This page is about the printer administration tool system-config-printer, which first appeared in Fedora (as part of my work at Red Hat), and later Ubuntu and other operating systems.

The purpose of the tool is to configure a CUPS server (often the local machine) using the CUPS API. The tool is written in Python, using pygtk for the graphical parts and with some Python bindings (pycups) for the CUPS API.

It is largely the same as using the CUPS web interface for configuring printers, but has the advantage of being a native application rather than a web page. It appears in the Fedora menu under System ▸ Administration ▸ Printing.

As a result of using the CUPS API the tool is able to configure remote CUPS instances and is not limited to configuring CUPS on the local machine. The CUPS library providing the API uses HTTP and IPP to communicate with the CUPS server.

I work on this application as part of my job at Red Hat.


Download tarball releases from:

You will also require pycups from:

Source Code

The git repository is available at

git clone git://

or browse using gitweb.

New releases are announced at freshmeat.


Language translations should be submitted through Fedora Transifex.

Mailing list

There is a public mailing list for discussion of the development of this project.

Reporting bugs

If you have found a bug in system-config-printer, please report it. If system-config-printer came with your operating system, report the bug to the operating system vendor:

311 Responses to “system-config-printer”

  1. Kyle Richards says:

    Yea, sorry. I did have lowercase c as well. It just continues to print and print far more than 2 copies. Is there a better way to go about this to prevent it from printing so many times?

    • Tim says:

      If you print from the command line, using ‘lp’, do you get the same output? All pycups does is send the request to CUPS. FWIW, {‘copies': ‘2’} works fine for me here with Fedora 21.

  2. Philip says:

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