printer management for oF using CUPS API
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ofxCUPS is a wrapper of CUPS API to manipulate your printer from oF.

  • printing direct from oF
  • catching errors e.g. low-toner, media tray mepty…
  • adding print options e.g. media size, print quality…


  • not available for windows.
  • required adding libcups.2.dylib (see Screen Shot 2012-03-05 17.35.48.png)

Installation Instructions

  1. Download and install gutenprint.
    • You can use either the DMG file or compile from source.
  2. Add the libcups.2.dylib to your project.
    • In the Projects window click on your Target.
    • Go to the "Build Phases" tab.
    • Click the "+" button underneath "Link Binary With Libraries"
    • In the ensuing window prompt search for "libcups.2.dylib". Select that and choose add. You do not need any of the other dylibs listed.
  3. Include the addon in your openFrameworks project.
  4. Look to the included example file for how to implement ofxCUPs in your project.

Original Forum Post

CUPS api documentation