Set up a virtual printer in the Print Center

See the printer's documentation for instructions on installing the printer driver. See Mac OS X Help for instructions on how to set up a default printer. If you don't have a printer connected to the computer, create a virtual PostScript printer that you can set up as a default printer.

To create a virtual PostScript printer (Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6):

  1. Open System Preferences, and select Print & Fax.
  2. Choose the + sign to add a new printer.
  3. Choose IP.
  4. In the Protocol pop-up menu, choose Line Printer Daemon - LPD.
  5. In the Address field, type in localhost. Later versions of OS X require a port number (localhost:631).*
  6. After Generic PostScript printer displays in the Print Using field, click Add.
  7. Close out of the Print & Fax preference or Quit System Preferences.

To create a virtual PostScript printer (versions of Mac OS previous to 10.5)

  1. Start Print Center, and click Add Printer.
  2. Choose LPR Printers from the Printer Type menu, and then choose Using IP or IP Printing from the pop-up menu in the Printer List dialog box.
  3. In the LPR Printer's Address box, type localhost.
  4. Choose Generic PPD or, if you know what printer you'll eventually be printing to, a particular PPD file from the Printer Model menu.
  5. Click Add (disregard any No Valid Location warnings).

* from step 5 above

You may get the following error: “The web interface is currently disabled. Run cupsctl WebInterface=yes” , complete these steps and then continue with the directions above.

  1. Open up Terminal
  2. Type the following: “sudo cupsctl WebInterface=yes”
  3. You will be prompted to enter the “sudo” password, this is the password you use to get into your computer.
  4. Refresh the page; CUPS will now be enabled and you can continue on the steps below to add a printer.
Last modified:: 2016/03/19 16:03