Mac OS X Lion – How to view network printer paths


A problem that I recently ran into was needing to update some network printers whose locations has changed due to network changes in our office. For the life of me, I could figure out how to see, let alone change the path to the printers while in Mac OS X Lion. The Print & Scan preferences panel was of no help that I could discern.

After a bit of digging around the CUPS system, I found that there is a built-in web interface that is turned off by default. You can enable it easily, but don’t forget to turn it off as it could be a security risk. From the command prompt:

Boom! Now just point your handy dandy browser to http://localhost:631 and voila, you have full control of your CUPS (printing) environment.

Mac OS X Lion   How to view network printer paths

Well, to my discouragement, I still could not simply update the path for the printer, but I could at least see the path to verify it was correct. So, while not a silver bullet, it was something worthwhile posting in case I should need it again.


About Tom

Tom genuinely loves tech. Not just gadgets but game changing stuff. Oh yeah, he hates to talk about himself in the 3rd person. So, I really enjoy involvement in sharing big tech in the #nptech (nonprofit technology) arena. The need to be entrepreneurial drives me to learn and dive into projects, but without the financial acumen to go it alone. Visit me in the afternoon and you'll see Google Chrome packed with my tab hoarding tendencies and you might even catch me practicing my fake british, over the top, accent. Christ follower, husband, father and technology enthusiast. Attempting to live life out as a light in this world and stumbling at times in this fallen world.

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