HP Printer Drivers ‘HPLIP’ Adds Python 3, New Distro’s Support

February 6, 2015 — Leave a comment

HP Printer Drivers for Linux

HPLIP, HP print, scan and fax drivers for Linux, has recently reached the 3.15.2 release with new Linux distributions support, Python 3 support, and a few bug fixes.

For the Python 3 support for HPLIP, there are some limitations:

  • Doesn’t support Fax Cover Page in Python 3 environments
  • XSane installation failed message on Debian, type ‘n’ to continue installation when HPLIP tools ask to retry xsane installation
  • Cannot launch hp-toolbox for Python less than version 3.4
  • Dependent package installation fails on Fedora

New Distro’s added support in HPLIP 3.15.2:

  • Debian 7.7, 7.8
  • OpenSuse 13.2
  • Fedora 21

And the launchpad fixes in this release:

  • Doesn’t build against libjpeg-turbo 1.3.90
  • hpcups crashes if DEVICE_URI not set in environment
  • Incorrect call to hpmudext.device_open
  • plugin download fails if python links to python3
  • Incorrect IEEE 1284 Device IDs for many models

How to install/upgrade HPLIP in Linux:

First download the HPLIP installer, the “hplip-x.x.x.run” file at:

Download HPLIP

Once the download process finish, open a terminal window and cd to the downloads folder:

cd ~/Downloads

Make the installer package executable (replace ‘hplip-x.x.x.run’ with the real package name in below commands):

chmod +x hplip-x.x.x.run

Finally start the installer and follow the onscreen prompts:


via: HPLIP release note


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