HP Linux Imaging and Printing

Print, Scan and Fax Drivers for Linux

Manual Build and Install Instructions for FreeBSD

Step 1: Installation Prerequisite Steps

Important

This process has not been tested on HPLIP 2.7.X

Note

FreeBSD has not been tested and is not currently supported, however the FreeBSD community has been working on a port of HPLIP for your distro. Here is the problem report for using HPLIP.

AM-Productions has created an HP Printer and Multi-Function Device Support for FreeBSD document.

You may also want to review the mailing list archives for FreeBSD considerations. Available here.

Review the HPLIP system requirements for more information.

View the current Release Notes for additional information on this release.


Step 2: Install Dependency Packages

Use the Other Linux Distros page for a list of required depencency packages.

Use your distro documentation for installing the packages.


Step 3: Download HPLIP

Note

We recommend that you download the HPLIP tarball to your home or desktop directory.

A. Click here to Download the Regular Tarball

B. Go to the directory where you downloaded the HPLIP tarball.

Example:

cd ~/Desktop

C. Uncompress the tarball.

Enter this command:

tar xvfz hplip-3.17.10.tar.gz

This will create a directory with the same name as the tarball file.

D. Change your working directory to the hplip-3.17.10 directory.

Example:

cd hplip-3.17.10

Step 4: Configure HPLIP for installation

A. This step configures the development environment and checks that your system is ready to install HPLIP.

For specific information on using ./configure and the different options please go here. Also reference your distro documentation and configuration for additional information on which tags are relevant.

Enter this command (select the appropriate command depending on your system configuration):

32 bit distro users:

./configure --with-hpppddir=/usr/share/ppd/HP --prefix=/usr --disable-qt4 --disable-qt5 --enable-doc-build --enable-cups-ppd-install --disable-foomatic-drv-install --disable-libusb01_build --disable-foomatic-ppd-install --disable-hpijs-install --disable-udev_sysfs_rules --disable-policykit --disable-cups-drv-install --enable-hpcups-install --enable-network-build --enable-dbus-build --enable-scan-build --enable-fax-build

64 bit distro users:

./configure --with-hpppddir=/usr/share/ppd/HP --libdir=/usr/lib64 --prefix=/usr --disable-qt4 --disable-qt5 --enable-doc-build --enable-cups-ppd-install --disable-foomatic-drv-install --disable-libusb01_build --disable-foomatic-ppd-install --disable-hpijs-install --disable-udev_sysfs_rules --disable-policykit --disable-cups-drv-install --enable-hpcups-install --enable-network-build --enable-dbus-build --enable-scan-build --enable-fax-build

Step 5: Run Make

A. This step will compile the HPLIP source.

Important

You want to run make as a regular user, NOT as root.

Enter this command:

make

Step 6: Run Make Install

A. This step will install HPLIP.

Enter this command:

su -c "make install"

Step 7: Post Installation Step(s)

A. If you are going to be setting up a printer with USB and the printer is already plugged in, you will need to do one of the following:

  1. Unlpug and re-plug in the USB printer, or
  2. Restart your PC.

Failure to do this will cause your USB printer to not be detected by HPLIP.


Step 8: Configuring your printer using hp-setup

Continue to hp-setup