OS X Leopard and broadcasted cups printers - no Shared Printers

for whatever reason - and it might be that bonjour should become the preferred method - printers broadcasted from a cups print server don’t show up in OS X 10.5 it is annoying in case one just wants to print (without fiddling around with the cups server)…

for the moment the solution seems to be to add

BrowseProtocols cups

to /etc/cups/cupsd.conf (e.g. after BrowseAllow all). in case you know what you are doing

sudo killall -HUP cupsd

restarts the printing service (aka cupsd). the references also show a way of doing all this via cups' web interface (on http://localhost:631)…

nevertheless, you will have to add the ‘Shared Printer’ via ‘Printer & Fax’ - just that now the printers from the cups server will show up.


  1. http://mcdevzone.com/2007/10/28/printer-fix-for-leopard

  2. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1203691

  3. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=382577