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How to Install Star Ethernet (LAN) printer on Ubuntu Linux OS

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This application note explains how to install various Star Ethernet Printers on the Ubuntu Linux OS. While this document was developed using the TSP800, it is applicable to the printers listed below.

Supported Printers: TSP100III, TSP650II, SP700, TSP800II, TSP700II.

Supported Interfaces: Ethernet (LAN).

Supported Environments: Ubuntu Linux.

Download the CUPS_for_Linux driver from our Global Support Website.

NOTE: Extract the zipped file into the desired directory

For this application note we have downloaded the CUPS 2.10.0 folder and copied the ‘starcupsdrv-2.10.0.tar.gz’ to the desktop

Open the Terminal and type in the following commands separately:

Type ‘sudo apt-get update’

Type ‘sudo apt-get gcc install’

Type ‘sudo apt-get install libcupsys2-dev’

Type ‘sudo apt-get install libcupsimage2-dev’

Type ‘cd Desktop’

Type ‘sudo tar xzvf starcupsdrv-2.10.0.tar.gz’

Type ‘cd starcupsdrv’

Type ‘sudo make’

Type ‘sudo make install’

Perform a self-test on the printer by turning the power OFF, holding down the FEED button and turning the printer back ON. It will print two tests.

NOTE: The second test will show the current IP parameters at the bottom of the page. It will display the DHCP or BOOTP IP address. If it shows all zeros with “Didn’t obtain”, an IP address must be manually assigned via Terminal.


Open a web browser and go to “localhost:631”. Then click on “Add Printer”


Type in the printer Name, Printer Location and Description (optional) and click continue


Choose “LPD/LPR Host or Printer” in the device list


Type in the device URI as follows:

lpd://IP address/printer name (e.g. lpd://

click continue.


Select “Star” in the “Make” dropdown box and click continue

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NOTE: If an error message appears stating that the PPD file cannot be copied, hit the “Back” button on the browser. Scroll down to “Or Provide a PPD File:” and click the “Browse” button. Browse to the “starcupsdrv-2.10.0.tar.gz” folder and then the PPD folder.


Locate the printer model being installed, highlight it and click “open”. Then click the “Add button”.

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The browser will confirm that the printer has been successfully added.

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To confirm communication with the printer, click the “Print Test Page” button.

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