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:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/papercut/client
cd /usr/local/papercut/client
sudo smbclient \\\\\\PCClient\\ -U <your full email address here>


Once you authenticate, change to the linux subdirectory and get the files:

smb: \> cd linux
smb: \linux\> mask ""
smb: \linux\> recurse ON
smb: \linux\> prompt OFF
smb: \linux\> mget *
smb: \linux\> exit


Then Set File Permissions: 

cd /usr/local/papercut/client
sudo 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. We've included specific instructions below, thanks to very helpful students, who've found these steps worked for them. As a general rule, please 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). Visit the Toshiba website and scroll down to the E-Bridge Current Drivers section: 

  1. For B&W (monochrome) machines, visit: 
  2. For color machines, visit: 


Step-By-Step Instructions to install the printers (after installing PaperCut)

Please note these steps might vary depending on your version of Linux
  1. Through the links provided above: E-Bridge Current Drivers --> download CUPS Filter Monochrome Duplex (CUPS Filter Color Duplex for color) 
  2. Extract the .tar
  3. Navigate to TOSHIBA_MonoMFP_CUPS/usr/lib/cups/filter
  4. Run the following command in that directory: sudo cp est856_Authentication /usr/lib/cups/filter (for color, sudo cp est6550_Authentication /usr/lib/cups/filter)
  5. Then, navigate to TOSHIBA_MonoMFP_CUPS/usr/share/cups/model/Toshiba
  6. Extract the TOSHIBA_MonoMFP_CUPS.gz, and rename the extracted file by adding a .ppd extension (you might be able to just add .ppd to the .gz file itself, but it hasn't been tested)
  7. Follow printer configuration set-up using "Windows Printer via SAMBA"
  8. smb:// (or stoPrint-color)
  9. STOAD\<stolafusername> and password
  10. Select Provide PPD file 
  11. Navigate to the .ppd file you just renamed


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