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CUPS-PDF for Mac OS X / Home


CUPS-PDF is a backend module for CUPS(Mac OS X's printing system) by Volker C. Behr that, rather than printing to a device, prints straight to PDF files.

Why use this rather than a simple "Save as PDF" in the print dialog?

  • Pressing return is faster.
  • Batch-print through the writer to convert documents to PDF.
  • Common save location for all generated PDFs.
  • Share a PDF printer so you can print to it from another computer.

Installation (10.6+)

  • Install the package.
  • Open System Preferences and go to Printing.
  • Click on Add Printer (the + at the bottom).
  • "CUPS-PDF" should be in the list, select it.
  • Select "Postscript" from the "Print Using" menu and pick "Generic postscript color printer"
  • Click Add

If your OS is incompatible with the package version, install anyway. Then follow the steps in here to setup a null printer and follow the steps in here to add this null printer to the printer list.


  • Remove the printer from System Preferences -> Printers.
  • Re-run the installer and check the "Uninstall" option this time.


Print to the printer normally. The output will be in /Users/Shared/CUPS-PDF in a folder with your user account's name. Feel free to make an alias to this folder on your desktop or put it in the Dock.