In Ubuntu 12.04 on switching on the printer the system automatically recognized the plug in but in Ubuntu 14.04 this would not happen.

I wish someone would show me the method by which I can install HP Laserjet 1020 plus driver and plugin easily.


3 Answers 3


Now I have got some easier solution to my own problem:

Just use the command : hp-doctor

I had to answer some question during the process. And it downloaded all the necessary drivers / plug-ins. That's all.

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    Thanks! This works perfect. Should be the accepted answer. Dec 25, 2017 at 16:12
  • In case you get error described here just do python3 /usr/bin/hp-doctor Nov 29, 2019 at 11:20
  • Worked for me in Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS as getweb didn't worked (getweb: Couldn't download http://foo2zjs.rkkda.com/firmware/sihp1018.tar.gz)
    – brunetton
    Feb 14, 2022 at 17:41

Here is the way how OP has solved his problem in this comment,

Step-1 :

Change directory to Downloads where the hplip will be downloaded. Write in a terminal,

cd ~/Downloads

Step-2 :

Download hplip-3.13.11.run from the terminal using wget as,

wget -c http://kaz.dl.sourceforge.net/project/hplip/hplip/3.13.11/hplip-3.13.11.run%22

Note: Newer version of hplip is available. you can check sourceforge.net

Step-3 :

Run the package as superuser. You may need to use the package name that you downloaded. Here,

sudo sh hplip-3.13.11.run

Step-4 :

Install hplip-gui using apt from the terminal as,

sudo apt-get install hplip-gui

I followed steps given in the blog https://blog.hostonnet.com/how-to-install-hp-laser-jet-1020-plus printer. These are on terminal enter following steps.

sudo apt update
sudo apt remove hplip cups-filters cups hplip-data system-config-printer-udev
sudo apt install build-essential tix groff dc cups
sudo apt install cups-filters unp system-config-printer-gnome
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/hplip
cd /tmp
rm foo*
wget -c http://foo2zjs.rkkda.com/foo2zjs.tar.gz
unp foo2zjs.tar.gz
cd foo2zjs/
./getweb 1020
sudo make install
sudo make install-hotplug

Unplug and replug USB printer.

Type system-config-printer, select foo2zjs as the printer driver. Errors can be checked by entering tail /var/log/syslog

  • Blog not found
    – Kulfy
    Aug 7, 2020 at 10:01
  • Not enough effort was made to research this issue by using HP or ubuntu sites.
    – mccurcio
    Aug 8, 2020 at 0:02

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