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How to install networked HP printer and scanner on Ubuntu Linux


I have HP Officejet Pro printer and scanner. How do I install HP Officejet Pro network printers and scanners on Ubuntu Linux? How can I install HP printer on Ubuntu Linux?

Introduction – You need to install HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging and Printing) software. It is official software that supports a wild range of HP printers including Deskjet, Officejet, Photosmart, PSC, Business Inkjet, OfficeJet, LaserJet and more. The software also supports color and monochrome scanning on Ubuntu Linux. This page shows how to install HP printer and scanner on Ubuntu Linux.

Installing networked HP printer and scanner on Ubuntu Linux

You can download software by visiting this page . However, Ubuntu Linux includes software in its repository too. So we are going to use the official Ubuntu repo.

Step 1. Update Ubuntu Linux

Simply run apt command:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Search for HPLIP software

Search for HPLIP, run the following apt-cache command or apt-get command:
apt-cache search hplip
Sample outputs:

hplip - HP Linux Printing and Imaging System (HPLIP)
hplip-data - HP Linux Printing and Imaging - data files
hplip-doc - HP Linux Printing and Imaging - documentation
libhpmud-dev - HP Multi-Point Transport Driver (hpmud) development libraries
libhpmud0 - HP Multi-Point Transport Driver (hpmud) run-time libraries
libsane-hpaio - HP SANE backend for multi-function peripherals
openprinting-ppds - OpenPrinting printer support - PostScript PPD files
printer-driver-hpcups - HP Linux Printing and Imaging - CUPS Raster driver (hpcups)
printer-driver-hpijs - HP Linux Printing and Imaging - printer driver (hpijs)
printer-driver-pxljr - printer driver for HP Color LaserJet 35xx/36xx
hpijs-ppds - HP Linux Printing and Imaging - HPIJS PPD files
hplip-gui - HP Linux Printing and Imaging - GUI utilities (Qt-based)

Step 3. Install HPLIP on Ubuntu Linux 16.04/18.04 LTS or above

We are going to install hplip-gui and hplip using the apt command:
sudo apt install hplip hplip-gui
Install networked HP printer and scanner on Ubuntu Linux

Step 4. Configure HP printer on Ubuntu Linux

You need to run hp-setup command which set up HPLIP printers and faxes in the CUPS spooler. Tries to automatically determine the correct PPD file to use. Allows the printing of a test page. Performs basic fax parameters set up too. However, first turn on the printer. Set up HP printer in Ubuntu Linux using GUI, run.
If you have USB based HP printer, try:
hp-setup -b usb
For example, my printer is networked and it has IP address, so I run:
One can use FQDN too:
hp-setup hp0.sweet.home
Ubuntu Linux Set up HP using GUI and IP address
Next, I will set description, name, FAX number (if any) and other information for my HP printer. Finally, click on the “Add Printer” button:
Ubuntu Linux HP Device Manager

How do I control my HP printer with “HP Device Manager”?

The HP Device Manager (aka “Toolbox”) for HPLIP supported devices such as printers and scanners. It provides access to status of printer, tools, ink/supplies levels and more. Simply type the following command:
How to control HP printer from GUI on Ubuntu Linux

How do I scan images on Linux?

Try using Simple Scan app. It is a document scanning application for GNOME desktop. It allows you to capture images using image scanners that have suitable SANE drivers installed. For example flatbed scanners:
Simple scan running on Fedora desktop
Click on the Scan button to start scanning.


This page showed you how to add a HP network printer on Ubuntu Linux and control it using graphical user interface methods. For more information see the official HPLIP project site here.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.