i can't find how to install and use the labelwriter 450 and it's urgent. i print for my job 50 to 100 labels per week.

i don't know what to do, i just went to ubuntu from windows 8.1.1.

I tried with wine but still doesn't work.


You need to get the correct drivers for CUPS, the Linux printing system. As far as I can tell, you can download them here:



To install Dymo 450 LabelWriter on Debian Systems - Ubuntu, Raspibian, you might need first: (helped me to compile drivers, advice from : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1502581 )

sudo apt-get install libcups2-dev libcupsimage2-dev gcc g++

Then you want to do install dymo linux sdk (both links work at 2016-05-14):

Then you unpack it, compile and install driver:

sudo make install

Later I've added driver via cups web interface like any other driver, choosing right ppd file. (example project : https://www.hmazter.com/2013/05/raspberry-pi-printer-server-for-labelwriter and another: https://gist.github.com/gwpl/6d6c1457b4d1f6b778917a2f7c3c57fd ).

Finally, I share via network Dymo 450 LabelWriter(s) attached to Ubuntu and Raspibian with other Linuxes (including Archlinux) and I've found that to make printing via network (e.g. ipp:// and ipps:// ) to work, I need to schedule printing (of pdf, png, whatever) add -o raw to lpr command. You will see example of -o raw in https://gist.github.com/gwpl/6d6c1457b4d1f6b778917a2f7c3c57fd and https://askubuntu.com/a/748035/31300 .

Finally references for installing and using Dymo 450 under Linux:

  • Sadz, the links have stopped working in 2018 – Jamie Hutber Apr 19 '18 at 18:07
  • Which links? As I checked they seem working. I've just downloaded dymo cups drivers package, I see tutorials. – Grzegorz Wierzowiecki Apr 21 '18 at 10:08
  • var.dymo.com/US/resources/sdk/linux is no longer pointing to the SDK/CUPS but the first one is (at this point ;-) ) – Ray Oei Dec 6 '18 at 12:25

The answer by Grzegorz kinda works, but there is an issue in the official DYMO sources which prevents it from building on the latest version of CUPS. I found a patch on this Ubuntu forum post which contains the fix for it.

The post's instructions were:

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/dymo-cups-drivers.git

Then copy that files inside the folder of driver, and finally:
* patch -Np1 -i cups-ppd-header.patch
* ./configure
* make
* sudo make install 

Basically, several files are missing this line, which makes it impossible to build:

#include <cups/ppd.h>

I made the change against the official version copy of the source and put it in a repository for others to use: https://github.com/Kyle-Falconer/DYMO-SDK-for-Linux

  • Wait, but that link is from arch linux. This is an Ubuntu forum; how does that work? – Limited Atonement Apr 17 at 13:58
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    @LimitedAtonement It works just fine because in the end you have to compile the program with make, I've been using it on Ubuntu and Raspbian. The easiest way to get the drivers working are to use the copy on my github. Let me know if you run into issues. – Kyle Falconer Apr 17 at 16:54
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    Forwarded from MousyBusiness: Kyle Falconers github repo is the solution for me. It seems there are several missing files which he has corrected – zx485 Apr 23 at 21:34

Just FYI: If you need a label printer, do not buy a DYMO from this point in time onwards.

I have contacted their customer support and although not properly mentioned on their website, they have stopped supporting Linux as of this point in time.

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