I wanted to print from my work MacBook (MacOS 10.13 High Sierra) to my old Canon Pixma IP4300 printer at home, but when I connect them I'm told to look for drivers on the manufacturer's website. However, the latest available driver is a "CUPS" driver for MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion, dated september 2017.

Would it be wise to try to install this 10.8 driver on a 10.13 system, and is that even possible at all? I'd like to avoid messing up the system's printer settings and running into trouble when printing at work.

ps: I know about Gutenprint, but I'd like to avoid installing something like that on my work laptop if possible.

  • You're going to have to try it and see if it works; it might, or it might not. Alternately, if this printer is supported in Gutenprint that really is a fine alternative, I wouldn't have any reservations about using it. Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 20:45

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Have you tried one of the built-in MacOS drivers? What about removing the printer and re-installing it to see if the Mac can identify it?


Otherwise I'd contact Canon support or check around for some forums to see if they have a work around since that printer needs specific troubleshooting and MacOS isn't identifying it for you.

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    My MacBook recognizes it in the sense that when I go to settings->printers and click on the plus sign to add a printer, it can identify that there is a "Canon ip4300" connected via USB, but then it says that Apple has no drivers for this device and I should check the manufacturer's website.
    – user737608
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 6:21

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