Use case

I wanted to set up my old HP PhotoSmart inkjet printer with Google Cloud Print, but I did not want to have the client on one of my machines that I use day to day. I ended up deciding to use a jail on my FreeNAS box.

The Goods

Starting off with a fresh FreeNAS-11.3-U3.1 jail.

Install some packages

pkg install cups cloudprint hplip nano

Prep cupsd

touch /etc/devfs.rules

edit /etc/devfs.rules and add

add path 'unlpt*' mode 0660 group cups
add path 'ulpt*' mode 0660 group cups
add path 'lpt*' mode 0660 group cups

edit /etc/rc.conf and add


Run the following commands
/etc/rc.d/devfs restart
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/cupsd restart
cupsctl --remote-admin --share-printers

You should now be able to get to the cups web management using http://server_name_or_ip:631

Login using FreeNAS root login. You could also set up a new user and add it to the cups group.

Add your printer under the Administration tab

Now run the following command
service cloudprint start

Use a browser to go to the provided link and registered the printer with your Google account. Once registration is complete you should be able to send jobs to your printer.

Reboot and verify that cloudprint is running.


FreeBSD Official
Cups Official
Cloudprint GitHub

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