I recently purchased a Brother QL-700 label printer for printing address labels in Ubuntu 12.04. The Brother website lists Linux drivers, specifically for Ubuntu 8.04+. I have installed the driver and the printer shows up in System SettingsPrinters, but the status there is stuck at "Processing - Waiting for printer to become available" and I'm unable to use the printer.

In case anyone's wondering, I have indeed:

  • Powered it on,
  • Connected it via USB,
  • Installed both the lpr and cupswrapper drivers listed, and
  • Followed the directions on Brother's site.

I'm kind of at a loss. Any help would be appreciated.

2 Answers 2


Running Ubuntu 13.10 amd64 I just followed the instrunctions on http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/instruction_esp1.html and it just works.

Caveat: turn off "Editor Lite" on the printer (hold little button on front until LED turns off) otherwise the printer will not be accssible to CUPS.

  • Thanks for the tip about the editor lite! Unfortunately, I'm still stuck. :( Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 5:22
  • I am on centos and was stuck on the brother printer until I pressed on the Editor lite :D Thanks for the tip, for me it worked great (note: I had already installed the drivers available at the vendors website)
    – AntonioCS
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 14:16
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    The link is dead. :)
    – wojci
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 17:32

Here is my friend :D


download the driver and ist done! good luck

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    "download the driver and ist done", what about installing the driver? You could elaborate your answer. Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 13:11
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    That didn't work; as I noted in the question, I downloaded and installed the drivers from the Brother site without success. Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 5:15

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