Linux PDF Virtual Printer

Use cups-pdf as a Linux PDF virtual printer

Recently a constituent of mine asked for some help getting her Linux distro to print to PDF.  In her case she was using the photo sharing software Picasa by Google and needed the ability to print her pictures to pdf files.  Unlike open office which will create pdf files Picasa was looking for a linux pdf virtual printer to print to.  After some searching I found that installing cups-pdf would enable linux to print to a virtual cups-pdf printer that appeared as a printer device on the system.  This process worked perfectly with Picasa and quickly generated a pdf on my desktop of any picture I selected to print.

How to install it:

Installing cups-pdf was easy.  In my case I was using Fedora core 12 with its standard repositories as well as the rpm-fusion repositories.  All I had to do was open the package manager, search for cups-pdf, and install it.  Once it was installed I checked to see if the virtual device showed up in the administration-printing menu which it did and I was able to use it with no configuration required.  If you are using a different linux distribution this process should work for you, but you may need to find and install a repository with the cups-pdf.

I hope this helps someone looking for a linux pdf virtual printer.

If you’ve had an experience with this or need help the please comment here and contact me.

– Joel