stoPrint - Linux

To use stoPrint, you must first install the PaperCut user client software. These instructions should run on most major Linux distributions (Ubuntu/Debian/Mint, Fedora/CentOS/Red Hat, etcetera).

Install Java 11+

Linux computers are supported via Java. Java version 11 or higher is required. Your Linux distribution might have Java pre-installed or have the option to install. If no Java option exists, you will need to install Java 11 for your distribution. Consult your distribution's documentation for details about whether Java is pre-installed.

Copy the PaperCut User Client Files

Copy the PaperCut user client files from the papercut server to your computer.

  1. Create a directory for the user client: /usr/local/papercut/client.
  2. Using smbclient or the Gnome or KDE smb:// file browsing tools (this will vary based on your distribution), copy the files to the directory created above*. The files are located at smb:// You will need your St. Olaf email and password to connect.
    *Or copy the files locally, and then use the command line to copy them over. 


Set File Permissions

Open a command prompt (terminal) and set execute permissions on the file as follows:

cd /usr/local/papercut/client
chmod 755 ./


Start the PaperCut User Client

Launch the PaperCut user client by running /usr/local/papercut/client/ and login when prompted.

Printer installation

Installation of stoPrint on Linux will vary from distribution to distribution. Follow your distribution's documentation for installing a printer hosted on a Windows print server. This will typically require the 'smbclient' package to be installed on your computer.

Print server:
Printer name: stoPrint or stoPrint-color

Some distributions require you to enter the above information as a URI (similar to a URL). In that case use


The printer configuration should ask for your username and password. For the username enter 'STOAD\<username>' where 'username' is your St. Olaf username (without the For the password, enter your St. Olaf password. You may choose to remember these credentials, however, if you do, remember that you will need to update your password here if you ever change your St. Olaf password.

The printer configuration should also require specifying a PPD (a file that describes the capabilities of the printer). Depending on whether you are installing stoPrint (B&W) or stoPrint-color, use one of the two files in the attachment section of this article (either on the right of below, depending on your browser). 


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