OSX Tips – Turn off / Disable CUPS from the Command Line




CUPS – the Common Unix Printing System is a modular printing system for unix-like operating systems, and is built in to Mac OSX. You may want to disable it to free up resources if you are optimising your system, and you can do so in the following way from the command line:

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

You can re-enable it with the following:

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

You can test to see if it’s running with the following command:

sudo launchctl list | grep cupsd
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