# Find PPD file used by AirPrint printers

I occasionally need to set up a printer manually (e.g. when pushing out a printer with Munki), however as the printer is AirPrint compatible, the manufacturer often doesn’t provide a standalone driver to download. Or, sometimes the AirPrint driver is just what I want – with none of the other crap that the full driver package includes.

When doing this, the tricky part is finding the PPD that CUPS automatically retrieves from the printer as it’s not in /Library/Printers/PPDs.

For my future reference, these PPDs are saved in /private/etc/cups/ppd/ – and you can find out what PPD any given printer is using via the lpstat command – e.g.:

``````[[email protected] ~]\$ lpstat -l -p
printer HP_Color_LaserJet_MFP_M283fdn is idle.  enabled since Tue  6 Apr 14:21:19 2021
Form mounted:
Content types: any
Printer types: unknown
Description: HP Color LaserJet MFP M283fdn
Location: Automatica HQ
Connection: direct
Interface: /private/etc/cups/ppd/HP_Color_LaserJet_MFP_M283fdn.ppd