In 2009 I got a HP Color LaserJet CP1215. Unfortunately this printer is not compatible with OS X. Six years ago I managed to install the printer by using open source tools and drivers. In 2012 I got a new MacBook Pro and needed to install the printer again and I wrote about the process on my old blog. Now three more years have passed and when OS X 10.10 Yosemite came out I decided to do a clean install, but I didn't install the printer because I didn't need it. A few month have passed since then and now I needed to use the printer again and thus I had to install it again.

This is part tutorial, part reminder for myself on how to install this fucking printer.

You need GCC to compile C code. In my opinion the best way to get GCC is to install Xcode from the Mac App Store. In Xcode you have to install the Command Line Tools (Preferences > Downloads > Components). You also need Homebrew to install some libraries. Open a Terminal window and install wget and gnu-sed.

$ brew install wget
$ brew install gnu-sed
$ brew install ghostscript

Download and install Foomatic RIP and HIPJS for Mac OS X. The page also includes a download for Ghostscript, but I used Homebrew to install it. The links state that Foomatic RIP and HIPJS are for OS X 10.8, but for me they work fine on 10.10 Yosemite.

Next you need to install foo2zjs. Terminal:

$ wget -O foo2zjs.tar.gz
$ tar zxf foo2zjs.tar.gz
$ cd foo2zjs
$ make
$ ./getweb 1215
$ sudo make install
$ sudo make cups
$ cupsctl WebInterface=yes

Open the CUPS web interface: http://localhost:631

  1. Add a printer by clicking on Adding Printers and Classes and then Add Printer. Enter your Mac OS X user name (must be an administrator) and your password.
  2. Select the printer (I connected the printer to my AirPort Express and it showed up in the list automatically) and click the submit button.
  3. Enter a name and description and submit the form again.
  4. Select HP
  5. Select HP Color LaserJet CP1215 Foomatic/foo2hp (en)
  6. Click on Add Printer
  7. Set Color Mode to Color and Bits Per Plane to 2 Bits Per Plane. Submit.


Please note that I cannot give support on installing this fucking printer on OS X. If you send me emails about this printer I will ignore them.