I am trying to install my Canon MP280 printer to my recently upgraded Ubuntu focal 20.04. This printer worked out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 18.04 on same hardware (HP Folio 1040), so I am surprised to find it does not work quite so well.

I've tried two paths:

  1. system-config-printer: This leads me to either install a generic text-only driver, or a list of non-matching Canon printers. Either way I cannot actually print anything.

  2. install proprietary driver as described here. This ultimately fails due to a dependency to an arcane version of libtiff4 whereas libtiff5 is the only available on 20.04.

Did Ubuntu leave my printer behind?

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printer detected

gutenberg driver recommended

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2 Answers 2


To resolve:

sudo apt install printer-driver-gutenprint
  • 1
    works on 20.04 and 21.10
    – dan carter
    Mar 20 at 2:28
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    and works on 22.04 with MP270 i still can't fathom why it stopped working out-of-the-box on since 20.04
    – dan carter
    Apr 2 at 1:22

There is a PPA for Canon printer drivers. MP280 is listed in this Ubuntu Handbook article among devices covered. This worked for me in Ubuntu 20.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thierry-f/fork-michael-gruz
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cnijfilter2 scangearmp2 cndrvcups-utility

After this, you should be able to use apt search mp280 (replace mp280 as needed for other devices) to find the correct driver, or install Synaptic Package Manager (sudo apt install synaptic) for a nice GUI search.

  • cndrvcups-utility does not exist in that repo. apt search mp280 shows nothing
    – dan carter
    Jul 12, 2020 at 7:49
  • This worked for mp495, thank you! Aug 3, 2020 at 17:17
  • This is the answer that worked for me when trying to set up a Canon MG2200 series printer on Ubuntu 20.04. I originally installed the driver from the manufacturer and had been stuck with a printer that CUPS said was completing print jobs successfully, but wasn't responding.
    – Aweston
    Aug 28, 2021 at 22:29

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