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KALI – How to install a CUPS Printer – The Visual Guide for Brother Printers (Linux)


We all need to install a printer, and CUPS is the easiest way.

Determine if you have a 32 bit or 64 bit system.

Brother printer drivers are 32 bit.  You must convert your 64 bit system to a multi-architecture system to run 32 bit drivers.  If  your Linux is 32 bit, then go straight to step 1 – and ignore these multi architecture instructions.

Make 64 Bit into a multi architecture system.

Root Terminal

dpkg –add-architecture i386

apt-get update

apt-get install wine-bin:i386

wine on 64 bit kali24

This means you now have a multi architecture system


Step 1 – Software Installer

Applications > System Tools > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic Package

Search and Install:


Cups Client

cups client

Step 2 – Root Terminal

adduser root lpadmin

cups adduser

Step 3 – Start Cups

/etc/init.d/cups start

cups start

Step 4 – Access Cups via the Web Browser

Applications > Internet > Ice Weasel

cups port 631

Step 5 – CUPS will Launch

cups launch

Step 6 – Add a Printer (Administration Tab)

Add a Printer Button

add printer

Insert Root password

cups password

Select the Printer to be added (may find an existing printer)

Radial Buttons

Add printer radial button

Step 7 – Discovered Printers

Select Radial > Continue

discovered printer

If your printer has a Linux Driver – now is the time to install it.


Brother printers offer dedicated Linux drivers – so are a good choice for Linux users (it’s best if we support those makers who write specific Linux drivers for their printers).

Brother Linux Printer Drivers – by model number



Download LPR * CUPS

Install Brother LPR driver THEN

Install Brother CUPSWRAPPER driver

How to Install LPR driver and cupswrapper driver
1. Turn on the printer and connect the USB cable.
2. Open the terminal and go to the directory where the drivers are.
3. Install LPR driver.The install process may take some time. Please wait until it is complete.
Command (for dpkg)  :  dpkg  -i  –force-all  (lpr-drivername)
Command (for rpm)  :  rpm  -ihv  –nodeps  (lpr-drivername)
Example(for dpkg) | Example(for rpm)
4. Install cupswrapper driver.The install process may take some time. Please wait until it is complete.
Command (for dpkg)  :  dpkg  -i  –force-all  (cupswrapper-drivername)
Command (for rpm)  :  rpm  -ihv  –nodeps  (cupswrapper-drivername)
Example(for dpkg) | Example(for rpm)
5. Check if the LPR driver and cupswrapper driver are installed
Command (for dpkg)  :  dpkg  -l  |  grep  Brother
Command (for rpm)  :  rpm  -qa  |  grep  -e  (lpr-drivername)  -e  (cupswrapper-drivername)


Set Defaults for Printer

Set Default Option button > “Defaults set” will flash up

set defaults

Accepting Jobs Screen

accepting jobs

Now Double Check your work with a Test Print


Maintenance Button Button – Drop Down list

Print Test Page

maint button

print test page

From → BackTrack, KALI

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