Proprietary hp-plugin required for scanning even though device listed as fully supported by hplip

Asked by Black Panther on 2019-06-29


so I'm very disappointed that my newly bought printer HP LaserJet Professional MFP M130a only has working scanning function (simple scan with sane) if I install the proprietary hp-plugin.

I've tested this on Arch and Ubuntu and I'm only able to scan, if I install the plugin.

The problem is, I do not want to run proprietary software on my system.

That was the main reason why I decided to buy this HP printer, because exactly this model was listed as fully supported by the free hplip software. (

So I guess, there's no way of getting scanning to work without the plugin?

Are there maybe any other HP printers that (definitely!!) are able to scan without the plugin?


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Best shivani mandora (shivani1708) said : #1


HPLIP scan functionality only works if HP proprietary plugins are installed.
Please install plugin in order to scan from HP LaserJet Professional MFP M130a.


Black Panther (black-panther) said : #2


thank you very much for your answer!
I have to say though, the compatibility table is quite misleading then, since it clearly says for this device:

'driver plugin needed: no'

'support level: full'

'Scan supported means that PC initiated scan using a SANE compatible software application is supported over parallel, USB, or network (depending on I/O connection). Information on digital sending products is covered in note 9, below.'

I'm going to have to find a different solution for this and probably will return this device.

But thanks for your help, I appreciate that HP tries to offer free software solutions to the customer.

Black Panther (black-panther) said : #3

Thanks shivani mandora, that solved my question.