CUPS-GENPPD(8)              Gutenprint Manual Pages             CUPS-GENPPD(8)

       cups-genppd - generate Gutenprint PPD files for use with CUPS

       cups-genppd [-c localedir] [-l locale] [-p prefix] [-q] [-v] model1
       [model2, ...modeln]
       cups-genppd -L [-c localedir]
       cups-genppd -M [-v]
       cups-genppd -h
       cups-genppd -V

       cups-genppd generates Gutenprint PPD files for use with CUPS.  The
       default behavior is to output PPD files for all models of printer that
       the Gutenprint printer driver library supports.  You may restrict the
       models by listing either the driver names or the full names of the
       printers you wish to generate PPD files for after any options.
       Additionally, the PPD files may be localised, that is, translated, to
       use your native language rather than US English.  There are commands to
       find out what printer models and languages are supported.

       cups-genppd -v bjc-6200 'Epson Stylus Photo 1280' 'HP DeskJet 850C'
              verbosely generate three PPD files, listing the driver name in
              the first case, and the full name in the second.

       LANG=de_DE genppd -p ppd -c /usr/share/locale
              generate PPDs for all available models, in directory ppd using
              the locale data found under /usr/share/locale.  The language to
              use is taken from the environment (de_DE).

       cups-genppd -L -c /usr/local/share/locale
              list available languages using the locale data found under

       cups-genppd -M -v
              list available drivers, with long model descriptions

       -h     show a help message

       -L     list available translations (message catalogs).  If a locale is
              used for which there is not a corresponding translation, then
              then US English will be used.

       -M     list available printer models.  By default, only driver names
              are listed; if verbose mode is used, the full model name will
              also be printed

       -V     show version information and defaults

              The default behavior is to output PPDs if no command is given.

       -c localedir
              use localedir as the base directory for locale data

       -l locale
              output PPDs translated with messages for locale.  Note that
              locale must be a locale as shown by locale -a.  For example, the
              de translation is used by the de_DE locale; de alone will not

       -p prefix
              output PPDs in directory prefix.  Directories are not
              recursively created.

       -q     Quiet mode.

       -v     Verbose mode.

       models a list of printer models, either the driver or quoted full name.

       CUPS Software Administrators Manual,

       Copyright ©  1992-2002 Michael Sweet (

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, as
       published by the Free Software Foundation.

       This manual page was written by Roger Leigh (

Version 5.3.3                     25 Aug 2019                   CUPS-GENPPD(8)