Mac OS X Drivers for the HP Color LaserJet 1600

Update: If using Yosemite, Bernard was kind enough to provide some changes and additional required steps in the comments – you should take a gander through there before jumping back to the top to read the original process (click here to jump to the comment).

When you can’t count on HP, the Linux community is fortunately there for us Mac users.

No, there are no “HP Certified” drivers. Yes, there are Mac ones.

I pulled the information from a thread here. Thanks goes out to craigverse for the info.

Before going any further, Leopard users seem to have a very high success rate using the 1st package listed (the drivers I used). Snow Leopard users however have been met with very mixed results – some get it working, and others don’t. If you try and it doesn’t work, there are many possible side-effects: you may end up with printers permanently listed that don’t work, you may have conflicts with other installed printers, and there could be other issues.

First of all, you’ve got to download 3 programs. You can find them at The ones you’re looking for are foo2jzs, Foomatic-RIP, and gplgs (choose the gplgs that corresponds whatever verson of OS X you happen to have).

If you’re a little lazy, I’ve zipped all 3 and uploaded them here: (drivers I used) (new drivers with SL support – not tested)

To install, do it in this order (I bolded the important parts of the names in case you download slightly newer versions):

  1. Install gplgs-8.63-ub.dmg
  2. Install foomatic-rip-2008-01-30.dmg
  3. Install foo2zjs-1.1.2-ub.dmg Note that the one I included in the package is for OSX 10.3, 10.4, and 10.5 (also 10.6 for the new package but read below first). If you’re using 10.2 you’ll want to download the 10.2 files instead. It’s worth noting there’s a terminal/text part of the install you’ll have to answer questions in (for me #2 was the LaserJet 1600).

    Note that for Snow Leopard
    (the 2nd package), hpijs is there in place of foo2zjs and it’s not listed as supporting the 1600 – some seem to have success while many do not – you may want to read through a few comments and see. Alternately you may want to try foo2hp instead although this has NOT BEEN TESTED.
  4. Once installed, go to System Preferences, Printers, and add the printer – a driver should now be showing up similar to this:
    Mac OS X HP Color LaserJet 1600 driver screen
  5. Once that’s done, type the following in your browser (or you can click the link):
    and press enter. This will open up a printer configuration page.
  6. Go to:
    Manage Printers
    Set Printer Options
    Color Mode: CHANGE TO COLOR
    Mac OS X HP Color LaserJet 1600 switching from Black and White to Color

If do skip steps #5 and #6, the printer will only print in black and white.

You may want to print a test page to ensure it’s working properly:
Manage Printers
Print Test Page

That’s it! You should be good to go!


EDIT: Quite a few people have posted with issues logging in to the printer configuration page (Step 5). Here are a few steps to try. Please report back if you find them working (since I didn’t have issues, I can’t test it myself).


  1. Try using your normal login username/password. Probably won’t work, but give it a try anyway.
  2. Try the username “root”  (no quotes) along with your password. Try “root” and no password. Again, probably won’t work, but try it again anyway.
  3. It’s very possible the “root” account isn’t enabled on your system. Read on Apple’s site for instructions on how to enable the root account (listed under the How to enable the root user section of that page). It’s 6 steps for Mac OS 10.5 (earlier versions are 12 steps). Once you’ve enabled the root account, try logging into http://localhost:631/ again using “root” as the username (no quotes), and the password you created for the root account.

Step 3 should work, but since I’m not able to try it, I can’t say for sure. There’s no harm in enabling the root account, although you may want to disable it once you’ve adjusted the settings for security purposes (instructions to disable it again are on the same Apple support page).

Please leave a comment if you ran into the password issue, and whether or not the instructions in the follow-up solved it. Thanks.


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  1. Pien on April 4, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thanks for this article, it has been very helpful!
  2. Matthew on April 14, 2009 - click here to reply
    Very helpful article. However, when I try to change the printer settings and apply it, it asks for the username and password. I've typed my Mac Laptop's username and password, but it would not accept it.

    Is there an alternative default password for the CUPS interface?
  3. Cremasblues on April 16, 2009 - click here to reply
    You now the Pass to locslhost:631 and cups???
    • Matthew / Cremasblues:

      Just tried it here, and it did not ask me for a username/password. According to the page that comes up though, it says the following:

      "If you are asked for a username and password, enter your login username and password or the 'root' username and password."

      If you have different accounts on the machine, try the name/password of an administrative one. If all else fails, try using "root" for the username, and using your regular login password.
  4. Paul Wharton on April 26, 2009 - click here to reply
    Dear Matthew

    Thank you SOOoooo much for this information. I have looked all over the web and you are the only sane person on it who has actually taken the trouble and time to write point by point instructions on how to get this printer working - I am very grateful to you. I bought one of these as an 'end of line' at Staples for £26, yeah I know a bargain.....and if it killed me I was gonna find a way of getting the bugger to work on my Mac running 10.5.6
    I had discovered - then of course when it comes to applying any of their clever work - well lets just say that they can't teach - may as well have been in Russian.
    Thank you once again.
  5. Gui on May 19, 2009 - click here to reply
    I tried all the username/password, all failed!!! Please help me!!! Finally I got the solution from you! Now there is only the last one step!! @Matt Gadient
  6. Andrew Hippisley on June 2, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thank you so much for this - it worked like a dream. I know can print in colour nearly a year later.
  7. Lia on June 12, 2009 - click here to reply
    Install is completed and terminal questiones passed. No error occured. But still the driver (like in the picture above) does not show up. I can click the driver (HP COlor LeserJet 1600 Foomativ/foo2hp (recommended)) while setting up optiones for a pdf, though. Any ideas to help out? ...please?
  8. Jonathan on June 30, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hey I have done everything but I am stock on the settings since I don't know the user name and password. Please let me know these two so I can be on my way. Thanks
  9. Jonathan on July 16, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hey, whoever is in charge of this forum and helping out with this. I can only print black and white. I already registered to CUPS but in the change settings it doesn't accept my user name nor password, so I can not save the settings with the Color option chosen. What can I do???? that is a mistake of the page, how can it not accept my user name or password if that is the one I use to log in to
  10. AMR on July 21, 2009 - click here to reply
    Everything worked perfectly (Thank you for the wonderful step by step instructions!) up until I went into printer settings. I changed it to color but I was also prompted for a username and password...I tried "root" as well as regular username and password but I get an error stating that my username or password for area "CUPS" was incorrect. Any other ideas please?
  11. Jaiveer on August 5, 2009 - click here to reply
    U r the man!! Bro. its people like you, who make this world a good place to live in.
  12. Tom Hunter on August 12, 2009 - click here to reply
    Well, everything is working (thanks to Matt) but I still cannot print in color because of the P/W and logon requirement. I am the only person on this machine (my home system) and I tried every combination - no luck. Any ideas?
    • Matt Gadient on August 13, 2009 - click here to reply
      I wasn't hit with a password requirement. However the number of people having the issue led me to do a little research. The post will be updated shortly with some instructions that can be tried.

