CUPS Driver for MAC, Linux, or Unix - Zebra Printers

Article ID: 38305330



Topic or Information

CUPS Driver supports Linux/Unix or Mac OS X operating systems

Applies To

Linux/Unix or Mac OS X operating systems

CUPS Driver


Zebra does not provide a driver for use on Linux/Unix or Mac OS X operating systems but instead suggests the use of the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) driver.

The CUPS drivers with Zebra printer support are included in some Linux distributions and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above.

Zebra’s technical support staff can offer limited assistance by providing documentation and escalating issues to the CUPS developers for investigation when used on the platforms listed below. After escalation, Zebra has no control on when issues may be investigated or addressed.

Support is limited to general inquiries relating to the operating systems listed below and providing existing documentation for the actions described below. Zebra support representatives are not available to provide step by step installation via the telephone. In order to provide solutions, any inquiries or issues should be reproducible in our support lab.

Limited support and documentation are available for the following actions related to the 1.4 and later versions of CUPS:-

  • Providing details on where to obtain a download of the CUPS driver.
  • Installing a CUPS Zebra printer driver.
  • Configuring the CUPS Zebra printer driver.
  • Printing a test page to a Zebra printer.


Zebra provides limited assistance for CUPS on the following platforms:‐

  • RedHat
  • SUSE
  • Ubuntu
  • MAC OS X (Snow Leopard or above) Installing a Zebra Printer on Mac OS X 10.5 Read More>>


For further information, support above and beyond what Zebra provides and the latest versions of CUPS, visit

For information on :

How to Download for Installing or Upgrade of CUPS on Linux  Read More>>

To Install or Add a Zebra Printer   Read More>>

Configuring a Zebra Printer with CUPS   Read More>>

Printing a Test Page with CUPS   Read More>>

Print To File with CUPS   Read More>>

Currently the CUPS printer driver supports all Zebra based ZPL, EPL1, EPL2,  and CPCL printers.  Kiosk (KPL language) support is expected in the 1.6 version of CUPS. 

Helpful Information

The following companies supply Mac, Linux or Unix software. However, as these drivers and software are not Zebra products, these referrals do not imply that Zebra supports them.


Computalabel supplies drivers and Macthermal software for the Mac. The Computalabel website is

NRG Software, LLC.

NRG develops Mac OS X compatible carrier-certified shipping solutions. The NRG website is

Peninsula Software

Peninsula Softare supplies a Mac Thermal Printer Driver for the OS X operating system.  The website is

+ Product Codes

  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 110PAX Print Engines (disc.)
  • 110Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 140Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 170Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 220Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 2824 Plus Series
  • 2824-Z Series
  • All Surface RFID Label Solution
  • Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GC Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GK Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GX Desktop Printers
  • GC420d Desktop Printer
  • GC420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420 Healthcare Desktop Printers
  • GK420d Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GT800 Desktop Printer
  • GX420Rx Desktop Printer
  • GX420d Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • Industrial Printers
  • LP 2824 Plus Desktop Printer
  • Print Engines
  • R110Xi4 RFID Printer
  • RFID Printers
  • RP4T RFID Printers
  • RP4T RFID Printers
  • TLP 2824Plus Desktop Printer
  • Xi Series Industrial Printers
  • ZD410 Series
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420-HC
  • ZD420C
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD500R RFID Printers
  • ZD500R RFID Printers
  • ZD620 Series
  • ZD620D
  • ZD620D-HC
  • ZD620T
  • ZD620T-HC
  • ZE500 Print Engines
  • ZE500 Print Engines
  • ZE500R RFID Print Engine
  • ZE500R RFID Print Engine
  • ZM400
  • ZM600
  • ZQ320
  • ZT200 Series Industrial Printers
  • ZT210 Industrial Printer
  • ZT220 Industrial Printer
  • ZT230 Industrial Printer
  • ZT400 Series Industrial Printers
  • ZT400 Series RFID Printers
  • ZT410 Industrial Printer
  • ZT410 RFID Industrial Printer
  • ZT420 Industrial Printer
  • ZT420 RFID Industrial Printer