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How To: Mac X Show Print History Reprint

How To: Mac X Show Print History Reprint
You can lookup the print jobs of your Mac X machine and determine to re-print them if necessary. Using CUPS (open source printing system), you can track and re-print old print jobs in Mac X. Let’s get started.


1. First, we need to enable the cups backend browser GUI. Open Mac X Terminal


2. Type cupsctl WebInterface=yes and hit return

CUPS Enable Web Interface Mac X


3. Open Safari. Type the following URL into Safari: http://localhost:631 You will be presented with the page similar below.

 CUPS Web Interface Administration


4. Navigate to Jobs then click Show Completed Jobs


CUPS Show Completed Jobs



5. Here you will see a list of all completed jobs since your Mac OS was born. Notice the Control column here. This is where you would see a re-print option. Chances are you aren’t seeing this. By default, re-print isn’t enabled with CUPS and we will need to manually enable this.


CUPS No Reprint Option Showing



6. Go back to Terminal and type the following command: sudo cupsctl PreserveJobFiles=Yes Hit enter and you will be prompted for your user account password.


CUPS Enable Reprint Mac x Terminal

7. Now, print a new job. You can print anything. You will now see the lovely Reprint Job button in the Control column. Yay!


CUPS Display Reprint Button



You can set the amount of Reprint jobs the CUPS queue will remember. Do so in Terminal by specifying a value.

Type sudo cupsctl MaxJobs=100 (sets memory of jobs to be 100)



Enjoy!

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Comments

Eugene on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:38

Thank you so much I got my document back you are the best

Thank you so much I got my document back you are the best
Tal on Saturday, 21 March 2020 16:51

How do I reprint something from December 2019? I only have the option to reprint from yesterday

How do I reprint something from December 2019? I only have the option to reprint from yesterday :(
Become The Solution on Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:10

You will only see re-print for print jobs AFTER you have enabled this! If CUPS was not previously enabled before you printed a job, you won't see this option. If after you enabled CUPS and THEN print a job, you will see re-print.

You will only see re-print for print jobs AFTER you have enabled this! If CUPS was not previously enabled before you printed a job, you won't see this option. If after you enabled CUPS and THEN print a job, you will see re-print.
tullips on a thursday on Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:51

I also am not seeing the reprint! what do you mean that it only works "after the fact"?

I also am not seeing the reprint! what do you mean that it only works "after the fact"?
Ajay on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 02:18

My terminal does not let me type my password in. A question mark appears and after that I can't type anything.

My terminal does not let me type my password in. A question mark appears and after that I can't type anything.
Become The Solution on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:25

Unfortunately not that I'm aware of. Maybe a feature that comes enabled by default in future versions of Mac X.

Unfortunately not that I'm aware of. Maybe a feature that comes enabled by default in future versions of Mac X.
Kale on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:31

Ok now I understand that it only works after the fact. Is there a way to enable reprinting older jobs?

Ok now I understand that it only works after the fact. Is there a way to enable reprinting older jobs?
Kale on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:23

I followed everything exactly and entered my password and I am still not seeing the reprint button...

I followed everything exactly and entered my password and I am still not seeing the reprint button...
Become The Solution on Friday, 26 May 2017 17:24

"Machine Password" is the user account password for the user you are logged in with. This would be the same password you use to install something on your Mac. I have updated this article and changed "machine password" to be "user account password". Let us know if you still have issues.

"Machine Password" is the user account password for the user you are logged in with. This would be the same password you use to install something on your Mac. I have updated this article and changed "machine password" to be "user account password". Let us know if you still have issues.
Rose Quispe on Friday, 26 May 2017 11:37

what is a machine password?

what is a machine password?
sim singh on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 02:18

Hi,

I can't seem to understand what a Machine Password is and where is can be located

Hi, I can't seem to understand what a Machine Password is and where is can be located
Dad on Sunday, 22 January 2017 16:56

It's too bad this isn't an option in regular settings. I would sure like to be able to print a job from a couple months back. It has to be rewritten instead of reprinted.

Thanks for this.

It's too bad this isn't an option in regular settings. I would sure like to be able to print a job from a couple months back. It has to be rewritten instead of reprinted. Thanks for this.
D on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:18

Any other options? I can only reprint something I printed today. Hoping to print something from 2 days ago.

Any other options? I can only reprint something I printed today. Hoping to print something from 2 days ago.
David on Friday, 02 December 2016 16:50

Does this work on Sierra?

Followed the terminal commands and still cant see anything showing under the control coloumns

Does this work on Sierra? Followed the terminal commands and still cant see anything showing under the control coloumns
Become The Solution on Monday, 05 December 2016 07:37

David, only AFTER you enable CUPS will the control columns be populated. Test it and print something and see afterwords if a job populates with control info (after you have enabled CUPS)

David, only AFTER you enable CUPS will the control columns be populated. Test it and print something and see afterwords if a job populates with control info (after you have enabled CUPS)
sim on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 02:31

Hello,

What does it mean by the machine password and where can I find it. Or what is it??

Hello, What does it mean by the machine password and where can I find it. Or what is it??
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