Where are printer drivers stored in Mac?
Even wondered where printer drivers are stored in Mac? Let’s find out!
What is a printer driver?
A printer driver is computer software that enables a user to request a particular action from the operating system by sending commands or instructions directly to an attached Printer device. The Mac OS has supported printing since its initial release in 1984, but until recently there was no way for users to print without buying their printer drivers (software that communicates with the printer) because Apple did not provide any support for third-party printers.
Apple now provides generic printer drivers for some third-party printers.
Today, almost all new Macs come with one or more preinstalled printer drivers, and it is common practice to give preference to these drivers over downloading others over the Internet. This means that most of the time you won’t need additional print drivers unless you want either faster printing speeds or enhanced features or options. This article provides insight on where to find the drivers that are preinstalled on your Mac.
The simplest answer to this question is that printer drivers for Apple-branded printers are automatically installed when you connect a printer to your Mac. However, even if you’re using this kind of printer there may be times when you need additional print drivers (for instance if it seems like your printing time is slower than usual).
Fortunately, these drivers come included with all versions of Mac OS X since 10.2 Jaguar and can be found in the following locations:
There are several places to look on a Mac where you can find installed printer drivers, depending on whether the driver is native to the Mac or came from a third-party source. The first place is in /System/Library/Printers/. This directory contains printer drivers that are included with the Mac OS by Apple.
If you have updated to Lion 10.7 or later then, new print device installations will be stored under /Library/Printers/. You can use the System Profiler application (/Applications/Utilities/) to determine if your new print device has been added under either of these two directories. If it has not, then it may be installed using an installer package that you downloaded from the Internet or that was included with an application that you may have installed.
Take note of the directory where your printer driver was installed. The next step is to check which program created the print queue for this device so that you can remove it after determining if there are multiple copies of the drivers on your computer. You can do this by opening System Preferences, selecting Print & Fax, and then clicking on the Open Print Queue button.
Open Printers – [System Preferences] Window Open dialog box Printer name corresponding to new print device selected Delete all print queues except one (the correct one) Delete driver in /usr/local/bin OR delete candidate directories one-by-one in /Library/Printers/
The next step is to check which program created the print queue for this device so that you can remove it after determining if there are multiple copies of the drivers on your computer. You can do this by opening System Preferences, selecting Print & Fax, and then clicking on the Open Print Queue button. Next: delete all print queues except one (the correct one) and delete driver in /usr/local/bin OR delete candidate directories one-by-one in /Library/Printers/. [PRINTER DRIVERS CAN BE FOUND IN] /Library/Printers/PPDs/(language code).(4 or 5 character printer name)(version number).lproj or ~/Library/inters/(language code)(4 or 5 character printer name)(version number).lproj
What happens if the automatic install of a printer fails?
- Make sure you update your Mac device!
- If you want to manually install the drivers (in case the automatic process fails) you’ll find them at /System/Library/Printers/Libraries. If no printers are configured, then go ahead and create one with the “+” button in the Printers & Scanners pane of System Preferences. You can also use this method to create fax printers, network printers, and multifunction devices.
Note that some drivers are already included on your Mac OS X installation DVD. However, they’re only used for printing on supported Apple printers. If you try to print with an unsupported printer, then you’ll have to download additional drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
To find out more about adding a printer, check apple’s support site. That should help fix any problems you may run into when trying to add a printer or print using one of your machines!
If you are still unable to install a printer on your computer, you’ll need to get a Mac service technician to help you out.