Brother HL-3170CDW Linux/Ubuntu install

Like other Brother printers I’ve used, the HL-3170CDW works great from Linux.

  1. Download linux-brprinter-installer script by selecting deb → Printer Drivers → Driver Install Tool
  2. Extract the installer
    gunzip linux-brprinter-installer-*.gz
    
    chmod +x linux-brprinter-installer*
    
  3. plug in your HL-3170 via USB. Don’t skip the mkdir step or the installer will hang!
    mkdir -p /var/spool/lpd/hl3170cdw
    
    ./linux-brprinter-installer*
    
  4. “Input model name ->” HL-3170CDW
  5. “Will you specify the Device URI? [Y/n]”
    • USB: no
    • network: yes

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