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View Printer Ink Levels On Ubuntu

If you use Ubuntu like me and have an HP printer then you may want to check your printer ink level from time to time. For HP printers the solution is available in the repositories in the form of HPLIP (Hewlett-Packard’s Linux Imaging and Printing), which is installed on Ubuntu systems by default. In the case of Ubuntu 8.04 we only need to install the graphical interface.

Make sure HPLIP is installed on your system with Synaptic and search for hplip.

You can either choose to install hplip-gui with Synaptic or use apt-get.

apt-get install hplip-gui

After the install you can find HPLIP Toolbox on System > Preferences > HPLIP Toolbox , and check you ink levels.


  1. Commented on
    Comment by Calvin

    I already have my DeskJet F2100 set up. Will this screw up my config?

  2. Commented on
    Comment by dataninja

    Prior to installing hplip-gui Ubuntu was already able to recognise my printer after installing the gui the printer kept working without a problem. Probably you already have hplip installed but not the gui, remember configuration changes were never made.

    Hope fully your printer is supported, good luck!.

  3. Commented on
    Comment by Calvin

    OK, Ubuntu does support the printing and the Toolbx. I’ll try this when I have the time.

  4. Commented on
    Comment by Sonikku

    Works great.

  5. Commented on
    Comment by Deborah

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