Printing labels: Xprinter XP-360B with drivers for Linux

The Xprinter XP-360B has proven to be a valuable addition for the office, it is here in use for years now and is able to spit out labels at an insane speed. But for incidental labels it works fine too. Getting it running in Xubuntu (Ubuntu Linux plus XFCE) was a real challenge without known drivers. This page is aiming to help and should give enough clues for similar environments.

Table of Contents

Installing

Web rot, old post from Gempur left without further clues. It was a PITA to get it working years ago… But, I tend to save a lot, drivers gone, drivers back: https://vanderworp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Linux64_v0.2.06.zip.

dmesg, not very helpful:

[ 6480.079317] usb 3-1: new full-speed USB device number 3 using ohci-pci
[ 6480.274571] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1fc9, idProduct=2016, bcdDevice= 1.00
[ 6480.274575] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
[ 6480.280677] usblp 3-1:1.0: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 3 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x1FC9 pid 0x2016

The archive from 2013 contains an outdated pdf, currently running Xubuntu 19.04 it needs some clarification:

  • Extract the zip in “Downloads”
  • Terminal > sudo su
  • cd /home/username/Downloads/Linux64_v0.2.06
  • tar -xzvf tscdriver-0.2.06-x86_64.tar.gz
  • move all to an appropriate location, I did put dir tscdriver-0.2.06 in ~/
  • cd /home/username/tscdriver-0.2.06/
  • ./install-driver
start <TSC Printer Driver (x86_64)> install......
start copy files......
restart spooler - CUPS
[ ok ] Restarting cups (via systemctl): cups.service.
     install driver completed
  • Now go to Whisker > settings > printers and add a new printer.
  • Select “Xprinter XP-360B” > Forward > WAIT > Provide ppd > Browse to /home/username/tscdriver-0.2.06/ppd and select driver TDP-245Plus.ppd.
  • That’s it.

Printing labels

But how do we print labels? A good start is gLabels. Make a template for your label size and go testing, it works well!

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