Add a printer via terminal or applescript

Using terminal:

/usr/sbin/lpadmin -p tms-copier-room18-01 -E -v lpd://tms-copier-room18-01 -P /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/CNR5050X1.PPD.gz -o printer-is-shared=false -D “tms-copier-room18-01 (Office)”

In Applescript you’ll need to use double quotes, etc.

do shell script “/usr/sbin/lpadmin -p tms-copier-room18-01 -E -v lpd://tms-copier-room18-01 -P /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/CNR5050X1.PPD.gz -o printer-is-shared=false -D ”tms-copier-room18-01 (Office)”“

If you have spaces in the driver name or elsewhere, be sure to preface them with a space. The below example uses a fictitious canon imagerunner example (the real ppd is not named as such)

do shell script “/usr/sbin/lpadmin -p Canon_Imagerunner -E -v lpd://tms-copier-room18-01 -P /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/Canon Imagerunner 4100.gz -o printer-is-shared=false -D ”tms-copier-room18-01 (Office)”“

to delete a printer, use the -x command.

/usr/sbin/lpadmin -x “name of printer”

Be sure to checkout the full list of options via the lpadmin man page.  From terminal:

man lpadmin


and remember, the do shell script command uses sh as the default shell, not bash.

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