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let’s say you want to print all of the pdf files in a directory quickly.  printing from the command line in these situations can be handy.  here’s how to do it:

 >> lpstat -a 

 will give you a list of all of the installed printer names.

>> lp -d “my_printer_name” ~/my_folder/*.pdf 

will send out all of those pdf files to be printed! 


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4 Responses to “print from the command line in mac os x”

  1. on 10 Dec 2011 at 12:49 pm Michael Howitz

    The default page size to print on seems to be “letter” to switch it e. g. to “a4″ add the option “-o media=”. Example:

    >> lp -d “my_printer_name” -o media=A4 ~/my_folder/*.pdf

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  3. on 04 Jul 2012 at 11:08 am locke

    This assisted me. And for that, I am grateful.

  4. on 06 May 2015 at 5:52 am Alan

    Many thanks. Brillant to see old UNIX stuff still being useful on Mac OS X 10.8.

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