Installing a ZebraDesigner Printer Driver To Use With ZebraDesigner Software

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Issue / Question

How do I install a ZDesigner driver to use with ZebraDesigner software? 

How do I download the printer driver for the Zebra Designer software? 

Where can I find the right driver for the Zebra printer? 

Which version of the ZDesigner driver should I download?

Applicable To

ZebraDesigner drivers for supported Zebra Printers

Resolution / Answer

NOTE Only ZDesigner drivers can be used with the ZebraDesigner software. It is recommended to download the latest driver available from Support and Downloads: Printers Support


Find your printer's latest driver by visiting and navigate to the Support and Downloads page. 

There are two ways to find the driver: 

  • Enter your printer model in the search box located mid-way down the Support and Downloads page as shown below. 

  • Alternatively, you can scroll down the Support and Download page to find all printers categorized according to their product family, for example, Card Printers, Desktop Printer, Industrial Printer, and more.  

    Click on your printer model and it will lead you to the printer model’s support page.

NOTE If you have installed Zebra Setup Utilities, it will preload the driver on your PC. Do take note to always load the driver before attempting to connect the printer via USB.

ZDesigner Driver version 8 is for all label printers with Link-OS
For installation of the ZDesigner Driver version 8, refer to this article: How to Install Zebra Printer Using Driver v8.

ZDesigner Driver version 5 is for all label printers without Link-OS. For example, the G-series label printers (GC, GX, GT, GK Series), TLP2844, or any other printer that is not compatible with a  version 8 driver.

Installing the ZDesigner Driver version 5:

  1. From the Printer’s Support page, select the Driver tab.
  2. Select the required printer driver and click Download.
  3. Review the terms of the End User License Agreement and click Accept and Begin Download Now.
  4. When the ‘Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?’ prompt appears, click YES
  5. When the InstallAware Wizard for ZDesigner Windows Printer Driver appears, click Next

  6. Select the destination to store the driver and click Next

  7. The Wizard for ZDesigner Windows Printer Driver is complete.
  8. Click Next to begin the configuration. 

  9. The Program information appears once done extracting the printer driver. Click Next

  10. The Wizard for ZDesigner Windows Printer Driver is complete. Click Finish

  11. The Driver Package is preinstalled. A screen with the ZDesigner Windows driver release note appears. 
  12. Click Next.
  13. Select Install Printer if you want to install the printer. 

  14. From Select Printer, select the required driver and click Next

    NOTE Choose the ZPL driver or the driver without marking but not an EPL driver. You can also Change Location if required.
  15. From Printer Options, select the required port from the list. If your printer is connected with a USB 2.0 Cable, select USB

  16. Click Next.
  17. From Additional Install Options, click Finish

    Now the printer is installed.


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