
If the printer is being accessed over the network and supports PostScript or
PCL, CUPS alone should be sufficient. However, additional driver packages are
necessary for local printer support. The
cups-filters package provides driver
support for CUPS.
Depending on the hardware in question, additional drivers may be necessary.
Some CUPS drivers contain proprietary or binary-only extensions. These are available only in the nonfree repository, and sometimes only for specific architectures.
Most modern network printers support printing driverlessly using the IPP Everywhere standard. See https://www.pwg.org/printers/ for a list of self-certified printers supporting this standard. Even if a printer is not on this list, there is still a high chance it is supported.
Do note that
cups-filters is still required for driverless printing.
Gutenprint provides support for many printers. These drivers are contained in
Printers from Hewlett-Packard require the
Running the following command will guide you through the driver installation process. The default configuration selections it suggests are typically sufficient.
# hp-setup -i
For Brother printer support, install the foomatic drivers, which are contained
foomatic-db-nonfree packages. Support for various
laser models is provided by the
Drivers for Epson Inkjet printers
epson-inkjet-printer-escpr package for Epson Inkjet printers.
Configuring a New Printer
CUPS provides a web interface and command line tools that can be used to configure printers. Additionally, various native GUI options are available and may be better suited, depending on the use-case.
Printers with support for IPP Everywhere can be discovered and configured
automatically using ZeroConf. To enable this,
nss-mdns package and enable the
To configure the printer using the CUPS web interface, navigate to
http://localhost:631 in a browser. Under the "Administration" tab, select
"Printers > Add Printer". When asked to log in, use an account that is in the
The lpadmin(8) tool may be used to configure a printer using the command line.
system-config-printer package offers simple and robust configuration of
new printers. Install and invoke it:
Normally this tool requires root privileges. However, if you are using
PolicyKit, you can install the
cups-pk-helper package to allow unprivileged
users to use
system-config-printer is shown here, your desktop environment may have a
native printer dialog, which may be found by consulting the documentation for
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The device URI can be found manually by running: