MAC, Linux, or Unix, Driver Suggestions for Zebra Printers

Doc ID:    SO7680
Version:    17.0
Published date:   
Updated:    05/22/2015
Categories:    CUPS


Topic or Information

CUPS Driver supports Linux/Unix or Mac OS X operating systems

Applies To

Linux/Unix or Mac OS X operating systems

CUPS Driver


Zebra does not provide a driver for use on Linux/Unix or Mac OS X operating systems but instead suggests the use of the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) driver.

The CUPS drivers with Zebra printer support are included in some Linux distributions and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above.
Zebra’s technical support staff can offer limited assistance by providing documentation and escalating issues to the CUPS developers for investigation when used on the platforms listed below. After escalation, Zebra has no control on when issues may be investigated or addressed.
Support is limited to general inquiries relating to the operating systems listed below and providing existing documentation for the actions described below. Zebra support representatives are not available to provide step by step installation via the telephone. In order to provide solutions, any inquiries or issues should be reproducible in our support lab.
Limited support and documentation are available for the following actions related to the 1.4 and later versions of CUPS:-
  • Providing details on where to obtain a download of the CUPS driver.
  • Installing a CUPS Zebra printer driver.
  • Configuring the CUPS Zebra printer driver.
  • Printing a test page to a Zebra printer.
Zebra provides limited assistance for CUPS on the following platforms:‐
  • RedHat
  • SUSE
  • Ubuntu
  • MAC OS X (Snow Leopard or above) Details on installing a Zebra Printer on Mac OS X 10.5 Read More>>
For further information, support above and beyond what Zebra provides and the latest versions of CUPS, visit
For information on :
How to Download for Installing or Upgrade of CUPS on Linux Read More>>
To Install or Add a Zebra Printer  Read More>>
Configuring a Zebra Printer with CUPS  Read More>>
Printing a Test Page with CUPS  Read More>>
Print To File with CUPS  Read More>>
Currently the CUPS printer driver supports all Zebra based ZPL, EPL1, EPL2,  and CPCL printers.  Kiosk (KPL language) support is expected in the 1.6 version of CUPS. 


Helpful Information

The following companies supply Mac, Linux or Unix software. However, as these drivers and software are not Zebra products, these referrals do not imply that Zebra supports them.


Computalabel supplies drivers and Macthermal software for the Mac. The Computalabel website is

NRG Software, LLC.

NRG develops Mac OS X compatible carrier-certified shipping solutions. The NRG website is

Peninsula Software

Peninsula Softare supplies a Mac Thermal Printer Driver for the OS X operating system.  The website is


Unibar provides barcode & RFID printing software for use on UNIX and Linux platforms.  The Unibar Software website is


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