Mac OS X 10.2: Included PPDs and use of PostScript printers

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Mac OS X 10.2 installs PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files necessary to use many Apple LaserWriter and third-party PostScript printers. This document includes a list of included PPDs and discusses their use.

The Mac OS X print architecture works with many Apple and third-party PostScript printers, specifically those which have these two characteristics:

  • Are PostScript Level 2 or 3 printers
  • Use PPD files to describe the set of printer features available for a specific PostScript printer or printer family

For example, a PPD file typically describes printer features including:

  • The paper-handling capabilities of a printer
  • The number of paper trays and their capacity
  • Available paper sizes they handle

PPD files are created by printer manufacturers. Mac OS X 10.2 includes PPD files from Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Tektronix, and Xerox. A list of these printers can be found below. For information on ink jet printers, see "Mac OS X 10.2: Included Ink Jet Printer Drivers".

Choosing a PPD File

Mac OS X may automatically select the proper PPD for USB- and AppleTalk-connected printers. Print Center can usually determine the model name of a connected printer, and a matching PPD. An advantage of automatic PPD selection is that when a PPD file is not found in the Mac OS X system, it then searches in the Classic (Mac OS 9) System Folder, provided the Classic environment has been used at least once, or that the Classic System Folder has been selected at least once in Startup Disk preferences. For these and other reasons, you should allow Mac OS X to use its automatic selection capabilities when the proper PPD is available.

When adding a printer that is connected to a computer via AppleTalk, the PPD will be selected automatically for you, unless you choose one specifically from the Printer Model pop-up menu.

When USB PostScript printers that use TBCP (tagged binary control protocol) are connected to your computer for the first time, a printer queue is created automatically, and the proper PPD is associated with that printer. If that printer's PPD is not available, the Generic PPD will be automatically associated with that printer and queue. Check your printer's specifications to see if it uses TBCP. To work with Mac OS X, a USB PostScript printer must use TBCP. Those that do not may not print. If necessary, contact the printer manufacturer for Mac OS X compatibility information.

In contrast to the automatic selection of PPDs for USB and AppleTalk connected printers, you must manually select the printer's PPD file when adding "LPR Printers using IP". For best results, choose the PPD file that is provided specifically for that printer from the Printer Model pop-up menu. When the specific PPD file for your printer is not available, consider choosing the Printer Model that most closely resembles your printer. Selecting the PPD intended for a model of printer similar to yours will often provide you access to more of your printer's capabilities than merely selecting the Generic PPD, which is designed for maximum compatibility with a wide range of PostScript printers.

Printer not listed?

If your printer is not listed below, try choosing the PPD of a printer that has a feature set similar to your printer. Using a PPD that is not designed specifically for your printer may not provide access to all of your printer's features, and unforeseen problems may be encountered. Before choosing this workaround, check with the manufacturer of your printer to see if they have released a printer-specific PPD for Mac OS X.

Some printer features not available?

Bundled PPDs may not offer every feature of a printer, such as sheet feeders or built-in fax machines. If your printer has a feature that is not available, contact the printer manufacturer for more information regarding the use of that feature. In the case of the LaserWriter 16_600 PS Fax, for example, Apple does not include the built-in fax feature when that PPD is used with Mac OS X.

Renaming or reconfiguring your print queue

With Mac OS X 10.2 you can change existing print queues.

PPDs Included with Mac OS X 10.2

This list is subject to change. You may always check with a printer manufacturer to see if a later version of the PPD has been released.


LaserWriter 12/640 PS
LaserWriter 16/600 PS Fax
LaserWriter 16/600 PS-J
LaserWriter 16/600 PS
LaserWriter 4/600 PS
LaserWriter 8500
LaserWriter Color 12/600 PS-J
LaserWriter Color 12/600 PS
LaserWriter Color 12/660 PS
LaserWriter IIf v2010.113
LaserWriter IIf v2010.130
LaserWriter IIg v2010.113
LaserWriter IIg v2010.130
Personal LaserWriter 320
Personal LaserWriter NTR
LaserWriter Pro 400
LaserWriter Pro 405
LaserWriter Pro 600
LaserWriter Pro 630
LaserWriter Pro 810
LaserWriter Pro 810 Fax
LaserWriter Select 360
LaserWriter Select 360 v2013.112
LaserWriter Select 610


