Known Mac OS X compatible drivers from 10.0 through 10.6
This page has direct links to many of the printer vendors Mac OS X information page, as
well as solutions to changes in the Mac OS X operating system that aren't supported
by the printer vendors, yet supported by open source programmers. Note, this list is by no means
comprehensive. If you find a printer that supports Mac OS X not listed here, please e-mail me from my guestbook page.
Page last changed: Jan 21, 2013
Vendor specific pages for print drivers
This page is arranged into the following sections:
August 26, 2010: Added PCL 6 PC/XL Ricoh Aficio MP1600Le info.
September 2, 2009: Added Dymo's Macintosh pages.
August 31, 2009: Added Apple's listing of compatible 10.6 printers.
February 6 2008: Added Okidata 10.5 drivers to vendor pages for the C3300 and C3400
January 2: Alps printer drivers added to Vendor page
December 22, 2007: Canon MX700 drivers sensitive to old HP drivers added to critical notes
December 10: Lexmark Support page info from Apple added under Vendor specific page.
December 6: HP support added for C8150, C8180, C8183, and C8150 under vendor specific drivers for Leopard (10.5)
December 4: Added link to Apple compatible printers for Mac OS X 10.5 under Critical Notes
October 14: Added USBTB to the Parallel printing solutions.
May 24: Added HP compatibility note with 10.4.9 under the Critical Notes section.
January 6, 2007: Added Apple Stylewriter section
August 13: Added Brother Critical note for Tiger
August 2: Added ESP Print Pro to Vendor page. Over 5300 crossplatform printer drivers
May 20: Added Epson 740 Print Jobs stop issue to Epson section in manufacturer.
May 18: Added note about Samsung printers in vendor section
May 5: Added second Apple Classic printing article
March 27: Added link to Apple's Classic printing knowledgebase article
January 23, 2005: Added serial printing guide to Mac OS X
September 21, 2004: Added unofficial listing of known compatible printers with Airport Express and Extreme in vendor section
September 17: Added HP All in one Classic printer help page in Vendor section
September 5: Added Thermal Printer drivers link from Peninsula Group in Vendor section
July 15: Added Raster supported printers by Mac OS X 10.3 to Raster Image Processor section
April 25: Added Airport printing troubleshooting page under Helpful Utilities.
April 15: Added Printfab and Proofmaster Adesso links under RIP utilities
March 14: Added link under vendor section to Apple's instructions for setting up printers under Mac OS X, added suggestion for
using a second user to setup a printer under the Helpful Utilities section.
February 7: Added Printer Setup Repair for 10.3.x, and modified Print Center Repair to indicate it is for 10.2.x and lower in the Helpful Utilities section
February 3: Added to Utilities section All in One Communications application resetter for HP printers.
January 27: Files to delete if nothing else works is added to helpful utilities section
January 26: Added next to Lexmark's link an important note about Panther (Mac OS X 10.3)
January 24: Updated links within pages above
January 20, 2004: Put RIP solutions on page.
November 9, 2003: Added Allosx's Panther Printing Fix
September 8: Added Minolta
July 24: Added Keyspan's Parallel printer adapter
April 6: Added Turboprint (now called Printfab)
March 19: Added Ricoh printer info
March 2: Added HP RIP driver info
December 22, 2002: Added info on Mac OS X 10.2.3
December 12: Updated Canon's Printer page link to current one, added Print Center Repair link
December 11: Added Epson RIP and Colormatching drivers for Mac OS X, and HP AIO 10.2.2 workaround
November 23: Added Alps printer drivers
November 17: Added new HP printer support from Linuxprinting.org
November 14: Added new links Apple, Brother, and Samsung drivers, and appended those vendor links with Guten-print (formerly known as gimp-print) drivers.
September 2: Added vendor page, Apple's new printer guide.
August 25: Added Gimp Print info
William Huisking discovered on Apple Discussions that his MX700 drivers
would not work with old HP drivers installed in 10.4.11. He had to delete all remnants of HP folders
from his various Library folders in System -> Library, Hard drive -> Library, and User -> Library. If you find you have a similar issue, I'd
report this to Canon and let them know so they can find out what drivers conflict with the existing HP drivers.
Apple has released a listing of all the included printer drivers for Mac OS X 10.5 on knowledgebase article 306684
A system administrator named Sinjin Lindbeck contacted HP technical support and discovered that repairing permissions would fix this problem they described to me that exists with 10.4.9:
"If running OS 10.4.9 and your HP printers, scanners, etc start losing print jobs into the ether or fail intermittently, perform a repair disk permissions to eliminate the problem. I spent about 4 hours on my own and finally called HP. They said it was a problem with their drivers and 10.4.9. Just thought I'd share."
