Canon MG6200 series in Ubuntu

One of the things I love in Linux is that most of the peripherals that require installation in MS Win are really plug and play. Mice, USB dongle and many printers do not need any installation.
Unfortunately, my Canon MG6250 multifunction printer is not so Linux-friendly…
If you have to install such printer or more generically a Canon printer here how to proceed.
Step 0 – Remove old drivers
If you are retrying installation, first of all completely remove drivers installed previously. I do it with Synaptic.
Step 1 – Get drivers
You can get Canon drivers from Canon site.
Google something like “Canon MG6250 driver linux” and you’ll easily found the page with MG6200 series drivers.
Once there select “Linux” as OS and download both the printer driver and the scanner driver.
On the page you’ll found both DEB and RPM packages, download what you need. This guide is aimed to Ubuntu users so you have to download the DEB (valid also for Debian and derivatives) but if you use Red Hat or derivative (e.g. Fedora) you have to get the RPM. Sources are also available if you prefer to compile yourself.
Step 2 – Additional package
These drivers need libtiff4 but on Ubuntu 14.04 there are only libtiff5.
You can get libtiff4 from saucy repository.
Install libtiff4 before to proceed further.
Step 3 – Install Canon drivers for scanner
Now you are ready to start installation.
Open the terminal on the directory where you have downloaded the Canon drivers and extract the scangear archive
tar -xvf scangearmp-mg6200series-1.80-1-deb.tar.gz
now go into
cd scangearmp-mg6200series-1.80-1-deb/packages 
sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-common_1.80-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-mg6200series_1.80-1_amd64.deb
or if you are using a 32 bit OS
sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-common_1.80-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-mg6200series_1.80-1_i386.deb
Step 4 – Create launcher
You can use scangear from GIMP (you’ll see it as a plugin) or you can launch the scangearmp program from terminal.
I do suggest you to create a launcher with Menu editor.
Step 5 – Install Canon drivers for printer
Same as step 3 you have to install the drivers for the printer.
Again from the terminal:
tar -xvf cnijfilter-mg6200series-3.60-1-deb.tar.gz
now go into
cd cnijfilter-mg6200series-3.60-1-deb/packages
sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-common_3.60-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-mg6200series_3.60-1_amd64.deb
or if you are using a 32 bit OS
sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-common_3.60-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-mg6200series_3.60-1_i386.deb
Step 6 – Define your printer
With printer you can now define your printer either USB or LAN or both.
New Printer_001

New Printer_003

Step 7 – Select the right driver
Once done you’ll get the printer configured with CUPS/Gutenprint drivers.
Printer Properties - 'MG6200LAN' on localhost_004
In such conditions the print on paper is quite good but the print of picture on photo paper is absolutely unacceptable, dark images and bad definition.
To solve this issue you have to select Canon driver instead of CUPS.
Change Driver_005 Change Driver_006  And ynow you can print your pictures with good quality!

That’s all folks!
Have fun!!!

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