How to Install Drivers for Canon Printers PIXMA MX Series on Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04, Linux Mint 16/15/14/13, Pear OS 8/7 And Elementary OS 0.2

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canon is the largest printer manufacturer, but it does not have drivers for every printer model, running on Linux.

In this article I will show you how to install the Ubuntu drivers for Canon MX Series Printers, on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 15 Olivia, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pear OS 8, Pear OS 7 and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.

This article has installation instructions for:

  • Canon MX320 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx320series
  • Canon MX330 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx330series
  • Canon MX350 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx350series
  • Canon MX360 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx360series
  • Canon MX410 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx410series
  • CanonMX420 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx420series
  • CanonMX420 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx420series
  • Canon MX860 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx860series
  • Canon MX870 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mx870series
  • Canon MX880 Ubuntu Driver – cnijfilter-mp880series

In order to get a successful installation, you have to add the repo and update the system:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-gruz/canon-trunk
$ sudo apt-get update

For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Linux Mint 17 Qiana ONLY, you need the libtiff4 library which is not available via the default repositories, but we can download it from the Debian Sid sources.

Download and install the libtiff4 library, for either 32 bit and 64 bit systems:

How to install the libtiff4 library on 32 bit Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 systems:

$ wget http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/t/tiff3/libtiff4_3.9.7-2ubuntu1_i386.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i libtiff4_3.9.7-2ubuntu1_i386.deb
$ sudo apt-get install -f

How to install the libtiff4 library on 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 systems:

$ wget http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/t/tiff3/libtiff4_3.9.7-2ubuntu1_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i libtiff4_3.9.7-2ubuntu1_amd64.deb
$ sudo apt-get install -f

And install the drivers for your printer:

Canon MX320 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx320series

Canon MX330 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx330series

Canon MX350 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx350series

Canon MX360 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx360series

Canon MX410 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx410series

Canon MX420 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx420series

Canon MX860 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx860series

Canon MX870 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx870series

Canon MX880 Ubuntu Driver:

$ sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx880series

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5 comments on “How to Install Drivers for Canon Printers PIXMA MX Series on Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04, Linux Mint 16/15/14/13, Pear OS 8/7 And Elementary OS 0.2
  1. Damian says:

    Thank you for doing this. I had old instructions that worked but your method is so much more elegant and worked great on my rebuild to Linux Mint 16. Nice work!

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks so much for the excellent instructions.
    They’re better than any other I’ve found.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. SamSam says:

    Thanks so much for the excellent instructions.
    But, i don’t worked with ubuntu 14.04 64bits and a mx350 printer. A solution? Thanks for all

    cnijfilter-mx350series:i386 : Dépend: libtiff4:i386 (> 3.9.5-3~)

    • Glenn says:

      My MX870 Didn’t work as well to start off with.
      I have Xubuntu 64Bit and Ubuntu 64Bit.
      To get it to work I installed the procdure for 32Bit, and I used the first page of info from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1475336 .I used the sudo ./install.sh .The installation was by-passed and it went straignt to the setup of the printer. Answered all the prompted questions. Went to add Printer, searched for my printer, Found it and selected Print test page. Failed to print but there was another Printer Icon on the Screen, I tried it and it worked. I then Deleted the Icon which I had (Searched/Created and failed to print) all working fine now.

  4. mick says:

    Or you can hit the power button and wake your printer up and then send about 3 pages and find out your color ink is low. Since you gave up windows and your old grandpa box and your ink went dry.

    Linux Mint 16 automatically found it and installed it.
    Did install the libtiff4 library.

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