ink -p usb|parport [-n <portnumber>] [-t <threshold>]

ink -d </path/to/device>

ink -p bjnp

ink -b bjnp://<hostname or ip address>


ink is a command line tool for checking the ink level of your printers.

Printers connected via parallel port and USB port are supported. Canon BJNP network printers are supported too.

ink makes use of libinklevel.


-p usb|parport

Probe usb or parallel port.

-n <portnumber>

Number of the port to probe (/dev/usb/lpX or /dev/parportX).

-t <threshold>

Only display ink levels less than or equal to threshold.

-d </path/to/device>

Probe the printer belonging to the specified device node. On Linux systems only USB device nodes are supported this way. On Solaris systems parallel port ones are supported too.

-p bjnp

Probe the first Canon BJNP printer found.

-b bjnp://<hostname or ip address>

Probe the Canon BJNP printer at the specified location.


/dev/usb/lpX and /dev/parportX and /dev/lpX

Devices used to read ink level. Ink NEEDS read and write access to these devices.


This manual page was originally written by Adam Cecile <[email protected]> for the Debian system (but may be used by others). It has been updated by Markus Heinz <[email protected]> to reflect new features of recent ink versions. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.



Supported devices list: