lpadmin configures printer and class queues provided by
CUPS. It can also be used to set the server default printer or
When specified before the -d, -p, or -x
options, the -E option forces encryption when connecting to
The first form of the command (-d) sets the default printer
or class to destination. Subsequent print jobs submitted
via the lp(1) or lpr(1) commands will use this
destination unless the user specifies otherwise with the
The second form of the command (-p) configures the named
printer. The additional options are described below.
The third form of the command (-x) deletes the printer or
class destination. Any jobs that are pending for the
destination will be removed and any job that is currently printed
will be aborted.
The following options are recognized when configuring a printer
Adds the named printer to class. If class does
not exist it is created automatically.
Sets a System V style interface script for the printer. This
option cannot be specified with the -P option (PPD file)
and is intended for providing support for legacy printer drivers.
Sets a standard System V interface script or PPD file from the
Sets a PPD or server option for the printer. PPD options can be
listed using the -l option with the lpoptions(1)
Sets the kilobyte limit for per-user quotas. The value is an
integer number of kilobytes; one kilobyte is 1024 bytes.
Sets the page limit for per-user quotas. The value is the integer
number of pages that can be printed; double-sided pages are
counted as two pages.
Sets the accounting period for per-user quotas. The value is an
integer number of seconds; 86,400 seconds are in one day.
Sets the default banner page(s) to use for print jobs.
Sets the binary communications program to use when printing,
"none", "bcp", or "tbcp". The default program is "none".
Sets the error policy to be used when the printer backend is
unable to send the job to the printer. The name must be one of
"abort-job", "retry-job" or "stop-printer". The default error
policy is "stop-printer".
Sets the printer to shared/published or unshared/unpublished.
Shared/published printers are publically announced by the server
on the LAN based on the browsing configuration in
cupsd.conf, while unshared/unpublished printers are not
announced. The default value is "true".
Sets the IPP operation policy associated with the printer. The
name must be defined in the cupsd.conf in a Policy section.
The default operation policy is "default".
Removes the named printer from class. If the
resulting class becomes empty it is removed.
Sets user-level access control on a printer. Names starting with
"@" are interpreted as UNIX groups. The latter two forms turn
user-level access control off.
Sets the device-uri attribute of the printer queue. If
device-uri is a filename it is automatically converted to
the form file:///file/name. Use the lpinfo(8) command
to get a list of supported device URIs and schemes.
Provides a textual description of the printer.
Enables the printer and accepts jobs; this is the same as running the
accept(8) and cupsenable(8) programs on the printer.
Provides a textual location of the printer.
Specifies a PostScript Printer Description file to use with the
printer. If specified, this option overrides the -i option
Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to
contain any printable character except SPACE, TAB, "/", or "#".
Also, printer and class names are not case-sensitive.
Finally, the CUPS version of lpadmin may ask the user for
an access password depending on the printing system
configuration. This differs from the System V version which
requires the root user to execute this command.
The CUPS version of lpadmin does not support all of the
System V or Solaris printing system configuration options.