cupsfilter - convert a file to another format using cups filters (deprecated)


cupsfilter [ --list-filters ] [ -D ] [ -U user ] [ -c config-file ] [ -d printer ] [ -e ] [ -i mime/type ] [ -j job-id[,N] ] [ -m mime/type ] [ -n copies ] [ -o name=value ] [ -p filename.ppd ] [ -t title ] [ -u ] filename


cupsfilter is a front-end to the CUPS filter subsystem which allows you to convert a file to a specific format, just as if you had printed the file through CUPS. By default, cupsfilter generates a PDF file. The converted file is sent to the standard output.



Do not actually run the filters, just print the filters used to stdout.


Delete the input file after conversion.

-U user

Specifies the username passed to the filters. The default is the name of the current user.

-c config-file

Uses the named cups-files.conf configuration file.

-d printer

Uses information from the named printer.


Use every filter from the PPD file.

-i mime/type

Specifies the source file type. The default file type is guessed using the filename and contents of the file.

-j job-id[,N]

Converts document N from the specified job. If N is omitted, document 1 is converted.

-m mime/type

Specifies the destination file type. The default file type is application/pdf. Use printer/foo to convert to the printer format defined by the filters in the PPD file.

-n copies

Specifies the number of copies to generate.

-o name=value

Specifies options to pass to the CUPS filters.

-p filename.ppd

Specifies the PPD file to use.

-t title

Specifies the document title.


Delete the PPD file after conversion.


cupsfilter returns a non-zero exit status on any error.


All of the standard cups(1) environment variables affect the operation of cupsfilter.




CUPS printer drivers, filters, and backends are deprecated and will no longer be supported in a future feature release of CUPS. Printers that do not support IPP can be supported using applications such as ippeveprinter(1).

Unlike when printing, filters run using the cupsfilter command use the current user and security session. This may result in different output or unexpected behavior.


The following command will generate a PDF preview of job 42 for a printer named "myprinter" and save it to a file named "preview.pdf":

cupsfilter -m application/pdf -d myprinter -j 42 >preview.pdf


cups(1), cupsd.conf(5), filter(7), mime.convs(7), mime.types(7), CUPS Online Help (http://localhost:631/help)


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