Install HP Print Drivers In Linux Mint

DISCLAIMER:  NO COMMAND LINE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED!

So…  You just bought a new Hewlett-Packard printer, took it home, hooked it up to your Linux computer and the damned thing doesn’t work.  WTF?

You installed the HPLIP drivers from the repository.  So why doesn’t it work?

Because the drivers in the official repository are out-of-date.  You bought the latest and greatest printer, but now you need the latest and greatest print drivers.  It’s a simple process that can be done by anyone.

Step One:

Download the latest HP drivers installation file.

HP Print Drivers Installation File

Step Two:

Right-click on the file and select “Properties” from the menu list:

Right-click and select "Properties"

Step Three:

Under the “Permissions” tab, make sure that the “Allow executing file as program” option is checked:

Properties Dialog Box

Click the Close button.

Step Four:

Right-click on the file again and select “Open” from the menu list:

Right-click and select "Open"

Or just double-click on the file.

Step Five:

Select “Run In Terminal” from the dialog box:

Select "Run In Terminal"

Step Six:

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

Hit the [Enter] key.

Step Seven:

Is “Linux Mint (version number)” your correct distro/OS and version (y=yes*, n=no, q=quite) ? y

[Enter].

Step Eight:

Please enter your sudoer password:

Type in your password and hit [Enter].

Step Nine:

Please read the installation notes.  Press <enter> to continue or ‘q’ to quit:

[Enter].

Step Ten:

Do you want to install missing dependencies (y=yes*, n=no, q=quit) ?  y

[Enter].

Step Eleven:

Do you want to (‘i’=remove and install*, ‘o’=overwrite, ‘q’=Quit)? :i

Your safest option is to remove (uninstall) the old drivers and install the new drives.

[Enter].

Step Twelve:

Do you want to check for HPLIP updates?. (y=yes*, n=no) : y

[Enter].

Step Thirteen:

Restart or re-plug in your printer (r=restart, p=re-plug in*, i=ignore/continue, q=quit) : r

Make sure your printer is plugged in and turned on.

[Enter].

Step Fourteen:

Restart now (y=yes, n=no*, q=quit) ? y

Hit [Enter] and reboot.

You’re done!  The new drivers are installed and your new HP printer should work perfectly.

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One Response to “Install HP Print Drivers In Linux Mint”

  1. The Doctor Says:

    Q: How do I install a HP 3520 to Linux Mint?

    A: Just plug it in.

    The drivers link above is for newer HP printers that may not be supported by the older HP drivers included with Linux Mint.

    Those with older printers do not necessarily need to install the newer drivers. But you will want the hplip-gui program found in the Linux Mint repositories. Menu > System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager > Search for hplip.

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