I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 with the latest updates as of 2 Feb 2016.

I use my laptop on my home Wi-Fi network and at at work on our school's Wi-Fi network. I have a Wi-Fi printer at home and a USB printer at my office.

I'd like to delete all the school printers that Ubuntu automatically adds to my list of available printers. I've tried to delete them, but they don't go away.

I've tried: System Settings > Printers > Right-click on networked printer > select Delete. The printer does not disappear from the list.

I've also tried doing the same as above, but pressing the Delete key on the keyboard. Still no joy.

I don't want to completely turn off Wi-Fi printing because I use that at home. I just want the printer dialog boxes to display only my own two printers.



2 Answers 2


Login to https://localhost:631/printers/ and delete there. Fast and simple.

If you don't like CUPS printer auto discovery - disable it: How do I disable automatic remote printer installation?

  • Thanks. I followed your link to the other solutions. Editing the CUPS configuration files did the trick.
    – trinkner
    Feb 12, 2016 at 17:20
  • what does "localhost:631/printers" mean to me on my machine. I am not a programmer. Do I add this in exactly in my terminal? or does "localhost" reference a name on my computer? Dec 29, 2020 at 19:31
  • greatfiction: The "localhost:631/printers" is entered into any internet browser window to access the CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) config page. "localhost" is interchangeable with "", which is the default address for localhost, unless you've changed your /etc/hosts file.
    – delta1071
    Jan 18, 2021 at 10:21
  • @greatfiction you put it in the web-browser's address bar. "localhost" is usually an alias to the IP address (internal to the computer), and the part ":631" corresponds to a "port" number.
    – Levente
    Jan 18, 2021 at 11:12

List all printers with:

sudo lpstat -p

Delete a printer with:

sudo lpadmin -x <printer name>

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.