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Plugin: cups.plugin Module: cups.plugin


Monitor CUPS performance for achieving optimal printing system operations. Monitor job statuses, queue lengths, and error rates to ensure smooth printing tasks.

The plugin uses CUPS shared library to connect and monitor the server.

This collector is supported on all platforms.

This collector supports collecting metrics from multiple instances of this integration, including remote instances.

The plugin needs to access the server. Netdata sets permissions during installation time to reach the server through its library.

Default Behavior


The plugin detects when CUPS server is running and tries to connect to it.


The default configuration for this integration does not impose any limits on data collection.

Performance Impact

The default configuration for this integration is not expected to impose a significant performance impact on the system.



Minimum setup

The CUPS server must be installed and running. If you installed netdata using a package manager, it is also necessary to install the package netdata-plugin-cups.



The configuration file name for this integration is netdata.conf. Configuration for this specific integration is located in the [plugin:cups] section within that file.

The file format is a modified INI syntax. The general structure is:

    option1 = some value
    option2 = some other value

    option3 = some third value

You can edit the configuration file using the edit-config script from the Netdata config directory.

cd /etc/netdata 2>/dev/null || cd /opt/netdata/etc/netdata
sudo ./edit-config netdata.conf


Name Description Default Required
update every Data collection frequency. 1 False
command options Additional parameters for the collector False


There are no configuration examples.


Metrics grouped by scope.

The scope defines the instance that the metric belongs to. An instance is uniquely identified by a set of labels.

Per CUPS instance

This scope has no labels.


Metric Dimensions Unit
cups.dests_state idle, printing, stopped dests
cups.dests_option total, acceptingjobs, shared dests
cups.job_num pending, held, processing jobs
cups.job_size pending, held, processing KB

Per destination

This scope has no labels.


Metric Dimensions Unit
cups.destination_job_num pending, held, processing jobs
cups.destination_job_size pending, held, processing KB


There are no alerts configured by default for this integration.

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