      EDIT: the post has been updated. Read the bottom section of the post.
  13. paul tudor on August 18, 2009 - click here to reply
    Great wrightup!!! Thank you from the bottom of my mac book. I was asked for a password which was my name and administrator password for my mac. Worked perfectly and the color is as good as this machine gets (rather nice actually).
    I really appreciate you taking the time to do this writeup!!!
  14. Jonathan on August 19, 2009 - click here to reply
    Matt how do I uninstall the drivers, I am using a hp photosmart C8180 All in one that is compatible with Mac. Now the problem I found is that because of your drivers I can only print one copy at a time. Your drivers have disabled the computer settings, so when I press print and I input the number of copies to print I just prints one. HOW DO I FIX THIS??????
    • Matt Gadient on August 19, 2009 - click here to reply
      paul: Glad it's working for you :)

      Jonathan: I've only installed the drivers here for the LaserJet 1600 (not the C8180), and it probably would have been better for you to simply install HP's drivers for the C8180 rather than these (you mentioned it's mac-compatible so I'm assuming HP provides drivers). In any case, you can try grabbing the correct drivers for the C8180 from HP's website and installing them - hopefully they'll take over and clear up the issues. I'm not sure how to UN-install the drivers. A recent storm brought some lightning that fried all the computers here so there's no way for me to trial/error anything. You could try running the .DMG files again - sometimes an uninstall is included with the installer, and it might trigger uninstallation options. Alternately, take a peak at the ZIP and see if any README's are included with uninstallation instructions. You could also see if any printer-related stuff was thrown in Applications, but again with the computer being toast these are just guesses. Perhaps someone else has uninstalled them and will post instructions. Best of luck!
  15. Angie B. on August 29, 2009 - click here to reply
    I have changed my printer options to color and the configuration was successful. I was able to use my root name and password to log in. However, now when I print a test page (or any other page), nothing happens. It says that the job was sent. But nothing prints. If I change the color mode back to black and white, it works again.

    Please give me advise on what to do and why I can't print in color, even when I'm able to change the printer options successfully.
  16. Colin on September 1, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hi Matt, any chance that these drivers will work with Snow Leopard? They are working great for me with Leopard, and they are the only reason I'm holding back from the OS upgrade.
    • Matt Gadient on September 2, 2009 - click here to reply
      Angie B: I'm really not sure what could be causing your issue (and it's the first I've heard of it). I've got a few possible guesses, but again, they're just guesses:
      1. Make sure you did install all 3 packages (I'd imagine missing one could get it *kinda* working, but I'm not positive). Make sure you got them all installed.
      2. Try another USB cable. In the past I've had some USB cables that wouldn't work properly with some printers (or dumped the connection down to USB 1 instead of USB 2). Since color mode is presumably dumping a lot more information to the printer, you could have a cable that's not reliably supplying a solid signal/speed. Now, don't go spending a fortune on another cable in case this isn't the issue, but if you've got other cables (for other printers, etc) lying around, it may be worth giving them a try. You could also try another USB port on the computer - I've had some flaky ones in the past.
      3. If you've got access to a Windows machine, HP has firmware listed amongst their Windows drivers on their site (although it's from 2007). Not sure if a firmware upgrade might help or not (since I'm not sure what all they changed/fixed), but you could consider flashing the printer's firmware to see. A small warning though - if something bad happens during a firmware flash (a crash, power outage, or sometimes just bad luck), a firmware flash that fails mid-way through can render your printer unusable.
      4. Best option - check back in a little while. Hopefully if someone was in the same situation and figured out what exactly fixed it, they'll leave a comment to help you out :)
      Colin: Very good question. I haven't tried the printer with Snow Leopard. I did buy SL for my brother who's on a MacBook, so next time he brings it by I'll try hooking it up to the printer to find out. Apple did throw a pile of drivers on the Snow Leopard install DVD (you can choose 3 different options when installing for various levels of printer support in the "Customize" section), although the 1600 isn't listed on HP's Snow Leopard compatibility list. Might get lucky and maybe one of the working drivers included does work.

      I'll take a peak when I can and see if either the included drivers, or the drivers I wrote about in the post work.
  17. paul tudor on September 8, 2009 - click here to reply
    I installed snow leopard after installing the drivers on leopard. It works fine.

  18. Colin on September 11, 2009 - click here to reply
    @ paul tudor

    That's awesome news! Thanks Paul! And by the way, a big thankyou to Matt for posting spot-on instructions, and the drivers as well. They are difficult to find elsewhere now.
  19. Roxy on September 12, 2009 - click here to reply
    I've just bought a new iMac with Snow Leopard. I followed the instructions but it didn't work. I still could not find HP 1600 from the printer driver list.

    Anyone can help? Thanks.
  20. graceous on September 23, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thank you so much for taking the time to solve the problem so many of us have encountered. I managed to get the printer working in colour after entering my username and password
  21. Jacques on September 23, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thank you very much Matt for the HP1600 driver setup. It is very simple to install. I went through you procedure.

