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Printer/driver database of

Foomatic is the printer/driver database of The XML-based system integrates free software printer drivers with all common spoolers (CUPS, LPRng, LPD, GNUlpr, PPR, PDQ, CPS, etc.) in UNIX. It generates printer/driver description files which, together with spooler-specific filter scripts, allow easy setup of print queues with access to all driver options. Foomatic ships with every major distro and its Web site is used as a reference by vendors. It is an up-to-date and distribution-independent repository of printer and driver data, scripts, and utilities, accompanied by the wealth of knowledge, tips and tricks, solutions, and enlightenment provided by its newsgroups.


User README included; User guide included (see the USAGE file); User tutorials available in HTML format from


Download version 4.0-20170225 (stable)
released on 25 February 2017


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License:GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey28 January 2003

Leaders and contributors

Grant Taylor Maintainer
Till Kamppeter Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitecps
Required to usemake
Weak prerequisitelprng
Weak prerequisitexpp
Weak prerequisitegnulpr
Weak prerequisitekprinter
Weak prerequisitecups
Required to usewget *or* cURL
Weak prerequisitegpr
Weak prerequisiteppr
Required to uselibxml 2.x
Weak prerequisiteespgs; See also for a list of compatible printers and drivers
Weak prerequisitepdq
Required to usePerl
Weak prerequisitelpd

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 26 February 2017.


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