How to Add a Network Printer in Linux

Computer users have differing needs, for some printing is important. Adding a printer to Linux may seem different from other operating systems. If you're buying a printer avoid Lexmark as these have the worst compatibility with Linux. Networked printers are convenient and include printers on a wireless network which are even more convenient. So this article assumes you have a network and printer.


  1. Turn on your network (or router) and ensure it can see any network devices. If you use MAC filtering you will need to add your printer and an ip address.
  2. Turn on your printer and connect it to your network. Usually this is done on a panel on the printer if it is wireless or plugged in directly if it is wired.
  3. user
    Turn on your computer and see if it detects your printer automatically.
  4. Superuser
    If it does not appear automatically, go through the add printer wizard as superuser. Click administrator mode (enter your password) and you will have a red border.
  5. KDE wizard
    KDE wizard
    Click Add, then new printer to launch the wizard.

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