HP Business Inkjet 2250
HP Business Inkjet 2280
HP Business Inkjet 2600
HP Color LaserJet 4500
HP Color LaserJet 4550
HP Color LaserJet 5M
HP Color LaserJet 8500
HP Color LaserJet 8550
HP Color LaserJet
HP DesignJet 1050C PS3
HP DesignJet 1055CM PS3
HP DesignJet 2500CP PS3
HP DesignJet 3500CP PS3
HP Designjet 5000 PS3
HP Designjet 800 PS3
HP LaserJet 1200
HP LaserJet 1220
HP LaserJet 2100 Series
HP LaserJet 2200
HP LaserJet 3200m
HP LaserJet 3300 Series
HP LaserJet 4 Plus
HP LaserJet 4000 Series
HP LaserJet 4050 Series
HP LaserJet 4100 MFP
HP LaserJet 4100 Series
HP LaserJet 4
HP LaserJet 4ML
HP LaserJet 4MP
HP LaserJet 4Si v2011.110
HP LaserJet 4V
HP LaserJet 5000 Series
HP LaserJet 5100 Series
HP LaserJet 5M
HP LaserJet 5MP
HP LaserJet 5Si Mopier
HP LaserJet 5Si
HP LaserJet 6MP
HP LaserJet 8000 Series
HP LaserJet 8100 Series
HP LaserJet 8150 Series
HP LaserJet 9000 MFP
HP LaserJet 9000 Series
HP Mopier 240
HP Mopier 320
HP Color LaserJet 4600


Lexmark 4039 plus
Lexmark 4079 plus
Lexmark C720
Lexmark C750
Lexmark C910
Lexmark E320
Lexmark E322
Lexmark Optra C
Lexmark Optra C710
Lexmark Optra Color 1200
Lexmark Optra Color 40
Lexmark Optra Color 45
Lexmark Optra E310
Lexmark Optra E312
Lexmark Optra E312L
Lexmark Optra Ep
Lexmark Optra K
Lexmark Optra L
Lexmark Optra Lx+
Lexmark Optra Lx
Lexmark Optra Lxi+
Lexmark Optra Lxn+
Lexmark Optra M410
Lexmark Optra M412
Lexmark Optra N
Lexmark Optra R+
Lexmark Optra R
Lexmark Optra Rn+
Lexmark Optra Rt+
Lexmark Optra Rx
Lexmark Optra S plus
Lexmark Optra S xxx5 Series
Lexmark Optra S
Lexmark Optra SC
Lexmark Optra T
Lexmark Optra W810
Lexmark T520 SBE
Lexmark T520
Lexmark T522
Lexmark T620
Lexmark T622
Lexmark W820
IBM Color Jetprinter PS 4079
IBM Laserprinter 4029
IBM Laserprinter 4039


Tektronix 750DP1
Tektronix 750DX1
Tektronix 7700DN
Tektronix 7700DX
Tektronix 7700GX
Tektronix Phaser 360 P1
Tektronix Phaser 740 E1
Tektronix Phaser 740 E4
Tektronix Phaser 740 P1
Tektronix Phaser 740 P4
Tektronix Phaser 750 N1
Tektronix Phaser 750 P1
Tektronix Phaser 780 G1
Tektronix Phaser 780 P1
Tektronix Phaser 780 G4
Tektronix Phaser 780 P4
Tektronix Phaser 1235 Series
Tektronix Phaser 2135 Series
Tektronix Phaser 7401
Tektronix Phaser 7404
Tektronix Phaser 7801
Tektronix Phaser 7804


Document Centre 490/480/470/460 families
Document Centre 440/432/425/420 families
Document Centre 340/332/230/220 families
Document Centre 265/255/240 families
DocuPrint N2025 PS
DocuPrint N2125 PS
DocuPrint N2825 PS
DocuPrint N3225 PS
DocuPrint N4025 PS
DocuPrint N4525 PS
Phaser 790
Phaser 840Ev5
Phaser 840Pv5
Phaser 840v5
Phaser 850DPv2
Phaser 850DXv2
Phaser 850Nv2
Phaser 860Bv2
Phaser 860DPv2
Phaser 860DXv2
Phaser 860Nv2
Phaser 1235
Phaser 2135
Phaser 8200Bv2
Phaser 8200DPv2
Phaser 8200DXv2
Phaser 8200v2
Xerox 2006
Xerox Phaser 790
Xerox Phaser 3400
Xerox Phaser 5400
Xerox Phaser 6200B
Xerox Phaser 6200DP
Xerox Phaser 6200DX
Xerox Phaser 6200N

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Published Date: Oct 10, 2016