Samba Print Server

Another common use of Samba is to configure it to share printers installed, either locally or over the network, on an Ubuntu server. Similar to “Samba File Server” this section will configure Samba to allow any client on the local network to use the installed printers without prompting for a username and password.

For a more secure configuration see “Securing a Samba File and Print Server”.


Before installing and configuring Samba it is best to already have a working CUPS installation. See “CUPS - Print Server” for details.

To install the samba package, from a terminal enter:

sudo apt-get install samba


After installing samba edit /etc/samba/smb.conf. Change the workgroup attribute to what is appropriate for your network, and change security to share:

   workgroup = EXAMPLE
   security = user

In the [printers] section change the guest ok option to yes:

   browsable = yes
   guest ok = yes

After editing smb.conf restart Samba:

sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

The default Samba configuration will automatically share any printers installed. Simply install the printer locally on your Windows clients.