My printer have Emulated Duplex Mode under Windows 7. In which it says " Turn all Papers DownSide " . But my Printer Driver in Ubuntu doesn't support long edge and short edge Duplex Emulation.

Its a Duplex Emulation, not a real Duplex Machines. It ask for Turning Paper in Reverse Order when printing.

I need similar thing for linux to save some paper. How can this be done.

Note Printing Odd and Even Pages causes problem in Case of Multiple Page per Sheet.

Printer Samsung SCX3200 Series ( SCX 3201g )

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I had the exact same problem with my HP Photosmart C3180. You might want to try installing gnome-manual-duplex (assuming you are under the Gnome desktop). It is not in the repositories, but there is a .deb package there.

See also the presentation here.

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    Just adding some context, I'm currently running 14.04 (not yet stable) and my LaserJet 1020 was installed by default, and when I print something I get the possibility under "Page Setup" to choose two sided printing, but the terminology may be confusing. "Long Edge" and "Short Edge" refers to what edge of the paper should be to the left/right, so "Long Edge" is the standard. So as a summary, this might already be included so look for it before installing gnome-manual-duplex.
    – pzkpfw
    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:07
  • Doesn't install a "virtual printer" any more on Ubuntu 20.04 but can be invoked from the command line as a standalone application. May 21, 2022 at 22:58

Check this virtual printer driver:


It installs a virtual printer which will print odd pages, display a window with instructions in which you click "proceed" after you flip the finished odd pages.

Issues with multiple pages per sheet can be solved by printing multiple pages per sheet to a file, then printing with the multiplexer.

This should be the simplest way and it's only dependency is your phisical printer.

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