Installing HPLIP S/W in Pop-OS

Asked by William Burden

I previously attempted to install the latest HPLIP software on an older HP Laserjet Printer using Pop-OS. There was no option to pick Pop-OS as the operating system, so I chose Ubuntu which was the closest O/S in the list of Distros offered. I immediately got an error and had to abort the install and re-install Ubuntu in order to use the printer. There seems to be every Linux distro in the O/S list BUT Pop-OS, which is quite surprising since Pop-OS is a popular distro. Has this over site been rectified in later versions of HPLIP?

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William Burden (waburden-4) said :

The link provided does not provide that version. I tried searching for older versions at and the latest version listed is 3.16.11. I'm a bit confused about these older versions from 2016. Don't the 2022 versions work with Linux? If not, i'll need that corrected link for the 3.16.14 version. Thanks!

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said (last edit ):

Comment #1 is spam and absolute nonsense. Versions numbers are derived from year and month of publication, so 3.16.14 does not make any sense (and does not exist)

I suggest that you try the modified version from the Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt install hplip hplip-gui

(remark: There is neither the model of the printer mentioned in your question, nor the release of Pop!_OS that you are running.)

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William Burden (waburden-4) said :

Thank you Manfred! That solves my confusion. I did not mention my Pop-OS version and installed printer because Pop-OS was not listed in my latest installed version of HPLIP (3.22.6) and generated an error accordingly, so I reverted my OS back to Ubuntu and was able to successfully run the software for my old printer, a HP Laserjet 1020.

I asked the question to determine if later versions of the software (post 3.22.6) had added Pop-OS to the software distro list as I have ordered an additional printer, HP ENVY 7955e which I want to install on another workstation running the latest version of Pop-OS 22.04. I am familiar with the software installation of HPLIP, but if it doesn't recognize that OS distro there's not much sense going down that path - in which case i'll follow your suggestion regarding the modified version from the Ubuntu repositories in the hope it gets the job done. As an exercise, i'd like to uninstall my current HPLIP software and try out your suggestion on the old printer. Is there an easy way to restart that process since the manual installation gives you the option of uninstalling previous versions?

Cheers & much appreciation for your help!

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

In i find HP ENVY Inspire 7900e series, supported by HPLIP version 3.21.10 and later.

"post 3.22.6":
3.22.6 is the latest version that has been published. I do not have any information, whether there is a plan to add POP!_OS to future versions.

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William Burden (waburden-4) said (last edit ):

What would be the best way to pursue having Pop-OS added to the latest versions of HPLIP. As a former programmer this would appear to be an easy fix since Pop-OS is Ubuntu based and Ubuntu is listed in the Code of supported distros in the current software?

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said :

What would be the best way to pursue having Pop-OS added?

There is a file "distros.dat" in the HPLIP installer directory.
That contains the information for the supported operating systems, the name off the packages to install as dependency, etc.
If you are able to add information for Pop!_OS, then this might be a most welcome contribution.

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