Setup Canon i-SENSYS MF8080Cw printer with CUPS on Arch Linux

Mon, Aug 17, 2020 02:00 CEST

Tags: Printer, DNSSD, CUPS


  • Printer: Canon i-SENSYS MF8080Cw
  • Driver: Canon MF8000C Series UFRII LT
  • Discovery: DNSSD

Install cups, nss-mdns, and cnrdrvcups-lb-bin

trizen -S cups nss-mdns cnrdrvcups-lb-bin

Configure nss-mdns in /etc/nsswitch.conf

# Name Service Switch configuration file.
# See nsswitch.conf(5) for details.

passwd: files mymachines systemd
group: files mymachines systemd
shadow: files

publickey: files

hosts: files mymachines myhostname mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] resolve [!UNAVAIL=return] dns
networks: files

protocols: files
services: files
ethers: files
rpc: files

netgroup: files

Enable and start avahi-daemon (more info on the wiki)

systemctl enable --now avahi-daemon.service

Enable and start cups-browsed

systemctl enable --now cups-browsed.service

Restart org.cups.cupsd

systemctl restart org.cups.cupsd.service

Query the printer’s URI

lpinfo --include-schemes dnssd -v

In the CUPS interface (http://localhost:631), configure a new printer:

  1. Go to Administration (http://localhost:631/admin),
  2. Click Add Printer,
  3. Select the printer in Discovered Network Printers and click Continue,
  4. Check that the URI matches the one found above (dnssd:/...) and click Continue,
  5. Enter details for the printer,
  6. Select the driver under make Canon (Canon MF8000C Series UFRII LT),
  7. Set defaults.

Check that the printer works.


So far it seems this printer does not support 2-sided printing. The only solution is manual page flipping which is tedious.