Think your Raspberry Pi is just a small computer good for retro gaming, video streaming and nothing else? Not properly! It’s the perfect project computer that you can use for many practical purposes, from stargazing to desktop replacement.
This means it’s perfect for print projects! Here are six ways to use your Raspberry Pi with a printer, from basic printing to running a 3D printer.
1. Basic Raspberry Pi Printing
Then open a terminal window and install the CUPS client software. Do not install the CUPS server software as this will turn your Raspberry Pi into a print server. Scroll down to the next section to learn a little more about it.
sudo apt update sudo apt install cups-client
Follow the displayed instructions to install the client, then open the configuration file in the nano text editor.
sudo nano /etc/cups/client.conf
Here add the following line:
For example, if the printer’s IP address is 192.168.75.80, enter
Save the file with Ctrl + X then exit. You will be able to print from LibreOffice and other applications.
2. AirPlay wireless printing
With a Wi-Fi dongle connected, or using a Raspberry Pi 3 or later (with built-in Wi-Fi), you can turn a wireless printer into a wireless printer.
What’s more, it can be configured to be AirPlay compatible, which means you can print to your old printer from your iPad!
You shouldn’t leave it there, however. Want to print directly from your iOS or Android mobile device? Adding AirPrint support to the Raspberry Pi print server. Adding AirPrint support to the Raspberry Pi print server. Adding AirPrint support to the server makes this possible, and it’s even easier than setting up CUPS.
Oh, and you can also set it up to print from Android devices too!
3. Google Cloud Printing
Need to print something from your phone, tablet or laptop but are away from home? Google Cloud Print is a great solution for this, but it requires you to have a printer with the right hardware.