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Enable CUPS Web Interface: Mac OSX

The CUPS Web Interface may be disabled by default on your Mac.

To enable it so you can access the printing system to set up your default settings:
  • Copy the following string and paste into Terminal:
cupsctl WebInterface=yes
  • Hit return, and close terminal. Now you can access the CUPS Interface by entering localhost:631 into your browser address bar


CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for OS X® and other UNIX®-like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to support printing to local and network printers.