HPLIP 3.18.4 Released, Adds Support 18.04 and Boat Load of New Printers

HP Linux Printer Drivers (HPLIP) version 3.18.4 was recently released with support for Ubuntu 18.04 and boat load of new printers. If you’re going to be using HP printers on Ubuntu desktop, you should definately install the latest version of HPLIP.

HP Linux printers driver package is known as HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) and it’s 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


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

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M28a
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M29a
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M30a
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M31a
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M30c
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M31c
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M28w
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M29w
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M30w
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M31w
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M30cw
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M31cw
HP LaserJet Pro M14a
HP LaserJet Pro M15a
HP LaserJet Pro M16a
HP LaserJet Pro M17a
HP LaserJet Pro M14c
HP LaserJet Pro M17c
HP LaserJet Pro M14wHPP LaserJet Pro M15w
HP LaserJet Pro M16w
HP LaserJet Pro M17w
HP LaserJet Pro M14cw
HP LaserJet Pro M17cw

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

cd /tmp && wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/hplip/hplip-3.18.4.run

Then run the commands below to install the driver package.

sh hplip-3.18.4.run

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. 3.18.4)
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
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 3.18.4 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

This is how to install HPLIP on Ubuntu

HPLIP ubuntu 18.04


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  1. After installing HPLIP 3.18.4 my laser printer (M 102w) prints tiny pages (about 6.5 by 4.5 centimeters) in the top left hand corner of theA4 page however my color printer (DJ 6940) prints normal, full sized pages.
    Befoer loading and running HPLIP 3.18.4 my M 102w wouldn’t print at all.

  2. I have been trying to install HPLIP 3.18.4 and a variety of previous versions on my Ubuntu 18.04 computer but I can’t seem to get past the following error message after running ” sh hplip-3.18.4.run” :
    error: debian-buster/sid version is not supported, so all dependencies may not be installed. However trying to install using debian-9.4 version packages. Could you please advise if there is a workaround, or a newer version of this package


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