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Change the CUPS web interface to listen on an external IP address

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The CUPS web interface only listens on localhost
The CUPS web interface listens on
CUPS web interface is only available on the local server
Workstations cannot access CUPS interface


Many users want to change the CUPS web interface to be accessible from anywhere on their network as opposed to just the server itself.  This is accomplished via several modifications to the /etc/cups/cupsd.conf file.  Changes are listed in bold.

Editing /etc/cups/cupsd.conf:

# Listen on external interfaces for connections
Listen <dnsnameofyourserver>:631
Listen /var/run/cups/cups.sock

# Show shared printers on the local network.
Browsing On
BrowseOrder allow,deny
BrowseAllow all
BrowseAddress All

# Default authentication type, when authentication is required...
DefaultAuthType Basic

# Restrict access to the server...
<Location />
  Order allow,deny
  Allow localhost
  Allow All

# Restrict access to the admin pages...
<Location /admin>
  Order allow,deny
  Allow All

# Restrict access to configuration files...
<Location /admin/conf>
  AuthType Default
  Require user @SYSTEM
  Order allow,deny
  Allow All

Once these steps are complete, cups must be restarted:

/etc/init.d/cups restart

Once cups has been restarted, the page will look like this:

Additional Information

Note:  If an administrator wishes to ONLY access the page from the local server, the "All" parameters can be replaced with "@LOCAL"


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  • Document ID:7004934
  • Creation Date: 25-Nov-2009
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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