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

February 6, 2015

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:

./hplip-x.x.x.run

via: HPLIP release note

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