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CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for OS X and other UNIX-like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) as the basis for managing print jobs and queues, and adds network printer browsing and PostScript Printer Description (PPD) based printing options to support real-world printing.

What's New

Version 1.7.2:
  • Security: The scheduler now blocks URLs containing embedded HTML (STR #4356)
  • Documentation fixes (STR #3259, STR #4346, STR #4355)
  • Fixed the Japanese localization (STR #4385)
  • Added a German localization (STR #4363)
  • The cupsfilter command incorrectly read the cupsd.conf file; it now reads the cups-files.conf file instead.
  • Fixed OS X builds more...


OS X 10.8 or later

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MichaelWilliams6793 Member IconComment-1

Get the following error at the "make" command:

3 errors generated.
make[1]: *** [adminutil.o] Error 1

Running a clean 10.9.1 and using XCode 5.0.2.

Am thus unable to test and/or rate this update.

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Version 1.7.1
Derekcurrie Member IconComment+715

As a reminder, the general policy for CUPS is:

1) Don't install CUPS unless you know you need it, or are geeky enough to want to play with it.

2) Never install anything but a stable version of CUPS, unless you're already an experienced beta tester. Beta CUPS can badly mess up your computer.

BTW: There is no such thing as 'Easy Software Products', a company that went defunct years ago. I wish MU would remove that label for the developer website link. CUPS is an open source project sponsored by Apple. The project can be found at CUPS.org.

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Version 1.6.2

I second this.

I remember having to use Pacifist to recover portions of my OS not knowing CUPS had become part of OS X some years ago.

Nick Collingridge Member IconComment+142
Nick Collingridge

Current version of CUPS built in to 10.7.4 is 1.5.3.

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Version 1.6.1

and... CUPS 1.6.2 is the current version in OS X 10.8.3

Nick Collingridge Member IconComment+142
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Current version of CUPS built in to 10.7.3 is 1.5.1.

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Version 1.5.2
Monty Member IconReview+109

The download (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/24397/cups) does not work (Not Found).

Looking at the developer's site, 1.5.1 was pulled. Current version is 1.5.2.

Correct link is http://www.cups.org/software.php?VERSION=1.5.2&FILE=cups/1.5.2/cups-1.5.2-source.tar.bz2

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Version 1.5.1
Phoenixdownunder Member IconComment+15

1.5.1 has been pulled, the link above no longer works. Go to the site www.cups.org and download 1.5.2 from there.

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Version 1.5.1
F451 Member IconComment+393

For those who wish to update, and are not reliant upon Apple's System updates there is another safe means of doing so: Print Therapy by FIXAMAC.

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Version 1.4.6

FIXAMAC? Yes, but:
We realize that now that Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) has been released, a lot of you will be wanting to upgrade Spotless and Print Therapy. Currently, we do not have Lion compatible versions of these products. Rest assured that we are working hard on the next versions and will have them released as soon as possible."

Negritude Member IconComment+1082

People who are using the latest major version of OS X have no use for this. Apple already makes sure that CUPS is kept up-to-date for those users. The only people who might need or want this are those using an earlier version of the operating system, because in those cases, Apple usually stops providing anything other than basic security updates, and allows certain open source components to languish.

For example, while Snow Leopard already has version 1.4.5 of CUPS, Leopard, even at 10.5.8 and with Apple's security updates that came after it, is still at version 1.3.11.

And with that said, keep in mind that if you don't know what you are doing you can completely DESTROY your ability to print, which will require an operating system re-install or a backup restore. Unless you're comfortable building from source and know how to handle anything that might go wrong, LEAVE THIS ALONE. Please.

And backup your hard drive or make sure that your Time Machine backups are working BEFORE you install this. Please.

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Version 1.4.5

I second this post! Years ago I fubar'd my MDD G4 doing the same thing! lol Apple owns the rights to CUPS now, anyway, so its built in and not worth tampering with.

To see what version you've installed and for further help point your browser to: http://localhost:631/


Except I read that CUPS is going away in 10.7...


Really? Got a link to an article or even some rumor and speculation? I know that Java and Rosetta have been deprecated or removed, but hadn't heard anything about CUPS.

In any event, it doesn't matter, since an OS has to provide printing services, so if CUPS goes away it will just be replaced with something else. The end-user could care less.


Ah, Negritude reminds me, it was SAMBA that is going away in 10.7 (replaced with a home-grown solution), not CUPS... Oops. ;-)

Nicolasd Member IconComment+120

you can check your CUPS version via the Terminal

cups-config --version

My 10.6.5 Mac had 1.4.5 already installed.

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Version 1.4.5


Stephenej Member IconComment+30

This is the version currently included with 10.6.3 Snow Leopard.
Just in case anyone was curious...

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Version 1.4.3
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Version 1.5.1
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Version 1.4.5
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Version 1.4.5
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Downloads 29,482
Version Downloads 1,084
Type Drivers / Printers
License Free
Date 12 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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