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Sending ZPL Commands to a Printer

Article ID: 28667989

Issue / Question

- How do I send ZPL code to my printer?

- Which tools can I use to send ZPL to my printer?

Applicable To

ZPL Printers

Resolution / Answer

Here are 3 methods of sending ZPL to a printer

  • Via the send file option in the ZDesigner driver - This method is good for sending ZPL files. See below for instructions
  • By using ZebraSetupUtilities - This tool has a open communication option to send raw ZPL code direct to the printer. Read More>>
  • Passthrough function - Use this method to embed ZPL code within your to be printed document; using a special font or with two designated characters. Read More>>
  • Generic Windows Text Printer - With this method, you can print a ZPL code by opening the file with a text editor and selecting the Generic Windows Text Printer.

Send File Option

Note: Depending on your operating system, the screenshots below might be different from what you see.
The screenshots have been taken from windows 10.

  1. Open the PC's settings
  2. Find Printers & Scanners in your PC's settings
  3. Select your printer and click Manage


  1. Select the Printing Preferences option
  2. Go to the Tools Tab

  1. Select Action
  2. Select Send file
  3. Click the ... button and find the file to send to the printer
  4. Click the Send button to send the file to the printer

Note: ZPL commands can override printer settings

Additional information

ZPL Manual Read More>>

+ Applicable Products

  • GC420d Desktop Printer
  • GC420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK420e
  • GK420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK888d
  • GK888t
  • GT800 Desktop Printer
  • GX420Rx Desktop Printer
  • GX420d Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • KR403 Kiosk Receipt Printer
  • ZD120
  • ZD410-HC
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420-D-T
  • ZD420-D-T-HC
  • ZD420-HC
  • ZD420C
  • ZD420D
  • ZD420D-HC
  • ZD420T
  • ZD420T-HC
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD510-HC Wristband Printer
  • ZD600-HC
  • ZD620-D-T
  • ZD620-D-T-HC
  • ZD620D
  • ZD620D-HC
  • ZD620T
  • ZD620T-HC
  • ZE500 Print Engines
  • ZQ300 Series Inside
  • ZQ300 Series Outside
  • ZQ310
  • ZQ320
  • ZQ510 Mobile Printer
  • ZQ520 Mobile Printer
  • ZQ610
  • ZQ610-HC
  • ZQ620
  • ZQ620-HC
  • ZT210 Industrial Printer
  • ZT220 Industrial Printer
  • ZT230 Industrial Printer
  • ZT410 Industrial Printer
  • ZT420 Industrial Printer
  • ZT510 Industrial Printer
  • ZT600 Series Industrial Printers
  • ZT610 Industrial Printer
  • ZT620 Industrial Printer