Chapter 8. Performing maintenance and administration tasks on CUPS printers by using the web interface

Printer administrators sometimes need to perform different tasks on a print server. For example:

  • Maintenance tasks, such as temporary pausing a printer while a technician repairs a printer
  • Administrative tasks, such as changing a printer’s default settings

You can perform these tasks by using the CUPS web interface.



  1. Use a browser, and access https://<hostname>:631/printers/.

    You must connect to the web interface by using the HTTPS protocol. Otherwise, CUPS prevents you from authenticating in a later step for security reasons.

  2. Click on the name of the printer that you want to configure.
  3. Depending on whether you want to perform a maintenance or administration task, select the required action from the corresponding list:

    cups printer actions
  4. If you are not already authenticated, CUPS prompts for credentials of an administrative user. Enter the username and password of an authorized user.
  5. Perform the task.