    I open http://Localhost:631 window to change the Color mode from Monochrome to Color then press Set printer options. In the following window I type my Username and Password. A New Window appeared -- Printer HP_Color_LaserJet_1600 has been configured successfully -- and immediately after a Safari Window appeared -- Safari can’t connect to the server, Safari can’t open the page http://Localhost:631/printers/HP_Color_LaserJet_1600 because Safari can’t connect to the server Localhost --
    I call Apple and they can’t help me since it isn’t their software. Maybe you could help me ?
    At least , I am able to use the printer in monochrome, we made some progress.
  22. Thiemo on September 23, 2009 - click here to reply
    @ Angie B.

    Angie, I've had the exact same problem under Snow Leopard. In the CUPS-interface, where you set the mode to color, I've also set the "bits per plane" to "2 bits per plane". This has resolved the issue for me.
  23. Matt Gadient on September 24, 2009 - click here to reply
    Little update - I came across a new link for the drivers, so I updated the link and added the drivers to the write-up. They should support Snow Leopard for those having issues with the original package.

    Note that I have NOT tested the new drivers - hopefully they work. If anyone has problems please leave a comment.
  24. Jacques Parker on September 24, 2009 - click here to reply
    Following on tread #26, I had the same error with those 2 http addresses. However, I notice that Color mode was still indicating Color. So, I printed a page and a colored page was printed. The difference from yesterday was that, I shutdown the computer and all peripherals. This resetted all registers and it is still printing a color page. It appears the Kubuntu has the same problem. I think the problem is with Unix Printing System response. Thank you for you help, now I have a usable printer.
  25. Huy on September 25, 2009 - click here to reply
    @ Thiemo
    Thanks so much. Your solution also resolved this issue for me. I use HP LaserJet 1600 and Snow Leopard.
  26. Sarah Harmon on September 25, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hi, I am not having the same luck here... I am just switched over to a macbook from a pc, and have a hp color laserjet 1600. I downloaded all three drivers and installed them, but when I go into the setting, printer, and from there I am stuck. Under print using: it doesnt bring up the 1600, as shown in the screen shot. It sounds like the same issue roxy had. Any suggestions for the slightly broke graduate student who cannot afford to replace her printer?
  27. Roxy Wong on September 27, 2009 - click here to reply
    I installed
    1. gplgs-8.63-ub.dmg
    2. foomatic-rip-2008-01-30.dmg

    then I installed
    3. foo2zjs-1.1.2-ub.dmg
    from the old

    Now I managed to select the printer from the list and get the printer working. BUT it can print 'black and white' only.
    Still no color printing yet.

  28. Gui on September 29, 2009 - click here to reply
    @ Thiemo
    Dear Thiemo, I tried your solution to setup the printer.

    Yes, it can print in color now. However, there are two problems happened again.

    1) The color is not the exact color what show in the file.

    2) Some part of the file cannot be printed.

    Can you help us further? Can you tell me what the meaning of “bits per plane” and “2 bits per plane”?
  29. Gui on September 29, 2009 - click here to reply
    Dear Matt,

    Thank you so much for supply us the driver of HP color Laserjet 1600.

    I used the "old driver" in Leopard to print in color very well. However, when I update to SL, it cannot work more.

    Actually, I can print the color with Safari and Preview, but cannot print the color with Iwork 09. I can only print B/W, not color. It is very strange.

    I tried the solution which Thiemo (#27) said, change it from “bits per plane” to “2 bits per plane”. It can print in color. However, it has a very serious Color Distortion. And also, it seems cannot print the whole pages well.

    So I delete the "old version" and re-install the "new version". Unfortunately, it can only print in B/W, even in Safari. I changed from to “2 bits per plane”, the same problem happened. There is a very serious color distortion.

    Can you help me??

    Best regards.
  30. Jonathan on September 30, 2009 - click here to reply
    @ Matt Gadient
    I wasn't talking about your drivers for the c8180 I just want to know how do I turn off the settings from the drivers on this web site. Because of the drivers I installed from this web site any time I print with ANY other printer I can only print one copy at a time. Like I said before and you didn't understand me, I just have to get rid of your drivers from my system to be able to use the regular computer drivers to use my printers normally without having to use the damn CUPS program
    • Matt Gadient on September 30, 2009 - click here to reply

      The "2 bits per plane" setting that Theimo and others mentioned have been met with varying degrees of success as far as getting color working goes. It may be worth a try.


      I never had the chance to try the drivers with Snow Leopard, so I'm not sure why the color distortion's occuring. Hopefully someone else sees your message who has had the same issue and been able to fix it (hopefully it's just a setting that needs to be changed).


      Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to uninstall the drivers in the driver package (including the CUPS program, etc). Hopefully if someone knows of an easy way of doing this they'll leave a comment though.
  31. HappySpaceInvader on October 1, 2009 - click here to reply
    I found that I couldn't log in to make the change to the printer no matter what username/password combination I used. I tracked the problem down to the /etc/cups/cupsd.conf file, which has the following restriction:

    # All administration operations require an administrator to authenticate...
    AuthType Default
    Require user @SYSTEM
    Order deny,allow

    This limits modifying printer settings to anyone in the "SYSTEM" group... which doesn't exist on my Mac (at least not in /etc/group). If you are an adminitrative user on a Mac, you will belong to the admin group and most likely the lpadmin group, so you need to add those into this section of the file to be able to save your new printer default settings.

    So I fixed this issue simply by editing this file (sudo vi /etc/cups/cupsd.conf) to change the line:

    Require user @SYSTEM


    Require user @SYSTEM @admin @lpadmin

    Then restarted cups with:

    sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.cups.cupsd.plist
    sudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.cups.cupsd.plist

    Went back into the local cups page in Safari and was able to save my changes. Still not printing in color though... any color jobs sent to the printer show up in the print queue, but the printer itself ignores them. This may be because I'm going through a print server (that also does not support the HP CL 1600), instead of USB.
  32. Ruth on October 2, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hi Matt,

    First of all thanks for your detailed information. I'd tried to get the printer running on those drivers before but never got anywhere 'cause the information was always incomplete.

    My macbook and imac both reacted differently to me installing the drivers.

    On my macbook with OS X I changed the settings to colour, but my username and password were only accepted after having logged out as me (shut down the system) and logged in as root (after having enabled root). But then it didn't print, I had the same problem that Angie stated in thread #18. After I'd changed the setting to 2bit, it did print and in colour, but totally distorted as Gui said in #34.

