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May 18, 2020 - 2 minute read - Comments

Installing HP Envy Photo 7855 in Fedora 32 Linux

Last time I tried to install a printer in Linux was very challenging. At that time I was using a dot-matrix Epson LX-300 printer that connects via the LPT port. To install it in Linux you need to provide the port name, IO address, IRQ number and the driver to use. It’s cumbersome but rewarding once it works. Fast forward and I am using an HP Envy Photo 7855. I want to install it on my Fedora 32 Linux install as I rarely use Windows anymore. Surprisingly the installation is very easy!

HP Envy Photo 7855 has wireless printing support. Instead of using a USB connection to my computer, I decided to connect to it wirelessly. That way I am not constrained by cable length and I can print to it whenever I have a wireless connection. Once the printer is connected to the wireless network, I took note of its IP address which I will use later on to connect to the printer.

HP provides driver support via hplip, which stands for HP Linux Imaging and Printing. It is available in the Fedora 32 repositories and installing it is fairly easy. Install the package via the yum / dnf command -

sudo yum install hplip hplip-gui

Once the package is installed, use the hp-setup command to add the printer. Use the IP address of the printer as a parameter -

hp-setup 192.168.1.1

The GUI will load and it will display the printer on the IP address provided. Press NEXT to continue.

And after that, press ADD PRINTER to install the printer! That’s it!

To verify that it is installed, use the lpstat command. lpstat -a -d will display active printers and the default printer -

[ryanrudolf@t540p ryanrudolfoba.com]$ lpstat -a -d
ENVY_Photo_7800 accepting requests since Mon 18 May 2020 04:27:50 PM EDT
ENVY_Photo_7800_fax accepting requests since Mon 18 May 2020 04:27:51 PM EDT
system default destination: ENVY_Photo_7800
[ryanrudolf@t540p ryanrudolfoba.com]$ 

And there it is! Sample test page and it works OK.

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