How To Install Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu

Install Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu. For those of you who didn’t know, Canon is one of the largest printer manufacturers in the world, unfortunate canon never includes a Linux / Ubuntu driver in each product that we buy, in other words, the Printer driver is only available in Windows, and macOS. Canon did release some printer drivers for Linux, but the majority of Canon printer owners were out of luck.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Canon Printer Driver.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu Linux.

Now we run the following command to add the PPA repository to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-gruz/canon
sudo apt update

If you find any issues while installing the PPA command given above, you can run the following alternative PPA repository command given below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thierry-f/fork-michael-gruz

Once successfully installed, now open your web browser and load the following localhost address. You can now find your printer name and model number to set up your printer on the browser web interface:


Install Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu

Find the ‘Add Printer’ option on the web application. Click on the blank search box and search for your printer model. When your printer name and model appear in the search result, click on the model number to add the printer to your Ubuntu system.

If you own a multi-function Canon printer with both a printer and a scanner, this method will probably help you install your printer’s driver on your Ubuntu Linux:

sudo apt install scangearmp2
sudo apt install cnijfilter2

Othe method, to install the driver, of course, you must know what series you have, here is an example installing Canon Pixma iP100 in ubuntu, the other series can be seen below:

sudo apt install cnijfilter-ip100series

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Canon Driver. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Canon Printer Driver on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Canon website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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