Adding an IPP Printer to a self-managed Linux machine

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KB0012084: Adding an IPP Printer to a self-managed Linux machine

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Our CCIS Linux machines are automatically pre-set to be able to print to any public printer in WVH.

As such, if you are using a Systems-managed CCIS Linux computer, this page is not for you. (You should be all set!)

If, however, you have a Linux system you manage yourself, and you would like to be able to print to our public printers: Read on!

Adding an IPP Printer to CUPS-based System

There are a large number of Linux distributions, and the details of any given distribution can vary from one release (version) to another. This includes the various command-line or graphical front ends that are provided to configure printing.

However, one constant on most Linux distributions is that they all use CUPS (which previously was an acronym for “Common Unix Printing System”) to manage printing.

As such, regardless of what interfaces your OS distribution may layer on top of CUPS, you can almost always access it directly by pointing a web browser at http://localhost:631/ (where you will need to authenticate with administrative credentials for your local computer).

Via CUPS’s web interface, it is possible to add, remove, and configure printers. While the web interface changes based on the version of CUPS you’re running, generally you want to look for an option along the lines of “Add Printer” and then follow the prompts from there to add a new IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) printer.

Note, access to all CCIS Community Printers is mediated via our print server, print.ccs.neu.edu.

As such, to add a new printer you would use a URL like ipp://print.ccs.neu.edu/printers/PRINTER_NAME_HERE

And that’s it! (See the above Community Printers link for a list of printers.)

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