Printing Locally on a Chromebook


The easiest way to print on a Chromebook is through Google Cloud Print. You can search if your printer is compatible using this link: Cloud Ready Printers

If you want to print locally, then you cannot use Cloud Print. There are two main ways that you can print locally. There is an experimental feature called Enable Native Common Unix Printing System (CUPS), or if you have an HP printer, you can easily install the HP Print plug in for Chrome using the link: HP Print for Chrome.


HP Print Plug In

The HP Print plug in is a simpler way to print locally if you have an HP Printer. Once you have installed the HP Print plug in for Chrome, you will be able to print to your local printer the same way that you would through Google Cloud Print. The HP Print plug in will display an HP Print icon next to the compatible printers.

Native CUPS Printing

To enable Native CUPS Printing, enter chrome://flags in the address bar in your Chromebook's browser, look for:

 Enable Native CUPS, and select the Enable link below the setting.

This adds support for long-time standard Unix-style print standards—the CUPS (common Unix printing system) system that uses IPP (internet printing protocol)—to your Chromebook.

Once Native CUPS is enabled, you'll see a new "Printers" option in your Chrome settings.

To enable experimental local printing from a Chromebook to a local printer, go to chrome://flags and enable Native CUPS, then configure a printer in the Chrome settings.

Select Manage, and a nicely-designed Material Design version of printer settings appears,

with the option to Add Printer.

Navigate to your Network Information Menu located on your printer. You will need to know the IP address, configured protocol, and queue settings for your printer. If you are unable to locate this information, contact ITS Client Services for assistance via email at or via phone at 718-862-7973.

After you enter this information, if your device isn't found, you can also select your printer from a long list of manufacturers and models, or browse to choose your own driver.

Now, when you print, your file goes from your device to the printer over your local network.

Screenshot of local printer configuration options



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