The Printer Working Group

Our members include printer and multi-function device manufacturers, print server developers, operating system providers, print management application developers, and industry experts. We make printers, multi-function devices, and the applications and operating systems supporting them work together better.

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The PWG Last Call of the IPP Authentication Methods best practices document has begun. This Best Practice document provides implementation guidance on how to best integrate various authentication mechanisms used over IPP‘s HTTP and HTTPS transports into IPP protocol exchanges when printer access or print feature policy require authorization.

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The PWG Formal Vote of the PWG Safe G-Code Subset for 3D Printing v1.0 best practices document is now underway. The voting period ends May 19, 2019.

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3D Printing

The PWG has defined an IPP extension for 3D printing using standard file formats and an associated XML print job ticket format.

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IPP Everywhere™

Print to any network or USB printer without using special software from the manufacturer.

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PWG Semantic Model

Support multiple network protocols and job ticket formats using our abstract model.

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PWG Standards define all of the common network protocols used by your printer.

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PWG Call for Objections: MFD Alerts v1.1 (concluded) Mar 18, 2019

This is the formal announcement of the PWG Call for Objections for approval of the MFD Alerts v1.1, located at:

This PWG Call for Objections ends Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10pm US Pacific time.


PWG Call for Objections: IPP 3D Printing Extensions v1.1 (concluded) Mar 18, 2019

This is the formal announcement of the PWG Call for Objections for approval of the IPP 3D Printing Extensions v1.1, located at:

This PWG Call for Objections ends Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10pm US Pacific.


How to Use the Internet Printing Protocol Book Jan 17, 2019

A new, informal guide to using the Internet Printing Protocol has been posted to the IPP workgroup pages and is available as a single HTML, PDF, or EPUB file. The book provides a casual introduction to implementing client printing software with modern printers using IPP.


PWG November 2018 Face-to-Face Meeting - Summary Dec 3, 2018

The PWG held its November 2018 Virtual Face-to-Face Meeting on November 14-15, 2018 via WebEx teleconferences. Representatives from Apple, Canon, Google, High North, HP Inc., Lexmark, Oki, Ricoh, TIC, TCS and Xerox attended the meetings. Attendees reviewed work in progress, including drafts of a number of in-progress specifications, and discussed liaisons with partner groups. Here is a summary of the proceedings.


IPP Everywhere™ Printer Self-Certification Tools v1.0 Update 3 Nov 9, 2018

The IPP Everywhere™ Printer Self-Certification Tools have been updated with several bug fixes, including:

  • The Windows installer no longer depends on Visual Studio DLLs.
  • The tools have been updated to incorporate the bug fixes from CUPS 2.2.5 through 2.2.9.
  • The document tests now support the new PWG Raster sample files.
  • The test scripts now use an exact match for the printer‘s DNS-SD name.


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