    My brand new imac with OS X Snow Leopard didn't accept name and password at all - until I'd installed the new drivers. Now, even with the setting to colour, it only prints in black and white.

    I am about to give up on this and try to run the printer on crossover if that's possible at all (don't have any experience with it as yet though), but first I'll install the drivers that's on the installation DVD, as you suggested. I'd hate to have to give away my printer..

  33. Gui on October 4, 2009 - click here to reply
    Who can help me????
  34. Jeppe on October 8, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hi Matt,
    Finally my Mac is printing on my HP Color LJ 1600. Thanks so much ;o)
  35. mikey on October 9, 2009 - click here to reply
    hello everyone...

    Thanks for the help thus far... here is my problem, i am running leopard and when i print in color it looks awful... nothing like printing with my PC

    any ideas?

    thank you
  36. andy on October 13, 2009 - click here to reply
    Hi Matt

    I got the printer up and printing in B&W. I had the same issues mentioned by a few above, where I can't change the default printer settings in CUPS. Have used the new driver package for SL and even after enabling the root password, it won't allow the change.

    If anyone has any other ideas please let me know. Appreciate the help so far - at least I have a B&W laser now.

  37. Andy on October 13, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thanks for all the help above. I finally got it working with SL.

    1st I installed the updated drivers for SL.

    Then I updated the printer settings in CUPS - at 1st I couldn't get the changes authenticated, so I enabled the root password as described above. After enabling root, I had to:
    - restart my machine
    - then log on as root
    - then make the changes to the settings
    - then log back on with my own ID

    Note that I had to set the Bits per plane to 2 to get it to print in colour.

    I hope this helps someone, the way all the info above helped me.

    Thanks a lot :-)

  38. Swig on October 13, 2009 - click here to reply
    2 bits per plane worked for me. Thanks @Matt Gadient
  39. Deb on October 14, 2009 - click here to reply

    I'm having the same problems. 2 bits per plane makes it print in colour, but it's half black and white and it looks terrible. Any more suggestions?

  40. Nate on October 20, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have not been able to use my printer for soo long and had to transfer files to my pc to be able to print!!!! :D
  41. Arief on November 2, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thanks so much. Finally i can connect with my office printer and print. Just one more problem left, print in color. Anyone have an update on how this issue resolved ? 2 bits per plane can make me print in color, but the color was awful. Really hope anyone can help with this issue.
  42. shaun on November 7, 2009 - click here to reply
    Crap, I botched my installation from instructions from a forum. Now I have 2 entries for HP Color Laserjet 1600 (foomatic/foo2hp). Neither entry works. How can I delete all my previous drivers and start scratch so I can install this? I tried installing with this but my printer refuses to print. I'm running snow leopard btw.
  43. OlegR on November 14, 2009 - click here to reply
    @Angie B.

    I have exactly same problem as Angie B
  44. Courtney Grabill on November 23, 2009 - click here to reply
    Matt, thank you so much for putting this walk-through together. I despaired of ever getting to print on my LaserJet 1600 and now it's working perfectly! There's a little color funkiness going on but nothing major.
  45. Itgel on December 7, 2009 - click here to reply
    thank u so much!! worked like a charm
  46. Paul Makepeace on December 10, 2009 - click here to reply
    The linked-to page doesn't list the HP Color LaserJet 1600 as covered by the hpijs package, and sure enough in Snow Leopard it's not showing up after having installed the three packages there (gplgs, Foomatic-RIP, and hpijs). Not sure what "foo2jzs" is but it doesn't appear on the linked-to page. Am I missing something here?
  47. Matt Gadient on December 11, 2009 - click here to reply

    They seem to keep changing things on that site (few months back they moved the page and made changes, and now by the looks of it some more has changed).

    The foo2jzs was in the original package, and hpijs in the newer snow leopard package (although they don't seem to be listing support for the 1600 anymore).

    All I could come up with was a driver now at . It's also got a link to a foo2hp driver (perhaps the successor to foo2jzs) so it could be worth a shot. Unfortunately the foo2hp site ( ) is currently down, not that I'd have any way to test it at the moment - it's just making it that much more difficult to come up with any possible solutions.

    I'll strikeout the link for now. Hopefully someone comes up with a new working solution with all the changes. The first thing I'd try would be using foo2hp instead of foo2jzs/hpijs, but keeping the rest the same. Of course this creates a headache if it *doesn't* work, but trial & error seems to be the only way to go right now unfortunately.
  48. Gui on December 14, 2009 - click here to reply
    Dear Matt, I download the foo2jzs from the website. However, it should be run in the terminal. I don't know the commands in the terminal. Can you help us to make it to dmg file so that we can just double click to install the drivers?

    Thank you so much!
  49. Bob C. on December 22, 2009 - click here to reply
    I am a new Mac user with an HP Color Laserjet 1600. I'm kind of muddling my way through this process and I have almost got the printer working. I used the new set of drivers since I'm running with OS X 10.6 .

    My issue is that when I change the color mode to Color in CUPS, nothing comes out on my printer. The process appears to be sending the file to print but nothing happens and the queue clears normally. If I change it back to Monochrome, it prints fines though not in color of course.

    Can someone advise what I might be doing incorrectly or not doing at all?

    BTW...I ran into the password issue on CUPS as well. Got that working by re-starting my system, changing the root password and returning to CUPS. The new password worked and I've been able to attempt the change to the printer's Default Settings...albeit unsuccessfully.

    Thanx all. This has been a real challenge for me but the posts about this have been quite helpful ...bob
  50. Bob C. on December 22, 2009 - click here to reply

    Thanx so much for the suggestion about changing the Bits per Plan value to 2. Worked like a charm. ...bob
  51. Maria Elena on December 23, 2009 - click here to reply
    Thanks for such an incredibly clear, helpful article!! I just got my father's favorite printer up and working and he is no so hysterical now. :)
  52. Lynn on January 23, 2010 - click here to reply
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Your posting enabled me to set up my HP Color Laserjet on my new MacBook. This is my first Mac, so it was VERY helpful.
  53. Andrea Denmark on January 25, 2010 - click here to reply
    I have a problem with my ColorLaserJet1600. And I'm not very experienced with mac. Please help!

