Chapter 11. Accessing the CUPS logs in the systemd journal

By default, CUPS stores log messages in the systemd journal. This includes:

  • Error messages
  • Access log entries
  • Page log entries



  • Display the log entries:

    • To display all log entries, enter:

      # journalctl -u cups
    • To display the log entries for a specific print job, enter:

      # journalctl -u cups JID=<print_job_id>
    • To display log entries within a specific time frame, enter:

      # journalectl -u cups --since=<YYYY-MM-DD> --until=<YYYY-MM-DD>

      Replace YYYY with the year, MM with the month, and DD with the day.

Additional resources

  • journalctl(1) man page