Repair permissions is found in Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility.
If you have a printer issue which was resolved please state
the issue that was resolved, the printer model, the operating system version, and how it was resolved in the guestbook.
With the release of Panther (Mac OS X 10.3), many of these printer drivers may no longer work. Double check with the manufacturer to make sure the
printer is still supported. Apple included many new printer drivers with Panther which may work better. Check if your printer vendor is listed on the
installer of Panther, and make sure that any older versions of the printer drivers are removed before installing the Panther printer drivers.
Please Note: Print Center has a new name under Mac OS X 10.3. It is called Printer Setup Utility. It can also be activated under Mac OS X 10.3
through Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Print and Fax -> Printing -> Setup Printers. Instructions below relating to Print Center should work most of the time
in Print Setup Utility
Note Guten print (formerly known as gimp-print) and linuxprinting drivers do not support double sided printing on all printers and may also have trouble
printing directly from Adobe applications, though you can print using the preview application after making a preview of your print job.
At this time it is unknown if Printfab drivers have any limitations over what is supported by the makers of these printers.
It was found that the Tiger (with Mac OS X 10.4) driver for the Brother HL-2070 works for HL-2040 printer whose drivers don't come with Tiger.
On Apple Discussions, a user had trouble with a Ricoh Aficio MP1600Le in printing. The following suggestion was offered by another user:
The drivers from the Ricoh site are for those printers that have the optional PostScript module installed. Your description would indicate that the PostScript module is most likely not installed.
You will need to determine the printer languages that your printer
can understand. You do this by printing a configuration page from the printer.
If the configuration page shows that it can understand PCL 6/PCL XL,
then you can install the pxlmono drivers for Mac OS X from
Be sure to also download and install Foomatic-RIP and Ghostscript.
This may help if you have printer that meets the same standards.
RIP (Raster Image Processor drivers)
Four known raster image processing utilities exist for Mac OS X:
Apple's listing of raster supporting printers lists some built-in support by Apple.
iProof Systems PowerRIP, which are used for some Epson printers. iProof's customer service was recently very
poorly rated in the UK by a poster on Apple Discussions. Whether this is an isolated instance or not, it is unknown.
HPs RIP processor software for several of their printers
Print Fab - open source driver based RIP utility
Apple article 300849 helps explain how to print using the Classic environment, and so does http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh660.html
This Apple article discusses how to troubleshoot printing over a wireless
connection with Apple's Airport technology.
Allosx's Panther Printing Fix.
Some issues with existing printers may be resolved with Print Center repair for 10.1.x and 10.2.x, Printer Setup Repair for 10.3.x.
Users with 10.2.2 or earlier versions of Mac OS X 10.2 may use these utilities and upgrades to fix issues with HP Printing:
Read this note about it and its
Among the improvements listed for Mac OS X 10.2.3 which may solve HP printing problems:
"Improves compatibility for the HP Communications application."
"Printing and Print Center Enhancements
* Improves ability of Print Center to automatically find and add USB printers.
* Enhances default printer selection process after network printers have automatically been added.
* Printers configured with a Rendezvous name are now selectable from a Print dialog window.
* Improves notifications when a job cannot be printed due to a stopped print queue."
You can download 10.2.3 update to 10.2, 10.2.1 or update to 10.2.2 and install to see if it makes a difference for you.
HP has also released a utility called aioscript.sit to reset the
All in One driver Communications application in case it has a fit.
Files to delete
When all else fails one suggestion that appeared on Apple's discussion board is to delete the com.apple.print files in the following folders:
If that is done, it may be necessary to repair permissions to achieve a stable system and possibly reinstall the printer drivers
if they aren't working.
To repair permissions open: Hard Drive -> Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility -> First Aid -> select hard drive
in Disk Utility window and click on Repair Permissions. Note, this option is not available in Mac OS X 10.1.4 or earlier. Mac OS X 10.1.5
does not have this option in Disk Utility, though does have a Repair Privileges utility
which achieves the same goal.
Alps printer drivers. Additional drivers may be more current at the Japanese driver site (translated from Japanese to English).
