Introduction to CUPS Filters

The CUPS Filters package contains backends, filters and other software that was once part of the core CUPS distribution but is no longer maintained by Apple Inc.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

CUPS Filters Dependencies


Cups-2.4.2, GLib-2.72.3, ghostscript-9.56.1, Little CMS-2.13.1, Poppler-22.08.0, and Qpdf-10.6.3



Avahi-0.8 (required to build the DNSSD backend of the cups-browsed daemon, which is needed for operating some network printers), OpenLDAP-2.6.3, PHP-8.1.9 (use of this might be broken), Liblouis (Braille), and Liblouisutdml (Braille)

Optional printer drivers (runtime)

Gutenprint-5.3.4 (for supported printers), or other printer drivers, such as hplip

User Notes:

Installation of CUPS Filters

Install CUPS Filters by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr        \
            --sysconfdir=/etc    \
            --localstatedir=/var \
            --without-rcdir      \
            --disable-static     \
            --disable-avahi      \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/cups-filters-1.28.16 &&

To test the results, issue: make check. DejaVu fonts are needed for the tests.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-avahi: This switch is needed if the optional Avahi-0.8 is not installed. Remove it if avahi is installed and you need network printer discovery capabilities.

--without-rcdir: This switch disables installation of the bundled bootscript which is not compatible with BLFS.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--with-test-font-path=VALUE: If you wish to run the tests, but you do not have the default /usr/share/fonts/dejavu/DejaVuSans.ttf use this switch to specify where DejaVuSans.ttf (or perhaps some other text TTF font - untested) is located.


Installed Programs: cups-browsed, driverless, driverless-fax, and foomatic-rip
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/{cupsfilters,fontembed}, /usr/lib/cups/{backend,driver,filter}, /usr/share/cups/{braille,charsets}, /usr/share/doc/cups-filters-1.28.16, and /usr/share/ppd/cupsfilters

Short Descriptions


is a daemon for browsing the Bonjour and CUPS broadcasts of shared, remote CUPS printers


is a PPD generator utility for driverless printing


is a wrapper to driverless for FAX type devices


is a universal print filter/RIP wrapper which can be used as CUPS filter or stand-alone for spooler-less, direct printing

contains CUPS Filters API functions