Line Printer Remote (LPR)

Definition of Line Printer Remote (LPR) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is LPR (Line Printer Remote)?

A general TCP/IP utility on UNIX networks that is used to send print jobs from clients to print servers. A print server is a UNIX machine running the Line Printer Daemon (LPD) process. In Microsoft Windows NT–based or Windows 2000–based networks that use TCP/IP, you use the lpr command to send print jobs to a UNIX LPD server, a Windows NT–based server running the LPD service, or a Windows 2000–based server running the LPDSVC service.

For example, to configure a computer running Windows NT for Line Printer Remote (LPR) printing to a UNIX LPD print server, use the Network utility in Control Panel to install the optional service called Microsoft TCP/IP Printing on your machine. Then use the Add New Printer Wizard to create a new printer, adding a new LPR port that maps to the IP address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the UNIX host running the LPD service and attached to the print device or the stand-alone network print device.

LPR examples

Enter the command lpr -S Server7 -P Laser12 readme.txt to print the readme.txt file using the print queue Laser12 on the Windows NT–based server named Server7, which is running the LPD service.


The file to be printed using the lpr command must be a text file or a file specially formatted for the printer being used (for example, a PostScript file for a PostScript printer).