Adding a Konica Minolta Bizhub 363 Printer to an OS X system

Konica Minolta bizhub 363 MFD

I needed to print to a Konica Minolta bizhub 363 Multi-Function Device (MFD) from a MacBook Pro laptop running OS X Yosemite (10.10.5). When I checked the system to see if there was already an appropriate Konical Minolta printer driver present on the laptop, I did not see any Konica Minolta printer drivers.

$ ls -l /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources | grep -i Konica 

So I searched for one at the Konica Minolta Support & Downloads page. I downloaded the BH423PSMacOS109_1100MU.dmg (10240 KB) file (you have to accept the license agreement before you can download the file). If you double-click on the downloaded file, in the OS X Finder, you will see bizhub_423_10... appear under Devices. If you click on that item, you will see two files are contained in the Apple Disk Image .dmg file: Readme_e.txt and .devices_bizhub.png.

Bizhub 423 .dmg file contents

To install the driver, double-click on the .pkg file which will open a "Welcome to the 423 Series PS Installer" window.

bizhub 423 driver welcome window

Click on Continue and then Continue again at the "Important Information" and "Software End User License Agreement" windows that follow. Then click on Install at the standard install window where you have an opportunity to change the install location, if you so desire.

bizhub 423 driver standard install

Provide the password for an account with administrator-level access on the system when prompted. You should then see a window stating "The installation was successful."

bizhub 423 driver installation successful

You can then click on the Close button. You should then see Konica Minolta files, including one for the bizhub 363 driver, in the /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources directory.

$ ls -l /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources | grep -i Konica 
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel   42831 Feb 23  2016 KONICAMINOLTA223.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel   42830 Feb 23  2016 KONICAMINOLTA283.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel   42830 Feb 23  2016 KONICAMINOLTA363.gz
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel   42828 Feb 23  2016 KONICAMINOLTA423.gz

Once the driver has been placed on the system, you can add a Konica Minolta bizhub 363 printer from a command line interface, e.g., a Terminal window using the lpadmin command.

$ lpadmin -p "192.1168233.41" -v "lpd://" -D "Konica Minolta BizHu
b 363 MFD" -L "Building 14 Room E158" -P "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resour
ces/KONICAMINOLTA363.gz" -E 

When adding a printer from the command line using the lpadmin command, you can specify the IP address of the printer with the -p (lowercase "p") argument. Other arguments for the command include the following:

       -v "device-uri"
            Sets  the  device-uri  attribute  of the printer queue. Use the -v
            option with the lpinfo(8) command  to  get  a  list  of  supported
            device URIs and schemes.

       -D "info"
            Provides a textual description of the destination.

       -L "location"
            Provides a textual location of the destination.

       -P ppd-file
            Specifies  a  PostScript  Printer Description file to use with the
            printer. If specified, this option overrides the -i option 
            (interface script).

The text enclosed in quotes after the -D can be any description you want to give to the printer and the -L is any text you wish to use to indicate the location of the printer.

For the -P (uppercase "P") option, I referenced the Konica Minolta BizHub 363 PostScript Printer Description file placed on the system with the installation of the driver software from Konica Minolta's website.

The -v option is followed by a uniform resource identifier (URI). In this case that was lpd:// followed by the IP address of the printer because the printer supports the Line Printer Daemon protocol.

After you've added a printer, you can verify that it has been added using the lpstat command. E.g., lptstat -p -d shows all of the printers added to the system and the default printer, if any, for the system.

$ lpstat -p -d
printer is idle.  enabled since Thu Sep  1 14:56:01 2016
        Data file sent successfully.
no system default destination

Options that you can use for the command are shown below:

            Shows the current default destination.

       -h server[:port]
            Specifies an alternate server.

            Shows a long listing of printers, classes, or jobs.

       -o [destination(s)]
            Shows the jobs queue on the specified destinations. If no destina-
            tions are specified all jobs are shown.

       -p [printer(s)]
            Shows the printers and whether or not they are enabled for  print-
            ing. If no printers are specified then all printers are listed.


  1. Adding a printer from the command line on an OS X system
    Date: August 7, 2014
    MoonPoint Support
  2. Adding a Konica Minolta BizHub 363 printer from the command line on OS X
    Date: April 16, 2015
    MoonPoint Support


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