Your "All Supported Printer Models"-List and the proprietary driver plug-in

Asked by Stefan Nagy on 2019-08-26

I'd like to buy an HP printer+scanner (MFP / All-in-one device) that is fully supported without any proprietary driver plug-ins. I know that there's a list of all supported printer models on your website and I also know that there's a "Driver Plug-in" column in this list.

But then there is for example question #681687… The user bought a HP LaserJet Professional MFP M130a because according to your list of all supported printer models this model is fully supported by the free hplip software (there's a "No" in the "Driver Plug-in" and a "Full" in the "Support Level" column). In his answer, Shivani Mandora told the user, "HPLIP scan functionality only works if HP proprietary plugins are installed. Please install plugin in order to scan from HP LaserJet Professional MFP M130a". And on the same day the user marked his question as solved… I don't get it.

I suspect that there's some misunderstanding and the mentioned user suddenly understood what this "Driver Plug-in" and "Support Level" columns are all about. But I'm still confused.

Could you please help me to find out which model requires the proprietary driver plugin?


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shivani mandora (shivani1708) said : #1

Hi Stefan,

The models which supports scan functionality requires HP proprietary plugins to scan.
If you only want to print from the printer then you do not need to install plugins.

Please let me know if need more clarification.


Stefan Nagy (stefan-nagy) said : #2

Hi Shivani,

so what is the "Driver Plug-in" column all about? In footnote 8 it says:

"("Required") A downloadable driver plug-in is required for printing support. ("Optional") A downloadable driver plug-in is optional for printing support and may increase the speed, quality, or other aspect of printed output. ("No" or "None") A driver plug-in is not required nor available. […]"

Following this footnote, the column is (only) about printing support. In contrast to this list you say that I don't need to install the plugin if I only want to print. I own an HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP m177fw and yes, I can print without the proprietary plugin – while the list on your website tells me that the proprietary plugin is "Required" (see above)…

And then there are two HP all-in-one models sold by thinkpenguin. On their website they claim that these devices are "Not dependent on binary blobs, or proprietary drivers-firmware".

So I'm still very confused.


Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #3

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Stefan Nagy (stefan-nagy) said : #4

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