How to Install HP Linux Imaging and Printing ( HPLIP ) on Ubuntu Linux

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This post shows students and new users steps to install HPLIP on Ubuntu Linux. If you’re going to be using HP printers with Ubuntu, you should definitely install the latest versions of HPLIP drivers.

HP Linux Printer Drivers (HPLIP) version 3.18.9 was released with support for some new printers. To support the latest HP printers, you should definately install the latest version of HPLIP.

HPLIP is updated frequently to support newer printers as they become available. If you’ve just acquired a new HP printer it will mostly work with the latest version of Ubuntu.

However, if the printer is not supported by Ubuntu or the drivers are not installed, installing HPLIP might make the drivers available. This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install HPLIP on Ubuntu to support the latest HP printers.

For more details on the latest drviers and the list of supported printers, click the link below

HP Developers Portal | Release Notes

Below is a list of printers that are now supported with the new drivers.

  • HP PageWide 755dn
  • HP PageWide MFP 774dns
  • HP PageWide MFP 774dn
  • HP PageWide MFP 779dns
  • HP PageWide MFP 779dn
  • HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148dw
  • HP LaserJet Pro MFP M149dw
  • HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw
  • HP LaserJet Pro MFP M149fdw
  • HP LaserJet Pro M118dw
  • HP LaserJet Pro M119dw
  • HP Scanjet Ent Flow 7500

To install the latest driver on Ubuntu desktop, run the commands below to download it.

cd /tmp && wget

Then run the commands below to install the driver package.


The installation wizard should start up and help you install the drivers. Type y to begin the installation.

HP Linux Imaging and Printing System (ver. 3.18.9)
HPLIP Installer ver. 5.1

Copyright (c) 2001-15 HP Development Company, LP
This software comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
This is free software, and you are welcome to distribute it
under certain conditions. See COPYING file for more details.

Then a to choose the automatic installation mode by typing a

Automatic mode will install the full HPLIP solution with the most common options.
Custom mode allows you to choose installation options to fit specific requirements.

Please choose the installation mode (a=automatic*, c=custom, q=quit) : a

This installer will install HPLIP version 3.18.9 on your computer.
Please close any running package management systems now (YaST, Adept, Synaptic, Up2date, etc).

Continue with installation for the version of Ubuntu. After a few minutes, the installation should complete.

The new driver may prompt you to remove existing HPLIP drivers to install the newer one. Please choose to do that to continue.

HPLIP-3.17.10 exists, this may conflict with the new one being installed.
Do you want to ('i'= Remove and Install*, 'q'= Quit)? :i

Check for updates, then restart when prompted.

This is how to install HPLIP on Ubuntu

ubuntu install hplip


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