Apple's raster ink-jet printer support in 10.3
Apple knowledgebase document on PPD files for laser printers for 10.2
Apple knowledgebase with instructions on setting up printers in Mac OS X
Apple Imagewriter drivers from Linuxprinting.org
The Apple Guide's search engine for compatible printers (older searchable guide from Apple's software/hardware compatibility database)
Brother, also see Linuxprinting.org drivers, Guten-print (formerly known as Gimp-print), and Printfab
Canon, also see Guten-print (formerly known as Gimp-print) and Printfab
Dymo's 10.6, 10.5, Labelwriter, DiscPainter, Labelpoint and LabelManager pages.
Epson, alternate Australian site may have more up-to-date drivers for Epson, Epson RIP and colormatching drivers from iProof Systems, Guten-Print (formerly known as Gimp-print), and Printfab.
Apple has released an interesting article to fix
Mac OS X 10.4: Print job stops when printing to an Epson SC 740 printer.
Hewlett Packard (HP), HP Classic printing support search, Raster Image Processing (RIP) drivers. Also see Guten-print (formerly known as gimp-print), Linuxprinting.org open source drivers for X, and Printfab
If you have 10.2.2 or earlier see the helpful utilities. HP support for HP support added for C8150, C8180, C8183, and C8150 in Mac OS X 10.5
Lexmark, and Apple article 307081 discusses how to install Lexmark drivers on Mac OS X 10.5. Also see Guten-print (formerly known as gimp-print).
Minolta printer drivers
OKI Snow Leopard page
Peninsula Group's Thermal Printer drivers for several different Thermal printers.
Latest Mac OS X Samsung drivers, also see Linuxprinting.org's drivers. According to one report on Apple Discussions, the 10.4.1 update has been reported to solve a Samsung 1710 printer's inability to print on 10.4.0 with its Samsung ML-1000 driver.
Tektronix (supported by Xerox)
Serial printing guide - Print to non-USB, Parallel, or ethernet printers using old Apple serial technology
Unofficial known compatible printers with Airport Express and Extreme
Migrating from 10.1 to 10.2 using Gimp Print
Several printer models are no longer supported under Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) that may have been supported under Mac OS X 10.0 or 10.1, some will be have new support added later on, check with the printer vendor if they are going to build Jaguar support.
There is a temporary solution for numerous printers using Guten Print (formerly known as Gimp Print) (download the latest ppc version),
with instructions on Allosx.com to install it. Here is the Developer Site for Gimp Print.
Migrating from 10.0 to 10.1
Two tips for migrating between Mac OS X 10.0 and 10.1 printers:
One person in
Macfixit reported problems getting the drivers to still work, but found a workaround:
"Yup, I am running 10.1.2. it's entirely possible the new drivers
wouldn't show up if you aren't running 10.1.2.
I fixed my problem, there was something wrong with the installer I
believe. I removed all of my HP drivers, then removed the receipt that said
I had installed it, and ran Software Update.
After that, the Print Center launched fine, and found my printer.
BTW, tons of people are having the problem - check out macintouch.com
and other posts here."
From the sounds of this, if you have an old driver and can't get the update
to work, you might consider removing the old drivers for your particular model before
applying the update.
A second person mentioned on Macfixit:
"I have gotten
my deskjet 940c to work with 10.1. Before you upgrade to 10.1,
(while 10.0.4 is still
installed), pull the deskjet folder out of '/Library/Printers/hp/'.
Save this to your desktop.
Upgrade to 10.1. Then, install the contents of this folder back
to the new deskjet folder in
'/Library/Printers/hp/deskjet'. My Print Center immediately recognized
Parallel printing support
USBTB - offers a variety of USB and Parallel printing solutions for both Mac OS X PowerPC and Intel Native solutions
based on open source drivers
Keyspan, now owned by Tripplite makes a Mac OS X 10.2 compatible USB to parallel printer adapter with additional drivers.
Strydent's Powerprint, was a previous developer of Mac compatible USB to Parallel printer drivers, they included a USB Parallel adapter with their commercial software.
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Apple Stylewriter Compatibility
Ages ago in the early days of the Mac, Apple teamed together with Canon (Stylewriter I through 2500) and HP (4100, 4500, and 6500) to make a series of inkjet
printers with Apple's own logo on them. The Canon versions currently don't have a known working software for 10.4, however the HP ones do.
Keyspan's USB to Serial adapters may work for HP based Stylewriter printers
with Gutenprint or HPIJ drivers with the
Serial Print Enabler.
USB Gear has a whole range of serial and Parallel printer adapters for all versions of Mac OS.