How to Install Canon Printer Driver, ScanGear MP in Ubuntu 20.04

Looking for Linux drives of Canon printers and multifunction devices? Here’s easy way to install the ScanGear MP2, Cnijfilter2, and UFRII drivers in Ubuntu 20.04 via PPA.

Thanks to Thierry Ordissimo, the guy maintains an Ubuntu PPA that contains official Canon drivers for Linux.

The most recent version added G6000, G6080, TS5300, TS5380, TS6300, TS6380, TS7330, TS8300, TS8380, TS8330, XK60, TS6330, TS3300, and E3300 series support in ScanGear MP2 driver. And E3300, G5000, G5080, G6000, G6080, GM2000, GM2080, TR703, TS3300, TS5300, TS5380, TS6300, TS6330, TS6380, TS700, TS708, TS7330, TR8300, TS8330, TS8380, XK60 support in the IJ print driver.

And a large list of devices were added support in the UFRII driver, see previous link for details.

1.) Add the PPA repository

Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from system application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thierry-f/fork-michael-gruz

Type your password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter to continue.

2.) To install the ScanGear MP driver, run command:

sudo apt install scangearmp2 

To install IJ printer driver, run command:

sudo apt install cnijfilter2

3.) To install UFRII or LIPSLX printer driver for Canon LBP/iR printers, install one of following packages for your devices via apt command:

  • cnrdrvcups-lipslx
  • cnrdrvcups-ufr2-uk
  • cnrdrvcups-ufr2-us

There are also a list of PPD (PostScript Printer Description) files available in the PPA, either install one via apt command or use Synaptic to search for your printer.