Ubuntu – How to install latest HPLIP on the Ubuntu to support the HP printer and/or scanner


Let's assume that one has some modern HP printer and/or scanner which is not supported by HPLIP package from official repository.

Currently Ubuntu versions have the following versions in universe pocket:

trusty (14.04LTS) (utils): 3.14.3-0ubuntu3.4
xenial (16.04LTS) (utils): 3.16.3+repack0-1
bionic (18.04LTS) (utils): 3.17.10+repack0-5
focal (20.04): 3.20.3+dfsg0-2
groovy (20.10): 3.20.5+dfsg0-3build1

What can one do if printer is supported in newer version of HPLIP (checked this in HP Developer Portal | All Supported Printer Models)?

Best Answer


Currently there are no PPAs with newer hplip packages.

But user can download and install binary from HP as described in their manual.

Before you proceed you should remove any hplip related packages to avoid possible future conflicts.

HP have note about this problem on support page:

Warning: If you are upgrading HPLIP and HPLIP is already preinstalled with your distribution, or you if you installed HPLIP using an RPM, DEB, or other package, please uninstall the previous version using the method specific for your distribution. If you do not do this, you may have package conflict issues or functionality problems.

I have experimentally determined the list of packages (tested on 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS) and below are commands:

sudo apt-get purge hplip hplip-data hplip-doc hplip-gui hpijs-ppds \
libsane-hpaio printer-driver-hpcups printer-driver-hpijs
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/hplip/

sudo apt-get autoremove

Then you should perform the following steps:

  1. Step 1: Download the Automatic Installer (.run file) from official link for the Ubuntu or as for today using wget

    wget https://download.sourceforge.net/project/hplip/hplip/3.21.2/hplip-3.21.2.run
  2. Step 2: Run the Automatic Installer

    sh hplip-3.21.2.run

    Then follow instructions on screen (it should ask password of your sudo-capable user to run apt, and remove hplip-gui files if they were installed). The installation process is already well-documented on HPLIP site.

    After installation it will show printer installation wizard and you can add printer to the system.


Here we start with binary HPLIP installation (so we do not have HPLIP-related deb-packages installed).

Let's consider that we have installation file hplip-3.21.2.run in the current directory. We need to extract archive from it and then run uninstallation script.

sh hplip-3.21.2.run --noexec
cd hplip-3.21.2
sudo python3 ./uninstall.py
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/hplip/

Afterwards we install official Ubuntu packages instead (optionally):

sudo apt-get install hplip-gui

Note: I have reported bug 1782137 to HPLIP's LaunchPad account asking developers to include uninstallation feature of deb-packages HPLIP components from Ubuntu.