cupsfilter - convert a file to another format using cups filters
cupsfilter [ --list-filters ] [ -D ] [ -U
user ] [ -c config-file ] [ -d printer ] [
-e ] [ -i mime/type ] [ -j job-id[,N] ] [
-m mime/type ] [ -n copies ] [ -o
name=value ] [ -p filename.ppd ] [ -t title
] [ -u ] filename
cupsfilter is a front-end to the CUPS filter subsystem which allows you
to convert a file to a specific format, just as if you had printed the file
through CUPS. By default, cupsfilter generates a PDF file. The
converted file is sent to the standard output.
- Do not actually run the filters, just print the filters used to
- Delete the input file after conversion.
- -U user
- Specifies the username passed to the filters. The default is the name of
the current user.
- -c config-file
- Uses the named cups-files.conf configuration file.
- -d printer
- Uses information from the named printer.
- Use every filter from the PPD file.
- -i mime/type
- Specifies the source file type. The default file type is guessed using the
filename and contents of the file.
- -j job-id[,N]
- Converts document N from the specified job. If N is omitted, document 1 is
- -m mime/type
- Specifies the destination file type. The default file type is
application/pdf. Use printer/foo to convert to the printer format defined
by the filters in the PPD file.
- -n copies
- Specifies the number of copies to generate.
- -o name=value
- Specifies options to pass to the CUPS filters.
- -p filename.ppd
- Specifies the PPD file to use.
- -t title
- Specifies the document title.
- Delete the PPD file after conversion.
cupsfilter returns a non-zero exit status on any error.
All of the standard cups(1) environment variables affect the operation of
Unlike when printing, filters run using the cupsfilter command use the
current user and security session. This may result in different output or
The following command will generate a PDF preview of job 42 for a printer named
"myprinter" and save it to a file named "preview.pdf":
cupsfilter -m application/pdf -d myprinter -j 42 >preview.pdf
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