Windows Printing via Samba in Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bdemers, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. bdemers macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2007
    In Tiger, there was an option to use Windows Printing via Samba. It was accessed, when adding a printer, by holding down the Option key while selecting "more printers"

    This no longer brings up the necessary options in Leopard.

    Does anybody here know how to set up Windows Printing via Samba in Leopard?
  2. SupadudeX macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2006
  3. akulberg macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007
    re: Windows Printing via Samba in Leopard

    I had a similar issue configuring ldp printing (which is also no longer supported in the Leopard printer setup as far as I could tell) from my mac to a networked XP machine. I found that you can go directly to the CUPS interface and configure the URI for the printer there:
  4. chrishenry macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007

    I've managed to install SAMBA printer directly through CUPS. Go to http://localhost:631/ then click add printer, follow the on-screen instructions (choose Windows Printer via SAMBA for the device and enter the usual URI--smb://...--there is no need to include username/password apparently, Leopard asked me for that when I printed for the first time).

    Hope that helps :)

  5. SupadudeX macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2006
    What did your URI look like? I tried what I did in Tiger smb://user:password@workgroup/computer/printer. This does not work anymore.
  6. bdemers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2007
    My URI was of the form:


    It asked for username and password (local to the Mac) afterwards...
  7. SupadudeX macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2006
    Ok I just got this working. I had to do smb://ipaddress/printer

    Now I just need to figure out what to do with the ipaddress because my router assigns them dynamically.
  8. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    This worked for me...

    Hey this works. It took a few interations through this thing, but I now have both of my Macs printing to a printer that is shared from a Window XP machine[ the key was the "smb://win-machine-name/queue-name" ].

  9. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    Customize the Toolbar.

    They just hid the option in Leopard but it is still there. When you go to add a printer in leopard you need to "Customize the toolbar" and add the "advanced button" Then when you click on advanced you can select windows printing and insert a samba string.
  10. imeister macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2010
    Printing works, but terribly unsecure

    While you can use the following
    to set up the printer in Leopard and Snow Leopard, the password you enter is stored in plain text in /private/etc/cups/printers.conf, to which anyone could browse...

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