    I've installed the drivers, and it prints fine in B/W, but when I change from monocrome to color, by following http://localhost:631/ (I had no problem with the password), and then printing a testpage, nothing happens. It sends the dokument to the queue, and the job dissapears from the queue like it would normally do, the printer just doesn't react...
    When I change back to B/W it prints again - but still just in B/W. How can I get my LaserJet1600 to print in colors?

    Thank for helping so far!

  54. Chester Henry on February 14, 2010 - click here to reply
    User and Password works fine in localhost:631. Do you have any knowledge on getting a HP Color LaserJet 5 to print in color. It only prints in black and white, and only show this in the color selection in Cups. Thanks for the site it is the best i have come across in a while.
  55. Stefanie on February 21, 2010 - click here to reply
    Andrea Denmark :
    I have a problem with my ColorLaserJet1600. And I’m not very experienced with mac. Please help!
    I’ve installed the drivers, and it prints fine in B/W, but when I change from monocrome to color, by following http://localhost:631/ (I had no problem with the password), and then printing a testpage, nothing happens. It sends the dokument to the queue, and the job dissapears from the queue like it would normally do, the printer just doesn’t react…
    When I change back to B/W it prints again – but still just in B/W. How can I get my LaserJet1600 to print in colors?
    Thank for helping so far!

    I have exactly the same problem... Is this problem related to Snow Leopard?
    Thanks for your support!

  56. ZeD on March 4, 2010 - click here to reply
    On Snow Leopard 10.6.2 you must change bit to 2.

  57. Muyyed on March 9, 2010 - click here to reply
    when I set the “bits per plane” to “2 bits per plane”, it prints with color but the color is not matching the original image?!.

  58. Anna Marie on March 27, 2010 - click here to reply
    Hi Guys
    I have a hp laserjet 1600 and I have downloaded the software. It works fine in B/W but when I go to the locahost:631 link it won't accept any of my passwords or root password etc. I have enabled the root user facility in my finder as the Apple site suggests but still not able to print in colour.

    Any ideas??
  59. Sarah on April 25, 2010 - click here to reply
    I just followed these instructions and they worked - not perfectly but pretty darn close!!! THANK YOU!!!!
  60. Diana on June 3, 2010 - click here to reply
    When I go to http://localhost:631/ and then to Manage printer, I can't find "set printer option" to change color mode. Any suggestions? The printer is printing in B/W only.
  61. Thanks for tips, especially the "2-bit per plane" option for Snow Leopard. It's working fine.
  62. Paul T. on June 29, 2010 - click here to reply
    With difficulty it works, settilg to "Color" and "2 bits", but the color of a photograph is not as what we want. But thanks for the tips, we can print in color but quality is not as we want.
  63. Paul T. on June 29, 2010 - click here to reply
    @Angie B.
    Change to "2 bits" per plane, "1 bit" per plane will not works.
  64. Adam Edwards on July 7, 2010 - click here to reply
    Hi I have enabled the root user however I still can not set the printer potions to colour. Working in black and white which is a start :-D Can you help? The user name "root" and the password I specified will not work :(
  65. @Jean-Do Sifantus
    How do you change to "2 bits" per plane?
  66. Gimp on August 12, 2010 - click here to reply
    i am running OSX 10.6 snow leopard
    i followed the instructions
    used the old "" file
    and it work like a charm
    the only thing i have to do is switch IN "printer features" to "colour printing" in the software you are printing from, NOT IN THE PRINTER PREFERENCES MENU

    good luck and thanks a million

    BTW- i found this printer in the garbage, it seems like somebody gave up trying to make it work
  67. Brian on August 16, 2010 - click here to reply
    Worked like a charm on Snow Leopard on my brand new iMac! Thank you!!! I just followed the instructions exactly and am up and running!
  68. Steve D on August 16, 2010 - click here to reply
    Your instructions are working perfectly-- thank you!

    Only issue with the driver is that the print jobs are not disappearing from the queue after completing. This poses a problem since the LJ1600 is networked via a router and the router software releases the printer connection once the queue clears. Any thoughts on why this occurs? I looked on Bugzilla for similar Foomatic bugs but couldn't find any. This is on Snow Leopard. Thanks in advance!
  69. claireverity on August 29, 2010 - click here to reply
    Hello, thanks a lot for this works great. ONLY problem is it prints BW from InDesign? Any suggestions? Thanks x
  70. castellan on October 11, 2010 - click here to reply
    I'm running Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and installed from and not from The _new branch gave me nothing but trouble, and even downloading newer drivers and compiling them locally did not work.

    Initial tests are good, and printer sharing and color printing appear to work great.


    -- Castellan
  71. LIVIO on October 31, 2010 - click here to reply
  72. Jonathan on November 28, 2010 - click here to reply
    Can you please put this as a tutorial on youtube I can't seem the find the "set printer options" anywhere.
  73. Jhon on December 25, 2010 - click here to reply
    Not woking on snow leopard 10.6.5 when I go to print , nothing happens.
  74. Albert on January 1, 2011 - click here to reply
    I have snow leopard 10.6.5 too. I followed all instructions carefully (even with 1 person checking everything I did), but its just not printing. The printer queue says the page has been printed ok, but the printer is not doing anything (HP 1600 color laserjet). I tried pretty much all settings, BW, color, 1 bit and 2 bit. Could it be that 10.6.5 changed something to make this not work anymore?? any clues?
  75. Amy on February 24, 2011 - click here to reply
    The last step in the browser looked a little different. I had to click on the Administration tab, then you will see Manage Printers. Click on your printer name, then Set Default Options.

    I also had to set the same Color Mode and Bits Per Plane in my print dialog when I was printing to get it to go to color.

    Thanks so much! You saved me from buying a new printer!
    • Amy on February 24, 2011 - click here to reply
      FYI: I am using 10.6.6 and had followed your original directions. No problems.
  76. Nick Roads on March 8, 2011 - click here to reply
    Inherited a Color Laserjet1600 and already had a Color Laserjet 2600 TN. They share same toner cartidges so thought it was worth trying.

