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 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 through 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).
non-root sudo useror 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:
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 do you have, here is some example installing Canon Pixma iP100 in ubuntu, for 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.