Brother HL-2070N and Ubuntu Linux

Getting the Brother HL-2070N monochrome laser printer running with Ubuntu Linux is quite simple. You just have to download two files and configure the driver properly.

Note: This instructions only apply if you are using Ubuntu Linux 7.10 or older. If you are using Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron) or newer, please use the new instructions, which are much easier.

First, we need to download the following files:

Simply install both packages in the above order using gdebi (simply double-click on them) or dpkg -i packagename.deb.

Now you should already have your HL-2070N listed in the printer list. Go to printer properties, and choose UNIX-printer (LPD) as network-printer (filed under connection). Now you just have to enter your printer’s IP (it’s handy to configure the printer with a static IP) and your printer should print the test page just fine.


  1. settar


    Thanks for the help but do you experience a problem when printing pdf files from acrobat reader. In my case pages do not fit, they shift down. I do not have this problem when I print to a file and review it as ps.


  2. Ike Hall

    Wow, thank you! This had driven me crazy until you mentioned the cupswrapper package. That did the trick!

  3. Ronny

    I use Ubuntu 6.06 and had installed HL-2070N the same way, you dicribed it above. But i can’t print a page, i get always a massage: “Job stopped”. Any Ideas?

  4. Krishna

    Will these drivers work for the PPC version of Ubuntu? I have the 2070N – but the links specified above don’t seem to work with my Powerbook laptop.

  5. Joe

    YEAH MAN ! No problems. Everything’s fine.

    Thanks for this information about the Wrapper.
    I also didn’t know that the printer needs a Wrapper ! Thanks so much.

    The installation was even more simply than you described.

    I use Ubuntu Feisty (7.04) which detected the HL 2070N automatically with IP without setting it to a network printer !!!

    Now I can start working completely independently from MS.



  6. ThanhTran

    Thank you very much for your instructions. I now can use my HL-2070N via my brand new Ubuntu box 🙂

    Thanks again


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