Brother HL-3170CDW Linux/Ubuntu install

  1. download linux-brprinter-installer script by selecting deb > Printer Drivers > Driver Install Tool
  2. plug in your HL-3170 via USB. Don’t skip the mkdir step or the installer will hang!

     tar xf -C /tmp linux-brprinter-installer-*.gz
     chmod +x /tmp/linux-brprinter-installer*
    
     sudo mkdir -p /var/spool/lpd/hl3170cdw
    
     sudo /tmp/linux-brprinter-installer*
    
  3. “Input model name ->” HL-3170CDW
  4. “Will you specify the Device URI? [Y/n]” no if USB, yes if networked
  5. “select destination device” pick the number for the usb://Brother/HL-3170CDW.... entry

The HL-3170CDW works virtually flawlessly from Linux.