    Set it up via USB and simply choose the driver
    HP 2600 , which was found in Drivers and was an installed driver

    Not sure if it can with the MAC OS (I am using Snow Leopard) or was installed for the 2600 TN

    Works perfectly well in Colour and also via an Airport Express
  77. Vicky on March 21, 2011 - click here to reply
    I am in the process of setting up the laser colorjet 1600, and have installed all three programs, however, on the last one, I missed entering information into the text form that pops up, enabling me to choose the correct printer. The printer is not showing up in the system preferences. I tried uninstalling, and reinstalling the last program, but the text file never shows up again. Does anyone know how or where I can go to get that to show up, so I can choose the appropriate printer? I am new with Mac, so I don't even know where to find the programs I installed.
  78. Steve on April 2, 2011 - click here to reply
    Thanks soooo much this worked perfectly... I got a little stumped with my root user but then used my main mac acccount and password and got it to print in colour.

    thanks all!!!
  79. macbook on April 15, 2011 - click here to reply
    @ Steve
    witch os of mac du you use is it working for osx 10.6.7 ?
  80. macbook on April 16, 2011 - click here to reply
    it is not working for osx 10.6.7 because in the terminal it is written Getting HP Color LaserJet 1600 .ICM files
    /Volumes/Install foo2zjs/Helpers/Install_Printer_Extras.command: line 104: /usr/local/bin/getweb: Permission denied
  81. Benji on April 29, 2011 - click here to reply
    I am using osx 10.6.7 Do you have any reccommendations of what does work? laser Jet 2600TN?
    Open to your thoughts
  82. macbook on May 2, 2011 - click here to reply
    so on mac osx 10.6.7 the only way to get it work is to follow all the step from this tuto:
    if you have the installation dvd of macosx you do not need to download xcode because it is on the dvd.

    once you have done alle the steps of just go to http://localhost:631/ and set the printer to print in color.

    if you have any question about you can go to the forum
  83. Kristian on May 22, 2011 - click here to reply
    Got it to work. Thanks!!
  84. Thanks for great blog post, worked a treat for my customers HP Color Laser 1600.

  85. adt on June 21, 2011 - click here to reply
    Running 10.6.7.

    Found I couldn't get around the login problems despite configuring the root user on and trying all the suggestions.

    Ended up editing the HP_Color_LaserJet_1600.ppd file in /etc/cups/ppd (you have to do this as root or use sudo). Search for the appropriate defaults lines and change them. Works like a charm.
  86. gringo on July 16, 2011 - click here to reply
    running 10.6.8 worked perfectly! thank you so much it was very simple to do with no problems at all. took about 10 minutes in total to accomplish.
  87. Elaine Mason on July 24, 2011 - click here to reply
    Thanks - great advice. This worked for me running 10.6.8. although colours can be hit and miss. Now thinking of upgrading to Lion 10.7, but wary about getting the HP1600 to work, anyone tried it yet?
  88. Alex on July 30, 2011 - click here to reply
    Just installed it on Lion OSX. Works great. Just had to restart the computer after enabling the root user to get pass the username/password to change the settings. Thank you
  89. Jon on August 6, 2011 - click here to reply
    Works on my Lion iMac after restart. 1 bit colours ok but like draft mode. 2 bits colours over saturated and greens too lime.
  90. Richard Moore on August 17, 2011 - click here to reply
    Thanks - just amazing and extremely clear instructions.
    Well done.
  91. Elaine Mason on August 27, 2011 - click here to reply
    Finally installed Lion OSX, and after a few weeks of black, white and grey printing, I went into the root by following instructions in step 3. The HP1600 is now printing colour again. Colour on photos isn't good (but wasn't under Snow Leopard) but is fine for everything else.
    Thank you!
  92. John W on September 6, 2011 - click here to reply
    I am running Mac OS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard and had the HP Colour LaserJet 1600 running previously under Leopard (10.5). Tried installing the 'new' drivers - the last one (hpijs) does not allow you to select the HP LJ1600. I de-installed just this one (hpijs) and installed the foo2zjs from the original drivers. Monochrome printing worked.

    Went into the localhost:163 and tried to change the color settings - the CUPS web page is completely different. Had to go to the 'Printers' tab, 'Maintenance' selector, 'Set Default Options' to get to the correct page. Got stuck again because the computer is asking for root access. After following the instructions for enabling the root account, was able to change the printer settings (2 bit plane color). Color printed but not great (colors are a bit off).

    Just for an experiment, I went and changed the printer driver to HP LJ2600 (they are in the same family) and colour printing actually looks much closer to originals.

    Checking back with the printer configuration, I now get a different printer page/options - but these are probably for the LJ 2600 specifically.

    The colour output is much better, so I will stay with the LJ 2600 settings. Everything works great!
  93. bignorm on September 11, 2011 - click here to reply
    Thank you Thank you Thank you!! Your instructions worked like a champ. Color is fine too.

    System Version:Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)
    Kernel Version:Darwin 10.8.0
  94. Tay on September 12, 2011 - click here to reply
    On step 4, I can see the hp colour laser jet...under printer name, however the bit which is highlighted with a red circle in print using...doesn't come up, and I've checked drop down menu....could anybody suggest how to overcome this? or is it located somewhere else in the drop down menu?
  95. Walid on October 8, 2011 - click here to reply
    Hi, I've simply followed the instructions listed below and I success to install the printer with no problems. So thanks a lot for this web page very very useful. Another time, thank you.
  96. Walid on October 8, 2011 - click here to reply
    My configuration is iMac 2010 core i3 4 Gb memory and Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1. and I've tested the installation successfully.
  97. Giulia on October 14, 2011 - click here to reply
    GRAZIE THANKS.. I'm really happy now, it tooks me a long while but I finally Menage !!!
  98. Tonia on October 24, 2011 - click here to reply
    This has certainly been a great help... I just need to figure out what I need to do to print color.
  99. Ed on October 26, 2011 - click here to reply
    Thanks a Zillion guys! i followed the steps verbatim and i had Zero issues and 100% positive results. I love this. Have no idea how helpful this resource is especially when you're working out of Africa (Ghana) with minimal resources to fall back on. Nice work!
  100. Jeroen on November 1, 2011 - click here to reply
    Won't work. It doesn't list the correct printer. Screen shot:
  101. Wiilie on November 7, 2011 - click here to reply
    My HP 1600 printer stopped working (shows "offline"). I've installed the printer with particular instructions succesfully before.

