Brother printer network support/install and setup

I own a brother DCP-J152W Printer. I have had endless issues getting it setup on Manjaro KDE over the last few releases. I do not have the same issues on Kubuntu.
I have tried the driver for the Brother DCP-j152w wifi multifuncional printer But all I get is an error saying bad file descriptor in the printer settings or once it said that file format not supported on the printer screen and it locked the printer up for an hour. Has something changed? It used to work fine.

I have also tried many times to follow the Arch wiki Packaging Brother printer drivers with no success. I’m still learning how to do pkgbuild.

I would like to know how to get my brother DCP-J152W printer working please any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also why is there only HP printer utilities installed? not everyone owns a hp printer and they (in my area at least) are the hardest to get and most expensive to buy and purchase ink for. I’m not saying hplip is bloatware in itself. But one persons useful is another persons bloatware. How do I go about removing hplip and all it’s applications but not break printer support. I tried one and ended up so frustrated by the mess it caused.

If the Manjaro Team only think people should use HP printers then they should have to supply us all with HP printers at a large discount. :rofl:.

As I said on Kubuntu I do not have any issues at all I don’t even need a driver I just add my printer as an ipp wireless printer My neighbour in the next room has arch kde and he just added my printer in printer setting. So I’m guessing this is a manjaro issue

What and why is Manjaro different and why do they make it so difficult to not have a non hp printer? is this a financial thing? does manjaro get money for every person they force to buy a HP printer out of frustration :slightly_smiling_face:? I’m not being mean it’s a genuine question.

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Meaning the AUR package (brother-dcpj152w) or something else?


yes AUR (en) - brother-dcpj152w it wouldn’t let me post links in the original post

Well, that’s the Brother Linux driver.

Because apparently HP is better at supporting Linux? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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how does that help Sorry?

If not done already start with installing cups and enabling printing capabilities as described in the wiki
Printing - Manjaro

Also If not there already install lib32-gcc-libs

pamac install lib32-gcc-libs

Next install the driver (remove it first if it is still installed)

pamac build brother-dcpj152w

Check whether the printer filter" file exists under /usr/lib64/cups/filter. If not, copy (or symlink) it from the /usr/lib/cups/filter directory.

After that you should be able to set the printer with cups, both usb and wifi…

See the FAQ


I was just making sure you had tried the AUR package.

I don’t have any other ideas except trying CUPS and checking the Manjaro (link in above post) and Arch wiki:

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Thank you for your help

Blockquote pamac install lib32-gcc-libs
Nothing to do.
Transaction successfully finished.


I have installed already paman just re-installs the package .

brother_lpdwrapper_dcpj152w is already there cups does not detect the printer to add it?

Why is only HP supported in Manjaro?

I do not own a usb cable for it. I could get one next time I’m in town in 6 months or on the next mail flight in 3 months (I work in remote Australia). But I don’t have these issues on Kubuntu? what is different?

Is all is there and you followed the faq from Brother you should be able to get it to work.
SInce your using the wifi connection it is this part (all done in cups)

For network connection

  1. Connect the printer to the network and turn it on.
  2. Select Modify Printer from the Administration menu.
  3. A list of connected printers appears. Select the target printer from Discovered Network Printers .
  4. Multiple identical printers may be listed depending on the supported network protocols. In that case, list them in descending order.
  5. If the printer is not listed, select Internet Printing protocol (http) , click Continue , and then enter http://xx.xx.xx.xx (where xx.xx.xx.xx is the IP address of the printer) on the displayed page.
  6. Select the options you want, and then click Continue to confirm your selection.
  7. Click Modify Printer .
  8. Try to print again.
  9. If you cannot print, repeat the steps from step 2 , and then select a different printer in step 3 .
    If you cannot print with any of the listed printers, after selecting Internet Printing protocol (http) , enter the IP address manually.

So I guess you also need your printers ip address

How did you come up with such an idea?
The hplib section in de wiki is just an example because HP has an default printer manager for Linux. Most other printers can be setup by cups. It is nothing more and nothing less.


yes the ip address is but cups doesn’t detect the printer.

I only say that because on my neighbours arch laptop they just add my brother printer by the add printer in kde setting same as I could do in Kubuntu without hplib. I am just trying to understand why manjaro only has HP printer support. That from what I can tell has all the same things every other printer has. But Manjaro is the only one that has an issue with my brother printer and they are the only ones that have hplib or hplip or hputilities? Why don’t Manjaro make their manjaro-printer package without hp in it like the others do?

Thank you again I really appreciate you taking the time to help me and answer my questions

And you can ping the address of the printer?

Manajaro =! Kubuntu
So sometimes you need to configure a bit more.

Speaking of that. could you provide the output of your cups config?

Also there is an alternative method and only works if your printer supports the Bonjour protocol

What is the output of
lpinfo --include-schemes dnssd -v

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I realise Manjaro is not equal to KDE or Arch what I meant was it only seems to be Manjaro that I have to do this on and not either of the others. The only difference is manjaro only seems to ship with HP support nothing else unlike the others do.

what is the best way for me to share that here for you please? Sorry I’m a newbie on here.

