A Java implementation of IPP
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JIPP: A Java-compatible IPP library

This project contains:

  • jipp-core, the core IPP parser/builder for IPP packets.
  • jipp-pdls, which converts raster format docs to common page description languages (PCLm and PWG-Raster).
  • jprint, a sample app showing how jipp-core can be used to send a document to a printer.

jipp-core features:

  • Supports construction of IPP servers, clients, routers, gateways, etc.
  • Common operations and attributes are defined and ready to use.
  • Can be extended to support new operations and attributes.
  • Can be used over any transport (typically HTTP).
  • Includes a pretty-printer for human-readable IPP packet display.
  • Kotlin users can access a type-safe packet building DSL

What could I do with this?

  • Scan and show available printers on your network to your users.
  • Implement an Android Print Service.
  • Test IPP clients or IPP printers in interesting ways.
  • Experiment with alternative IPP transports.
  • Implement a cloud-based print server or client.

The API is fully Java-compatible but is actually implemented in Kotlin. JavaDoc is available for the Java-facing API.


In short:

  1. Add the current version of JIPP to your project
dependencies {
    compile 'com.hp.jipp:jipp-core:0.6.7'
    compile 'com.hp.jipp:jipp-pdl:0.6.7' // Only needed if transforming PDLs
  1. Create an IppClientTransport or IppServerTransport (see example HttpIppClientTransport.java)
  2. Use the transport to send and receive IppPacket objects, e.g.:
URI uri = URI.create("");
IppPacket printRequest = new IppPacket(Operation.printJob, 123,
transport.sendData(uri, new IppPacketData(printRequest, new FileInputStream(inputFile)));

A very basic use case is demonstrated by the jprint sample app. To run it:

# build the app
./gradlew jprint:build

# unzip in the current directory
unzip -o ./sample/jprint/build/distributions/jprint-*.zip

# Use IPP to print a file to the supplied HTTP/IPP endpoint.
# (The printer must natively support the file type.)
jprint-*/bin/jprint "ipp://" sample.pdf

API Maturity

Until 1.0, APIs may still be changed in non-backwards-compatible ways.

Migration from v0.6.5

  • The KeywordOrName type was introduced to allow for fields that can legitimately contain either IANA-registered keywords OR unregistered, locally-defined names. For example, MediaCol.mediaType must contain a KeywordOrName, not simply a String (Keyword).

Migration from v0.5.x

0.6 includes some API changes. Some changes may require changes in your code.

  • Types now includes all defined types as published as of 2018-04-06 at IANA.
  • Collection types such as MediaCol are now expressed as POJO and are automatically constructed/deconstructed.
  • com.hp.jipp.model.IppPacket moved to com.hp.jipp.encoding.IppPacket so that all PWG generated code lives in .model.
  • Keyword attribute values now present as simple, untyped Strings. Allowed strings are provided in static objects (e.g. Media.java defines all possible media types.)
  • The MediaSize type is removed in favor of Media strings. If needed, the MediaSizes utility class provides a method to extract x- and y-dimensions from a Media keyword containing dimensions.
  • The Attribute class is now a List of attribute values, so it is no longer necessary to call .getValues() to obtain them.
  • The AttributeGroup class is now a List of Attribute<*> so it may be iterated directly to access attributes it contains.
  • Attributes of Name or Text types now appear in those types to allow clients to access language information if present and to distinguish from ordinary keywords. The following additional methods may help to convert attribute values to String:
    • Name.asString() and Text.asString() are Stringable and extract the value in string form. .getValue() also does this.
    • Attribute.strings(), AttributeGroup.getStrings(), and IppPacket.getStrings() do the same for all types.
  • Status.ok is now Status.successfulOk, etc.


jipp-core's only dependencies are JDK 6+ and the current Kotlin runtime.


./gradlew build

A full build of this project requires python (2.x) and dot to generate dependency graphs

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