    I tried to install the printer again with the same procedure but without success...
    Should I uninstall the components before reinstalling? I'm a rookie Mac user, and not a genius with these things (as you can see).

    Any tips?

    Tusen tack.
  102. Luce on December 5, 2011 - click here to reply
    Thanks a million! You saved me! I've installed everything and it works like a charm on Leopard. I didn't need step 5 and 6 though; I could change the color settings locally.
  103. chipo on December 21, 2011 - click here to reply
    it is working on a macbook lion 10.7.2 this
  104. pavlov on January 26, 2012 - click here to reply
    It's also working on my IMAC
  105. Sandi on February 24, 2012 - click here to reply
    Thank you so much for this article! I've had one of these printers sitting in the corner of my office since I switched to a MSC two years ago. I can FINALLY put this thing back to work!
  106. Corrie on February 26, 2012 - click here to reply
    Doesnot work on my Powermac! No printers in my System Preferences!
  107. Andy on March 2, 2012 - click here to reply
    Just got this working on OS Lion after many hours of tearing my hair out. Thanks a million to all those who posted here. 2bits per plane is essential for HP 1600 color laserjet (if you want color). Also rather than trying to set defaults in CUPS. When you go to print click on the "layout" drop down menu and select "printer features" and just set it to print in color rather than monochrome.

    Thanks to everyone for there posts!
  108. Kevin on April 1, 2012 - click here to reply
    Thanks for the info and attached driver files. I have leopard (10.5) and it installed and works great for my LaserJet 1600.
  109. jason chow on May 8, 2012 - click here to reply
    Thanks a lot!!
  110. stav on May 14, 2012 - click here to reply
    Thank you so much for this, without it id be lost and buying a new printer
  111. Nadia on May 24, 2012 - click here to reply
    Thank you for all the info all worked so far but can't find anything to add in the print using:
    section - I downloaded both old and new drivers.

    Am i looking in the wrong place?

    I am still new on a Mac and would really appreciate your help

    Thank you
    • Nadia: it's been a loooong time since I've done it. From the sounds of it though, people seem to have more luck with the older version. It could be worth restarting the machine just in case something wonky is going on, and go through each of the 3 installations included in the old package carefully again.

      If you can't get it working, keep in mind that there have been a few people who haven't had luck either, so don't spend too much time on it if things don't look promising. It works for many, but certainly not for everyone's machine.

      Best of luck!
  112. Nadia on May 30, 2012 - click here to reply
    Hi Matt

    Thank you for the feedback - last question i promise - i have now got to set 5 but the webpage
    http://localhost:631/, seems to have expired any other page you can suggest?

    • Nadia:

      You could try though to be honest, it shouldn't make a difference (both addresses point to the printer service on your own machine that one of the packages should have installed).

      If steps #1-4 indeed worked, you should be able to print now though (however, you'll be limited to black & white until you get steps 5&6 working). So you might want to verify that #1-4 worked by trying to print something now (try a document, web-page, anything). If for whatever reason it didn't work, the service on localhost:631 ( won't exist.

      I should probably mention that if you're hitting a wall, a few others have mentioned that they had success with the driver for the HP LaserJet 2600 (it's supposed to be similar to the 1600). This is a bit of a shot-in-the-dark, but you could try choosing drivers for that model - I'm not sure if Mac OS X has those drivers built-in or not, but it could be worth trying. If they're built-in, you won't have to fiddle with packages and can instead just add/choose the 2600 and see if it works (if it does, great! if it doesn't, there's generally no harm in trying anyway). If 2600 drivers aren't built-in, HP did put out some Mac drivers for the 2600 at although they're quite old (then again, my write-up is pretty old now too!). Those could be worth trying. If those aren't successful either, you could always peek up at a few of the other comments and see if you can reproduce the steps others took to get their 1600 working with the 2600 drivers.

      All that said, I should caution you that installing a zillion packages trying to get something working periodically results in all the things you've installed conflicting with each other and creating new problems. So while I hope something here helps you get that printer going, I'd urge you not to be overzealous in trying anything & everything. As I mentioned, sometimes you can do everything 100% correctly and the thing still doesn't work.

      In any case, I wish you the best of luck.
  113. Babinsky on August 4, 2012 - click here to reply
    Thank you Matt - you are a lifesaver, I was about to bring this printer to the salvation army!

    One thing I had to do in the later steps (for those who are a bit less technical like I am) - after enabling the root account, I had to restart my computer, then change mode to color and 2-bit in the localhost, then restart again in order to print.
  114. Anonymous on August 18, 2012 - click here to reply
    Hey I got it to work up until step 5
    When I click the link it says web interface disabled. I used this driver for my previous computer and didn't have this problem. Any suggestions? Do you have another link that may work. Thanks a lot, help is greatly appreciated.
  115. JT on September 11, 2012 - click here to reply
    FWIW: Using Mountain Lion and Networked HP 1600 Printer. I hit the wall in the final steps like many of you. Matt's outline on step 3 (I used some of Apples data on the Root/CUPS access as outlined) and restarting the machine as mentioned above cleared that hurdle. I had success in B&W, but color was escaping me. I finally played with the settings and changed it from 1 to 2 plane and that seemed to be the fix for everything. Thanks for all the time spent sharing this data and for everyone else that added solutions and feedback above. Hope the additional comments help.
    • pp on September 19, 2012 - click here to reply
      Hi there, i had the same problem, how do you set up the SETTING that enable your printer to print in color..i only have Black n white.
  116. zgr on September 13, 2012 - click here to reply
    thank you
  117. martin on December 11, 2012 - click here to reply
    it's working even with the latest osx. root password was simple 2 get and it works perfectly. thnx boys an girls
  118. Sean O on April 8, 2013 - click here to reply
    Nice work! My HP Color Laserjet 1600 is putting out crisp prints no problem!
  119. Anonymous on July 28, 2014 - click here to reply
    I have loaded the HP Laserjet 1600 Drivers on Mac ox 10.9 works with Word and CUPS when test page required but not when wanting to print a PDF can anyone help
  120. Michael on August 18, 2014 - click here to reply
    thanks a lot - it works :-)))
  121. Achim on October 24, 2014 - click here to reply
    if you get errors take a look at error_log at ( )
  122. Hey guys,

