Canon MG5370 printer&scanner is connected to the same network as Ubuntu 20.04. Using Settings --> Printers --> Add, Ubuntu 20.04 is able to detect this printer. However, when I try to "Test Print", nothing happens.

I believe this happens because it is using a generic printer driver. See picture below.

printer issue

On a Ubuntu 18.04 system in the same network, this same printer works and I can see it is using the driver called Canon MG5300 series - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.13.

To install this driver, I clicked the Gear button and selected Printer Details. There after, I clicked Search for Drivers. However, it can't find a suitable driver. Next, I clicked on Select from Database --> Canon but could not find any MG or MG5300 drivers.

I have also tried this solution. Installation was successful but it could not find the scanner not even when the printer-scanner is connected to the system via usb. See below.

scangear error msg

Previously, I had enquired about setting up this same printer's scanner for Ubuntu 16.04. I tried the solution there. Installation of Canon's scangermp failed too due to .

$ sudo ./install.sh

ScanGear MP
Version 1.80
Copyright CANON INC. 2007-2011
All Rights Reserved.

Command executed = sudo dpkg -iG ./packages/scangearmp-common_1.80-1_amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package scangearmp-common.
(Reading database ... 256647 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../scangearmp-common_1.80-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking scangearmp-common (1.80-1) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of scangearmp-common:
 scangearmp-common depends on libpng12-0 (>= 1.2.8rel); however:
  Package libpng12-0 is not installed.
 scangearmp-common depends on libusb-0.1-4 (>= 2:0.1.10a); however:
  Package libusb-0.1-4 is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package scangearmp-common (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
Command executed = sudo dpkg -P scangearmp-common
(Reading database ... 256695 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing scangearmp-common (1.80-1) ...
Purging configuration files for scangearmp-common (1.80-1) ...

What should I do to setup this Canon MG5370 printer-scanner in Ubuntu 20.04? I want to be able to print and scan.


$ driverless
$ driverless list
DEBUG: Started ippfind (PID 25370)
DEBUG: Started post-processing (PID 25371)
DEBUG: PID 25370 (ippfind) stopped with status 1!
DEBUG: PID 25371 (Post-processing) exited with no errors.

$ lpinfo -v
file cups-brf:/
network beh
network http
network ipp
network lpd
serial serial:/dev/ttyS0?baud=115200
network https
network ipps
direct hp
network socket
direct usb://Canon/MG5300%20series?serial=20EE62&interface=1
direct hpfax
network dnssd://Canon%20MG5300%20series._printer._tcp.local/?uuid=urn:uuid:00000000-0000-1000-8000-8887178XXXXX

Outcome from following @brian_p answer:

$ scanimage -L
device `pixma:04A91754_20EE62' is a CANON Canon PIXMA MG5300 multi-function peripheral
device `airscan:w1:Canon MG5300 series' is a WSD Canon MG5300 series ip=192.168.1.XXX
$ airscan-disciver
airscan-disciver: command not found
$ airscan-discover

Results For printing:

sudo apt install printer-driver-gutenprint was successfully completed.

$ lpinfo -m | grep MG5370
gutenprint.5.3://bjc-PIXMA-MG5370/expert Canon PIXMA MG5370 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.3.3
$ lpadmin -p MG5370 -v dnssd://Canon%20MG5300%20series._printer._tcp.local/?uuid=urn:uuid:00000000-0000-1000-8000-8887178XXXXX -E -m gutenprint.5.3://bjc-PIXMA-MG5370/expert
lpadmin: Printer drivers are deprecated and will stop working in a future version of CUPS.
$ lp -d MG5370 /etc/nsswitch.conf
request id is MG5370-2 (1 file(s))

Wireless printing was successful.

  • Please give what you get from driverless.
    – brian_p
    Sep 1, 2021 at 13:10
  • @brian_p What is driverless? Thanks for the info in your answer. I will try that and report back.
    – Sun Bear
    Sep 1, 2021 at 13:53
  • It is a command that provides a URI for your printer. Execute man driverless for details. A URI is where a printer job is sent to. It is essential information to know.
    – brian_p
    Sep 1, 2021 at 14:31
  • @brian_p I have updated the result from driveless to my question.
    – Sun Bear
    Sep 1, 2021 at 17:15
  • Without an output from driverless` I cannot continue my direction to a driverless printing solution. There is another way. Give lpinfo -v. Can we get the info to progess with scanning?
    – brian_p
    Sep 1, 2021 at 18:00

1 Answer 1


I will tackle scanning first. Printing later. The assumption is that the device is connected to the network.

On Ubuntu 21.04 a user would be given sane-airscan by default. You will have to go here and then move on to download a Debian package from here. Install the package and execute scanimage -L and airscan-discover. Post the outputs back to us.

  • The MG5730 is an oldish printer in technical terms. However, it is likely to understand the WSD protocol
  • For scanning on USB I would normally recommend ipp-usb, but I do not think it will work with this device.

For printing the network URI is


and the USB URI is


Now install printer-driver-gutenprint and do lpinfo -m | grep MG5730. The PPD begins gutenprint and ends with expert.

Execute lpadmin -p PRINTER_NAME -v URI -E -m PPD, substituting what you have for URI and PPD. PRINTER_NAME can be what you want, for example, 5730. Test printing with lp -d PRINTER_NAME /etc/nsswitch.conf.

  • I have uploaded the outcome in my question.
    – Sun Bear
    Sep 1, 2021 at 18:02
  • I confirm that Document Scanner, which is very similar to Simple Scan, can now scan via wifi. It is WSD flavour. This is great news. However, when I tried to use the same scanner connected via usb, although DS can detected the scanner, the scanned document appears entirely black in colour. I can't print to printer yet via wifi or via usb.
    – Sun Bear
    Sep 1, 2021 at 19:34
  • You wrote, "Now install printer-driver-gutenprint". Do you mean I do sudo apt install printer-driver-gutenprint?
    – Sun Bear
    Sep 2, 2021 at 11:05
  • sudo apt install printer-driver-gutenprint is fine.
    – brian_p
    Sep 2, 2021 at 11:12
  • Printing via wifi is successful. Thank you very much for your guidance. There is a typo in your answer. It should be lpinfo -m | grep MG5370.
    – Sun Bear
    Sep 2, 2021 at 17:06

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