There is "Epson Printer Utility" that shows ink levels and allows to check nozzles and clean printer heads. This utility appeared not long ago and it is very useful, because there is no other way to see ink levels for printers without LED using Linux systems.

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The utility can be downloaded from Epson Drivers Site.

After the deb package is installed the utility can be started by


terminal command.

How can I get set it up to be started a normal way from Launcher or a desktop icon?

3 Answers 3


You need to create a desktop file for it and change some permissions.

  1. Create /usr/share/applications/epson-utility.desktop file with this content:

    #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Epson Printer Utility
  2. Give permissions to this file to be run

    sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/epson-utility.desktop
  3. There are no permissions to read contents of /opt/epson-printer-utility/resource/Images directory for some reason. You need to grant them.

    sudo chmod 755 /opt/epson-printer-utility/resource/Images

Now you will see the utility in your Launcher.

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  • Following the steps the icon is visible in the launcher, but its not opening, neither from the terminal. If invoked from terminal its showing Communication daemon down, Error code = -1. What to do? Sep 26, 2020 at 17:15

I did alt+F2 and epson-printer-utility and then locked the icon on panel, plain and simple.

  • This looks like a commentary, not an answer.
    – Pilot6
    May 14, 2016 at 13:17
  • This provides the easiest way to add to the launcher. May 14, 2016 at 15:44
  • 1
    I like it. It's short and effective. +1 May 19, 2016 at 12:02

You could also try using gnome-panel to create an icon for it. You can install gnome-panel (from the terminal) with:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends

and then start it (again from the terminal) with:

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

Then enter the name you would like the icon to have, the terminal command to start it, and a file path to a picture for the icon you want.

  • Is there a need to install gnome-panel just to run one program? The point was that there is an utility and it is possible to make a shortcut.
    – Pilot6
    May 14, 2016 at 13:18

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