CUPS
CUPS
2.3.0

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CUPS

2.3.0
10 September 2019

Common UNIX printing system.

Overview

CUPS is a standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for macOS® and other UNIX®-like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol ("IPP") and provides System V and Berkeley command-line interfaces, a web interface, and a C API to manage printers and print jobs. It supports printing to both local (parallel, serial, USB) and networked printers, and printers can be shared from one computer to another, even over the Internet!

Internally, CUPS uses PostScript Printer Description ("PPD") files to describe printer capabilities and features and a wide variety of generic and device- specific programs to convert and print many types of files. Sample drivers are included with CUPS to support many Dymo, EPSON, HP, Intellitech, OKIDATA, and Zebra printers. Many more drivers are available online and (in some cases) on the driver CD-ROM that came with your printer.

CUPS is licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0. See the file "LICENSE" for more information.

What's new in CUPS

Version 2.3.0:
  • Adopts the new CUPS license
  • Adds support for IPP presets and finishing templates
  • Fixes a number of bugs and "polish" issues
  • Includes the new ippeveprinter utility

Full changelog available here.

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SickTeddyBear
05 December 2010

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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
leeboo
18 August 2014
HELP!!!! hi, I download 1.7.2 Released 12-Apr-2014 and then make install and then I can't launch any apps, crash log is: Dyld Error Message: Library not loaded: /usr/lib/libcups.2.dylib Referenced from: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/PrintCore.framework/Versions/A/PrintCore Reason: no suitable image found. Did find: /usr/lib/libcups.2.dylib: mach-o, but wrong architecture /usr/lib/libcups.2.dylib: mach-o, but wrong architecture How Can I Do Now???
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Version 1.7.2
2 answer(s)
leeboo
leeboo
18 August 2014
os x 10.9.4 x86_64
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huqilong
huqilong
13 September 2015
hi, I do the same thing just like you, did you fix it?
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MichaelWilliams6793
10 January 2014
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
1 answer(s)
huqilong
huqilong
13 September 2015
now,i have nothing to do but to reinstall my os.
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Derekcurrie
18 March 2013
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
1 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
14 April 2014
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.
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Nick-Collingridge
30 July 2012
Current version of CUPS built in to 10.7.4 is 1.5.3.
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Version 1.6.1
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
18 March 2013
and... CUPS 1.6.2 is the current version in OS X 10.8.3
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Nick-Collingridge
06 February 2012
Current version of CUPS built in to 10.7.3 is 1.5.1.
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Version 1.5.2
monty-3
05 February 2012
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
05 February 2012
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
07 January 2011
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
1 answer(s)
JROE
JROE
05 February 2012
FIXAMAC? Yes, but: "07/22/11 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."
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SickTeddyBear
05 December 2010
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
4 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
07 January 2011
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/
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Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
18 April 2011
Except I read that CUPS is going away in 10.7...
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SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
18 April 2011
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.
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Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
19 April 2011
Ah, Negritude reminds me, it was SAMBA that is going away in 10.7 (replaced with a home-grown solution), not CUPS... Oops. ;-)
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Nicolasd
05 December 2010
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
1 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
07 January 2011
http://localhost:631/
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