Available in PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

Web Print (driver-less printing via a web browser)

Web PrintWeb Print enables printing from user-owned devices without the need to install printer drivers and manage server authentication. is a driver-less printing service that allows users to print by uploading documents from a web browser. No client software or driver installation is required.

Your Web Print deployment can be scaled to meet the needs of your organization, removing bottlenecks and improving reliability. Web Print scaling through the use of multiple Web Print servers, increases throughput and minimizes users’ wait time for print jobs. Using multiple servers also provides resilience against possible network and server outages.

Figure 21: Web Print architecture overview

With Web Print, users are authenticated when they log in to the PaperCut NG/MF User web interfaceThe User web interface provide a range of services for users, including a summary of usage and balance history, a list of the shared accounts that the user can use for printing, the current costs for printing usage, ability to add balance by using a TopUp/Pre-Paid Card or an external payment system (when using the payment gateway module), transfer funds to other users, view a history of balance transactions, view a list of the user's recent printing, and view print jobs pending release (when using a Release Station).. Any documents they upload can then be tracked against their user name and the selected shared accountA shared account is an account that is shared by multiple users. For example, in business, shared accounts can be used to track printing costs by business unit, project, or client. Organizations like legal firms, engineering firms, or accounting offices often have long lists of accounts, projects, clients, or matters. In a school or university, shared accounts can be used to track printing by departments, classes, or subjects..


Web Print is not available on direct print queues. To offer this service to your users, set up a server queue for this device/printer.

Key features

Some of the key features of PaperCut's Web Print solution include:

  • Simple wizard style interface, accessed from any web browser.

  • Users authenticate with their regular (network / domain) logins.

  • 100% web based. No drivers, client software, or browser plugins required.

  • File uploads with progress indicator.

  • Supports popular document formats including PDF, DOC/DOCX (and other Microsoft Office Word formats), XLS/XLSX (and other Microsoft Office Excel Formats), PPT/PPTX (and other Microsoft Office PowerPoint formats) and Microsoft XPS (XML Paper Specification). Web Print also supports common image formats including JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and BMP.

  • Users select printers from an auto-generated list or a clickable printer map, which you can design or import using open standards and free software.

Introduction to Web Print

You can use Web Print in one of two possible modes: .

Web Print setup options (by platform)
Primary server type Default mode Sandbox mode
Microsoft Windows Yes (PDF and picture files only) Yes. All formats supported
Apple Mac Yes (PDF only) Yes. All formats supported
Linux running CUPSCommon User Printing System (CUPS) is a printing system for Unix operating systems that allows a computer to act as a print server. A computer running CUPS is a host that can accept print jobs from client computers, process them, and send them to the appropriate printer. Yes (PDF only) Yes. All formats supported
Novell OES Linux No. Default Mode not supported Yes. All formats supported

Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office and XPS Viewer are not supplied with PaperCut. It is your responsibility to purchase and conform to the licensing requirements of any third party software.

Supported applications and file formats

The following table lists the supported document types and associated applications that Web Print can use to render and print jobs. Before some file formats can be accepted as an upload, you must install its supporting application.

Web Print file formats and applications
Document Type File Format(s) Direct PrintingDirect Printing allows you to print directly from a desktop to a printer, without the need for a print server. Supported External Applications Default Mode Sandbox Mode
Portable Document Format PDF Support built-in (all platforms) Adobe Reader 9, Adobe Reader X (10), Adobe Reader XI (11), Adobe Reader DC
Picture File BMP, DIB, GIF, JFIF, JIF, JPE, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, TIFF Support built-in (Windows only)  
Word Document DOC, DOCX, etc. External application required Microsoft Office Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 365  
Spreadsheet XLS, XLSX, etc. External application required

Microsoft Office Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 365

Presentation PPT, PPTX, etc. External application required Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 365  
Microsoft XPS XPS External application required Microsoft XPS Standalone Viewer (Essentials Pack) - For more information see Installing XPS Viewer.  


Text file TXT External application required Microsoft Office Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016  
Apache OpenOffice text file ODT, OTT External application required Microsoft Office Word 2010, 2013, 2016, 365  
Apache OpenOffice spreadsheet ODS, OTS External application required Microsoft Office Excel 2010, 2013, 2016, 365  
  • * Picture files are not supported for Mac and Linux Application Servers.

  • If you have Acrobat installed on the Web Print server, when users print multiple copies of PDF files, each copy is processed as a separate print job. To reduce the server and network load, we recommend uninstalling Acrobat and using Xpdf, which is the default PDF viewer.

Security considerations

Before setting up Web Print it is worth considering any security implications. Because Web Print allows any user with access to the PaperCut NG/MF user web interface the ability to upload a document for printing, it naturally increases surface area for attack.

More specifically, security vulnerabilities that might usually be considered local, because they are triggered by opening a document in a Microsoft Office application or Adobe Reader can become a remote vulnerability. This is because these same applications are used to render print jobs on the server after the user has uploaded their document.

You can mitigate much of the security risk through security best practice, such as regularly applying security updates to the orchestrated applications. Organizations that are very security conscious might consider the sandbox approach. Sandboxing the Web Print server provides an extra layer of protection/isolation.