    I have a working method for how to install the HP Color LaserJet 1600 drivers for Yosemite. The above way does work, but you need the latest foomatic-rip. So you have to download and install the following as the tutorial above instructs:
    • gplgs-8.63-ub.dmg
    • foomatic-rip- *** NEW VERSION i.e. NOT foomatic-rip-2008-01-30.dmg (Download from here: you will see the link: Foomatic-RIP 4.0.6 (668 KB))
    • foo2zjs-1.1.2-ub.dmg

    Now follow the rest of the tutorial above, add your printer either via USB or IP if you have a print server. (I have a TP-LINK USB PRINT SERVER TL-PS110U which allows me to put my 1600 on my local network at IP, works like a charm, check it out.)

    Now, you are likely to get a filter failed error, or contact your printer manufacturer error when printing. The solution for me was to do the following as suggested by user "wue5" on
    • Open terminal then enter the following lines, 1 by 1, and press enter after each one:
    cd /usr/libexec/cups/filter
    sudo rm foomatic-rip
    cd /usr/local/bin
    sudo cp * /usr/libexec/cups/filter

    Explanation of what the above code fixed: "The problem is simply the sandboxing of yosemite. The whole foomatic-software including hpijs and gostscript is normally installed in /usr/local/bin, where cups has no access in yosemite. I solved the problem by copying the whole content of /usr/local/bin into /usr/libexec/cups/filter. In this directory you must remove the link to foomatic-rip in /usr/local/bin before."

    If after this, your printing does not work, just install foomatic-rip- again.
    Then try print again and see what happens.

    I hope this helps someone.

    Kind regards,
    • Jared on June 14, 2015 - click here to reply
      I tried this a couple different ways for my Yosemite iMac and am still getting the "Filter" failed error when I go to print. I did the description at the top with the 4.0.6 file and same filter failed error.
      I did have to use this instead: sudo cp -R .... to get the foo2zjs directory to transfer.
      I also did: mv "foo2zjs 1" foo2zjs
      Still getting "filter" failed.

      Any idea what might be wrong?
    • jared on June 14, 2015 - click here to reply
      Also found in

      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44] Starting process "renderer" (generation 2)
      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44] JCL: %-12345X@PJL
      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44]
      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44] /usr/local/bin/foo2hp2600-wrapper: illegal option -- z
      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44] renderer exited with status 1
      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44] Possible error on renderer command line or PostScript error. Check options.DEBUG: Read 2849 bytes of print data...
      D [14/Jun/2015:20:56:35 -0400] [Job 44] Closing renderer
    • jared on June 14, 2015 - click here to reply
      I noticed that in foo2hp2600-wrapper didn't have options for -z, which I was using v 1.57. I copied v 1.77 from here and replaced the file with this one (also changing permissions):

      to version, which has -z options:

      VERSION='$Id:,v 1.77 2011/01/20 00:59:57 rick Exp $'

      which I got the same error in

      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] Starting renderer with command: "foo2hp2600-wrapper -z0 -b1 -c -p1 -m1 -s7 -d1 -Oy=0 -Om=0 -Oc=0 -n1 -Gdefault "
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] Starting process "kid3" (generation 1)
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] Starting process "kid4" (generation 2)
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] Starting process "renderer" (generation 2)
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] JCL: %-12345X@PJL
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45]
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] /usr/local/bin/foo2hp2600-wrapper: illegal option -- z
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] renderer exited with status 1
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] Possible error on renderer command line or PostScript error. Check options.DEBUG: Read 2849 bytes of print data...
      D [14/Jun/2015:21:44:34 -0400] [Job 45] Closing renderer
      • Jared on June 28, 2015 - click here to reply
        I finally got my printer going. Wanted to say what I did in case anyone else found this.

        I figured I did so many installations, that there was a bunch of junk files, soI deleted everything, folders and directories in: /usr/libexec/cups/filter

        I redid the installations described at the top plus what Bernard Myburgh said to address sandboxing. Then was getting "commandtops file not found" or similar error. commandtops is part of CUPS, which I couldn't find a way to reinstall.

        So, I reinstalled Yosemite, and setup the printer for color. Now prints great.
  123. LIVIO on January 14, 2015 - click here to reply
  124. Janet on March 3, 2015 - click here to reply
    The browser doesn't work, but I can finally print from 10.9! Thanks so much for sharing!
  125. Simmy on July 27, 2015 - click here to reply
    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!
  126. Ronald Besser on August 25, 2015 - click here to reply
    Navigated the latest entries above and got LaserJet 1600 printer to work with os X 10.10.5 after succeeding on the filter problem. Thanks much for the help. The last remaining problem is that no matter what I try, I can't get past the CUPS login inside the printer configuration page to set the default to color from monochrome. I activated the root user, tried that, used my regular administrator user and pw, etc., but nothing. Is there a simple, mindless way I can get around this? Thanks much.
  127. Jacob on August 27, 2015 - click here to reply
    I'm having an issue trying to follow these steps now. It seems that HP Color Laserjet 1600 has been removed from the available drivers. Is there any driver I can use/a way to fix this?
  128. MK on September 19, 2015 - click here to reply
    thank you for sharing this info, but i have a problem in step 5: Web Interface is Disabled

    Currently, the Web interface is disabled. Run "cupsctl WebInterface = yes" to activate.
    And i don't know how to do it, please help!
  129. Bernard on June 20, 2016 - click here to reply
    Any update on this for El Capitan? Just upgraded and started afresh like a new born baby, but now I cant print. I get the error : "Installation failed - The installer could not install the software because there was no software found to install." Please help!

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