To get your printer working you will mainly need to install and setup cups.

If you choose the printer support option on installer you will already have a working cups setup and only need to add you printer.

To start with cups and an usb connected printer:

sudo pacman -S cups cups-filters cups-pdf system-config-printer --needed

To get full full cups with support for many different printers per default. Install this packages on top of that:

sudo pacman -S ghostscript gsfonts foomatic-db-engine foomatic-db foomatic-db-ppds foomatic-db-nonfree foomatic-db-nonfree-ppds gutenprint foomatic-db-gutenprint-ppds --needed

For QT environments (like KDE/plasma LXQT):

sudo pacman -S print-manager --needed

enable socket, what will listen if print-job is calling and then enable the service:

sudo systemctl enable --now cups.socket

or using the service, what will be running constant.

sudo systemctl enable --now cups.service

For network printer support check if avahi is installed and its daemon is running:

systemctl status avahi-daemon

if you get an error or it shows disabled not running:

sudo pacman -S avahi --needed
sudo systemctl start avahi-daemon
sudo systemctl enable avahi-daemon

Troubleshooting Network printer not reachable:

It is a common issue that you can not get wifi printers to print, special some brother wifi printers.

It can be needed to enable local hostname resolution for avahi to be able to connect to your network printer:

Avahi provides local hostname resolution using a “hostname.local” naming scheme. To enable it, make sure the nss-mdns package is installed and avahi-daemon.service is running:

pacman -Qs nss-mdns to see if it is installed local:

➜ ~ » pacman -Qs nss-mdns
local/nss-mdns 0.14.1-3
glibc plugin providing host name resolution via mDNS

Make sure avahi-daemon is running:

systemctl status avahi-daemon.service

Then, edit the file /etc/nsswitch.conf and change the hosts line to include mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] before resolve and dns:

Restart avah-deamon and NetworkManager after this or reboot machine:

sudo systemctl restart avahi-daemon NetworkManager

Procedure to find the right driver for your printer:

Go to the open printing website and search if your printer is supported on Linux at all, and what driver options are available.

This will the result look like:

  • On top you will see if or not there is a working driver for your printer
  • second it will show available driver options, in the example, you see Type: Ghostscript built-in so go to package search on Archlinux (or use the tool of your choice) you will find GhostScript (already installed as you following tutorial from top to bottom)

So install the driver available for your device and go forward to install and configure printer. But take a look at this links first, as it can be that your printer need some extra configuration done to work properly:

Some links to common printers information on Archwiki:

Notes on Common ways to install printer drivers:

Mostly all printers using cups as a backend to communicate with your system, but different brands needing different ways to get printers fully functional:

Hewlett and Packard (HP) printers:

Some of the HP-printers needs a propritary plugin to work, this can be installed by hplip.

Most drivers for hp-printers come with the HPLIP package you can install this with:

sudo pacman -S hplip

install python-pyqt5 to run GUI and hp-toolbox:

sudo pacman -S python-pyqt5

now run the program to install new printer queue and the may needed proprietary plugin for some hp-printers:

sudo hp-setup -i for CLI install without a GUI

or run hp-setup from menu.

hp-setup from terminal CLI

The tool guides you to the installation simple read the instructions.

Current notes (29.5.2020):

There is currently an issue with getting keys from keyservers, this also seem to effect hp-plugin verify downloaded plugin, what caused a fail to install it. To solve this you need to change the server used by the tool:

sudo nano /usr/share/hplip/base/
change the server to like this:

def init(self, pgp_site = '', key = 0x4ABA2F66DBD5A95894910E0673D770CDA59047B9):

Save the file by pressing [Ctrl+X].

Then run sudo hp-setup -i again.

You have your printer added now, so you do not need to set it up again like follows, but you can use system-config-printer to setup configuration for papersize e.t.c.

Common printer setup (not for most hp-printers):

Use the system-config-printer tool to find and set up your printer:

Under KDE/plasma or LXQT:

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