In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HPLIP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging and Printing Driver) was developed by HP for Printing, scanning, and faxing with HP inkjet and laser-based printers on Linux platforms.
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 HP Linux Image and Printing 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 HPLIP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
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 HPLIP on Ubuntu 20.04.
You can download the lasted version of HPLIP right now from the official website for your favorite GNU/Linux distribution:
Next, make it executable:
chmod -R 755 hplip-3.20.5.run
Finally, run the command to start installing HPLIP:
Follow the on-screen instructions, and provide the basic info to build the HPLIP on your system, once the setup is completed unplug and plug the printer and start the printing.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed HPLIP. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing HP’s Linux Imaging and Printing software (HPLIP) on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official HPLIP website.