Introduction to Gutenprint

The Gutenprint (formerly Gimp-Print) package contains high quality drivers for many brands and models of printers for use with ghostscript-9.19, Cups-2.1.4, Foomatic, and the GIMP-2.0. See a list of supported printers at

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.10 platform.

Package Information

Gutenprint Dependencies



IJS-0.35 and Foomatic

Optional (to Regenerate Documentation)

ImageMagick-6.9.5-8, texlive-20160523b (or install-tl-unx), Doxygen-1.8.11, and DocBook-utils-0.6.14

User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

If you intend to use escputil with a USB-connected Epson Stylus printer for commands such as --ink-level which need to access the raw device, you must enable the kernel's usblp driver. Enable the following options in your kernel configuration and recompile the kernel:

Device Drivers  --->
  [*] USB support  --->                          [CONFIG_USB_SUPPORT]
    <*/M>  OHCI HCD (USB 1.1) support            [CONFIG_USB_OHCI_HCD]
    <*/M>  UHCI HCD (most Intel and VIA) support [CONFIG_USB_UHCI_HCD]
    <*/M>  USB Printer support                   [CONFIG_USB_PRINTER]

Installation of Gutenprint

Install Gutenprint by running the following commands:

sed -i 's|$(PACKAGE)/doc|doc/$(PACKAGE)-$(VERSION)|' \
       {,doc/,doc/developer/} &&

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&


To test the results, issue: make check. The tests take a very long time and use a lot of disk space but reports vary substantially. When last tested (version 5.2.11, BLFS-7.8, using -j2 needed 154 SBU and 8.6 GB to complete the tests.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/gutenprint-5.2.11/api/gutenprint{,ui2} &&
install -v -m644    doc/gutenprint/html/* \
                    /usr/share/doc/gutenprint-5.2.11/api/gutenprint &&
install -v -m644    doc/gutenprintui2/html/* \

Command Explanations

sed -i '...' This command is used so that the package documentation is installed in the conventional /usr/share/doc directory structure instead of /usr/share/gutenprint/doc.

--disable-static: This switch prevents the static libraries being installed.

Configuring Gutenprint

Configuration Information

For CUPS to see newly installed print drivers, it has to be restarted (as the root user):

systemctl restart org.cups.cupsd

Then point your web browser to http://localhost:631/ to add a new printer to CUPS.


Installed Programs: cups-calibrate, cups-genppd.5.2, cups-genppdupdate, escputil, ijsgutenprint.5.2 (if compiled using ijs), and testpattern
Installed Libraries:, and optionally, various CUPS filters and backend drivers under /usr/lib/gutenprint/5.2/modules/
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,lib,share}/gutenprint, /usr/include/gutenprintui2 and /usr/share/doc/gutenprint-5.2.11

Short Descriptions


calibrates the color output of printers using the Gutenprint, CUPS or ESP Print Pro drivers.


generate Gutenprint PPD files for use with CUPS.


regenerates the Gutenprint PPD files in use by CUPS.


is a command line utility to perform various maintenance tasks on Epson Stylus inkjet printers.


is a Ghostscript driver for HP inkjet and laserjet printers.


is a test programm to learn how to use libgutenprint.

Last updated on 2016-08-28 16:56:06 -0700