Using large format paper with Linux and the Epson WorkForce WF-7520 printer

Update: Nope, I can’t get this to work any more.

I have an Epson WorkForce WF-7520, and I really like it: excellent built-in duplex large format scanner with ADF, CIFS network storage, giant paper bins, photo quality printing up to 330×482 mm, only slightly expensive print cartridges… Under Linux, though, it’s not so well behaved, especially if you want to print on large format paper. This is the workaround I developed:

  1. Put the B-size/11×17″ paper in Tray 1 (the upper one), and the Letter paper in Tray 2. This, unfortunately, matters — the driver that can print large format can only access the upper tray. On the setup menu on the printer console, tell the printer which tray holds what size of paper.
  2. Install the epson-inkjet-printer-escpr driver; it should be in the standard Ubuntu repos. Define a printer (wf7520-lf, for example) that uses this driver. Set the paper size to “US B 11 x 17 in”.
  3. Ensure that the lsb and lsb-printing packages are installed:
    sudo apt-get install lsb lsb-printing
  4. Download and install the non-free epson-201115w driver from the EPSON Download Center. Define a printer (I used wf-7520 for the name) using this driver, making sure that the correct PPD (epson-inkjet-printer 1.0.0-1lsb3.2 (Seiko Epson Corporation LSB 3.2)) is used. Set it up to use Letter paper, and (important!) set the source to Paper Cassette 2. You might want to make this printer the system default.

To print to large format, use the command:

lp -d wf7520-lf -o PageSize=USB file.pdf

To print regular size, just send the job to the wf-7520 device.

(modified from my Ask Ubuntu question/answer: Selecting Large Format Paper: what printing options work?)

Update for the (rightly) confused: Epson appear to have hoiked US B / 11×17″ support for this printer. Here are my PPDs:

Copying PPDs from one driver to another may not work, but you’ve likely nothing to lose.

7 thoughts on “Using large format paper with Linux and the Epson WorkForce WF-7520 printer”

  1. I have only a Linux workstation. Will I miss something that I need to do during the installation/configuration of this printer without a Windows or Mac O/S printer attached?

    Are there other features I will be missing if I am using this printer through a direct connection to a Linux machine?

    Thanks.

  2. Nope, the whole install should go fine under Linux. The only thing you can’t do is scan directly from the device’s front panel to a Linux computer. But put an SD card in the printer’s slot, scan to that, and you can access it from any computer on your network.

  3. I have been struggling with this same problem with the WF-7520 for a while. I have tried your solution but when choosing a paper size for the epson-inkjet-printer-escpr driver, US B 11×17 is not an option – instead it gives me a handful of paper sizes in metric units, none of which correspond to 11×17. Did you run into this problem?

  4. No, I didn’t. I also have epson-escpr and printer-driver-escpr installed. Maybe they set up the size?

    Is there Tabloid or “US B” available?

  5. I have those installed also. These are the printer sizes that are available using the generic driver:

    10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in)
    10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in) (borderless)
    5 x 7 in / 127 x 178 mm
    5 x 7 in / 127 x 178 mm (borderless)
    16 x 9 wide size (102 x 181 mm)
    16 x 9 wide size (102 x 181 mm) (borderless)
    A4 (210 x 297 mm)
    A4 (210 x 297 mm) (borderless)
    A3 (297 x 420 mm)
    A3 (297 x 420 mm) (borderless)

    There is definitely no US B or tabloid / ledger size available.

    Would it be possible for you to e-mail or otherwise send me your ppd files?

    Thank you for your time!

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