Manual Build and Install Instructions for openSUSE

Step 1: Installation Prerequisite Steps

View the current Release Notes for additional information on this release.


You will need root access to complete many of the steps while installing HPLIP. If you do not have root access contact your system admin for assistance.

Step 2: Install Dependency Packages

A. Open a terminal shell.

B. Update your package manager

su -c "zypper refresh"

C. Install the required dependency packages, run:

SUSE 11.4 and above

su -c "zypper --non-interactive --no-gpg-checks in --auto-agree-with-licenses cups cups-client cupsddk cups-devel dbus-1-devel python-gobject2 gcc-c++ ghostscript-library openssl libjpeg-devel net-snmp-devel glibc libtool libgphoto2-devel libusb-1_0-devel libusb-1_0-0 make wget python-imaging python-qt4 dbus-1-python-devel dbus-1-python python-devel python-xml python-notify python xsane sane-backends-devel sane-backends"

Step 3: Download HPLIP


We recommend that you download the HPLIP tarball to your home or desktop directory.

A. Click here to Download the Regular Tarball

B. Go to the directory where you downloaded the HPLIP tarball.


cd ~/Desktop

C. Uncompress the tarball.

Enter this command:

tar xvfz hplip-3.12.6.tar.gz

This will create a directory with the same name as the tarball file.

D. Change your working directory to the hplip-3.12.6 directory.


cd hplip-3.12.6

Step 4: Configure HPLIP for installation

A. This step configures the development environment and checks that your system is ready to install HPLIP.

For specific information on using ./configure and the different options please go here. Also reference your distro documentation and configuration for additional information on which tags are relevant.

Enter this command (select the appropriate command depending on your system configuration):


Suse 11.4 and newer use one of the commands:

32 bit distro users (most users will use this command):

./configure --with-hpppddir=/usr/share/cups/model/HP --prefix=/usr --enable-qt4 --disable-libusb01_build --enable-doc-build --disable-cups-ppd-install --disable-foomatic-drv-install --disable-foomatic-ppd-install --disable-hpijs-install --disable-udev_sysfs_rules --disable-policykit --enable-cups-drv-install --enable-hpcups-install --enable-network-build --enable-dbus-build --enable-scan-build --enable-fax-build

64 bit distro users:

./configure --with-hpppddir=/usr/share/cups/model/HP --libdir=/usr/lib64 --prefix=/usr --enable-qt4 --disable-libusb01_build --enable-doc-build --disable-cups-ppd-install --disable-foomatic-drv-install --disable-foomatic-ppd-install --disable-hpijs-install --disable-udev_sysfs_rules --disable-policykit --enable-cups-drv-install --enable-hpcups-install --enable-network-build --enable-dbus-build --enable-scan-build --enable-fax-build

Step 5: Run Make

A. This step will compile the HPLIP source.


You want to run make as a regular user, NOT as root.

Enter this command:


Step 6: Run Make Install

A. This step will install HPLIP.

Enter this command:

su -c "make install"

Step 7: Post Installation Step(s)

A.NOTE Add user to the lp and sys group.

  1. If you user not part of lp and sys, add the user to the lp and sys groups.
su -c "/usr/sbin/usermod -Gsys, lp $USER"
  1. Logout and Logback in to your system.

B. Open the firewall port for network communication with printer

su -c "/bin/bash ./init-suse-firewall"

C. If you are going to be setting up a printer with USB and the printer is already plugged in, you will need to do one of the following:

  1. Unlpug and re-plug in the USB printer, or Restart your PC.

Failure to do this will cause your USB printer to not be detected by HPLIP.

Step 8: Configuring your printer using hp-setup

Continue to hp-setup