Create and manage one or multiple printers (w/ CUPS), send file path or node buffer with support for all lp options. Get feedback on jobs you sent.

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Code Climate
:warning: This package must only be used for prototyping
:rotatinglight: I said this package is not reliable! And MUST NOT be used in production
It relies on a CUPS STDOUT text parser and has not been tested for all version of CUPS! If you are looking for a way to manage and send data to printers take a look at alepee/node-ipp-interface
which relies on IPP protocol and provide a more constistent way to communicate with a printer. (node-ipp-interface module is a WIP, please feel free to contribute)
Please note that the way I wrote this library as a prototype. It relies on STDOUT from CUPS binaries and is not trustable.
The correct way to manage printers and jobs would be to use IPP protocol defined by RFCs. You can have a look at alepee/node-ipp-interface
, it is based on it but still isn't finished yet. I can give you some help if needed to complete it.

Further reading about IPP

  • RFC 2567 – Design Goals for an Internet Printing Protocol
  • RFC 2568 – Rationale for the Structure and Model and Protocol for the Internet Printing Protocol
  • RFC 2569 – Mapping between LPD and IPP Protocols
  • RFC 2910 – Internet Printing Protocol/1.1: Encoding and Transport
  • RFC 2911 – Internet Printing Protocol/1.1: Model and Semantics

A tool to print document or data. Based on "lp" binary STDOUT.
Supports complete set of lp options (
Based on armetiz/node-printer-lp and diegoalberto/node-printer-lp-complete.

Quick Examples

var Printer = require('node-printer');
var options = {
    media: 'Custom.200x600mm',
    n: 3

// Get available printers list

// Create a new Pinter from available devices
var printer = new Printer('EPSON_SX510');

// Print from a buffer, file path or text
var fileBuffer = fs.readFileSync('/path/to/file.ext');
var jobFromBuffer = printer.printBuffer(fileBuffer);

var filePath = 'package.json';
var jobFromFile = printer.printFile(filePath);

var text = 'Print text directly, when needed: e.g. barcode printers'
var jobFromText = printer.printText(text);

// Cancel a job

// Listen events from job
jobFromBuffer.once('sent', function() {
    jobFromBuffer.on('completed', function() {
        console.log('Job ' + jobFromBuffer.identifier + 'has been printed');


  • Rewrite option factories
  • Remove dependency to underscorejs
  • Write more tests
  • Find a way to emulate CUPS printers on Travis env