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=3.27 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=2.68 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=3.69 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3.40 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=255 time=2.78 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=255 time=3.76 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=255 time=2.89 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=255 time=3.16 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=255 time=2.91 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=10 ttl=255 time=3.58 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=11 ttl=255 time=2.65 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=12 ttl=255 time=3.06 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=13 ttl=255 time=2.59 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=14 ttl=255 time=2.65 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=15 ttl=255 time=4.17 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=16 ttl=255 time=2.88 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=17 ttl=255 time=2.74 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=18 ttl=255 time=2.68 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=19 ttl=255 time=2.68 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=20 ttl=255 time=2.58 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=21 ttl=255 time=2.73 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=22 ttl=255 time=2.80 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=23 ttl=255 time=2.68 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=24 ttl=255 time=3.91 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=25 ttl=255 time=2.69 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=26 ttl=255 time=3.54 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=27 ttl=255 time=7.28 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=28 ttl=255 time=2.74 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=29 ttl=255 time=2.64 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=30 ttl=255 time=2.61 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=31 ttl=255 time=5.15 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=32 ttl=255 time=2.82 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=33 ttl=255 time=2.67 ms

No problem.

You can find how in this item

and then specifically How to Format “Code” in the Forum

So basically.

Open the file in an text editor like kedit for instance.
select and copy the text
paste here
Select the text and click </> in the toolbar.

Also I think you missed a question.
What is the output of
lpinfo --include-schemes dnssd -v

If there is no /etc/cups/cupsd.c(which I think is the case) could you provide the output of etc/cups/cups-browsed.conf

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The vast majority of printers supports PCL.

There is usually very little to get a networked Brother printer to print - just connect using JetDirect to IP:9100 using the common HP 4L driver - this will work with almost any network printer.

What may be harder is if you try to use a software package to connect to such MFC’s more advanced functionality such as remote scanning.

Only very few know about the built-in webserver in almost any network printer. Try point your browser to the printers local IP address. Unless you want the browser to jump onto the internet and issue a search for the IP - the format is important. Always terminate a request for a local webservice with a / (frontslash) e.g.

The webservice usually provide access to some the printers advanced funtions - e.g. scanning - in which case you download the image using your browser.


Your right, but so should be adding the printer manually by specifying a socket:// ( in this case).

Benefit can be printer specific options.

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Sorry my fault. I should have paid better attention. The output of

lpinfo --include-schemes dnssd -v
network dnssd://Brother%20DCP-J152W._ipp._tcp.local/?uuid=e3248000-80ce-11db-8000-142d2763584c

until I learn this forum better I uploaded both etc/cups/cupsd.conf and etc/cups/cups-browsed.conf



Thanks again

Great oke lets try something here.

We are going to connect the printer with the Bonjour protocol

First check if avahi in installed. If not install it.

Next we start the daemon

sudo systemctl start avahi-daemon

and enable it

sudo systemctl enable avahi-daemon

Oke that’s step one so to say.

As you can see you have an dnssd output the number behind " uuid=" is important. In this case less because you only have one output but keep that number in mind.

goto cups so
Administration and add printer.
If needed fill in your credentials.

In Discovered Network Printers pick your printer, but make sure you don’t pick the fully driverless one.

(If there is no printer there is something wrong.)

push continue

If all went oke you should see the same dnssd line in Cups at the connection line. If you want you can modify name, description and location.

push continue

Now since you installed the printer drivers select the correct printer software under model (not the driverless or the IPP everywhere one) and add the printer.

This should normaly do the trick

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Just in case:

If cannot add Printer and it lists as “Forbidden”

sudo usermod -a -G sys your user name

Then add printer as normal

Administration Tab-add the printer

system-config-printer from the official repositories may be of some help.

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Okay I did



goto cups so
Administration and add printer.
If needed fill in your credentials.

I did that. I entered my credentials. It showed me

Discovered Network Printers: 
Brother DCP-J152W (Brother DCP-J152W)
Brother DCP-J152W (Brother DCP-J152W)
Brother DCP-J152W (fully driverless) (Brother DCP-J152W)

I tried the first one and the second one I did not try the fully driverless like you said.
the page loaded for a long time then showed

This site can’t be reached
The web page at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

We are moving camp tomorrow and we will not be high enough to get any mobile coverage. So I think I’ll just try to quickly install Kubuntu as at least that just works and does not only come with hp support like manjaro does. I do not know when we will be back in range and I’ve wasted my only day off in a month to try fix this mess.

As I said before this printer used to work fine and does on my android phone, my neighbours Arch install, Kubuntu another guy even can use it wirelessly on his Win10 laptop all are setup the same on the same hotspot from my phone. The only difference is Manjaro and they are the only ones that have hp support which is what I’m thinking the issue is (Not that I have anyway of proving that) and I don’t feel like or think I should have to have the headache that this has caused out of nowhere nor the headache of unstitching hplib / hplip / hp tools or whatever it is from the system all because of some daft decision by the Manjaro team.

One last time I am so grateful for all of your gracious time, help and patience.
I’m sorry I am frustrated now (NOT! at you at all) at the situation and having to do a full clean install of Kubuntu.

To any Manjaro Devs please look into removing all the hp bloat as a mandatory part of manjaro-printer (sure have it installed by default but have it as an optional package) and make the printing setup as easy as every other distro. Please?

I’d even pay to have a package nohp-manjaro-printer at this point

Oke but it shows up now so it should work if you can get passed the.

The web page at **** might be temporarily down or it may have moved

This is kinda strange, that should not happen and I wonder how this can happen.
unless cups stops for some strange reason.

All I know is with Bonjour it work 9 out of 10 times.

I dunno if Kubuntu uses that for default.

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