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Let's assume that one has some HP printer and/or scanner and checked its support status on the corresponding page of HPLIP site - HP Developer Portal | All Supported Printer Models.

So one have the following information: the device Model name, Min. HPLIP Version and Driver Plug-in need.

What should one install to make Ubuntu fully support the HP printer and/or scanner?

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Currently Ubuntu have the following HPLIP versions in universe pocket:

trusty (14.04LTS) (utils): 3.14.3-0ubuntu3.4
xenial (16.04LTS) (utils): 3.16.3+repack0-1
bionic (18.04LTS) (utils): 3.17.10+repack0-5
cosmic (18.10) (utils): 3.18.7+dfsg1-2ubuntu2  
disco (19.04) (utils): 3.19.1+dfsg0-1: all 

This leads to the following variants.

HPLIP installation

(a) Required HPLIP version ≤ repository HPLIP version

So if one sees that Min. HPLIP Version is lower or equal to the version of the HPLIP package from repository, then the installation of the following packages will be enough with:

sudo apt-get install hplip hplip-gui

(b) Required HPLIP version > repository HPLIP version

If one sees that Min. HPLIP Version is greater than the version of the HPLIP package from repository, then then one needs to install binary HPLIP by following my other answer.

(o) Optional HPLIP binary/proprietary plugin/driver

If one sees that Driver Plug-in is set to yes (or required), then one needs to install the binary/proprietary plugin/driver by following my other answer.


Examples for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (hplip 3.17.10) and some HP device models:

| Model Name                  | Min. HPLIP Version | Driver Plug-in | Action |
| HP LaserJet 6l Printer      | 0.9.5              | No             | (a)    |
| HP LaserJet Pro MFP m426fdn | 3.15.11            | Required       | (a)+(o)|
| HP Tango                    | 3.18.12            | No             | (b)    |
| HP PageWide MFP 774dn       | 3.18.9             | yes            | (b)+(o)|

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