Printing in Debian 10: CUPS isn't in the default desktop if you forget to check the box during installation


I haven’t had the occasion to print anything in Debian 10 Buster in the couple of weeks that I have been running it, but today is the day.

I knew from the release notes that Debian 10 included “driverless” printing, but I couldn’t find any printers in GNOME Setings, even though I have a wireless printer on my local network.

The reason? I didn’t have CUPS. I had forgotten to check the “print server” box during my installation.

I installed CUPS:

$ sudo apt install cups

My printer showed up immediately.

I printed my document.

Easiest Linux printer “setup” ever.

Here’s where I missed the checkbox (thanks to LinuxTechi’s Installation Screenshots article for the image):

The Debian Installer screen where you are asked what you want installed, including a print server.