The Printer Working Group

Our members include printer and multi-function device manufacturers, print server developers, operating system providers, print management application developers, and industry experts. We make printers, multi-function devices, and the applications and operating systems supporting them work together better.

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The PWG Formal Vote of the IPP System Service v1.0 (SYSTEM) is currently underway.

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3D Printing

The PWG has defined an IPP extension for 3D printing using standard file formats and an associated XML print job ticket format.

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IPP Everywhere™

Print to any network or USB printer without using special software from the manufacturer.

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PWG Semantic Model

Support multiple network protocols and job ticket formats using our abstract model.

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PWG Standards define all of the common network protocols used by your printer.

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PWG Press Release: Printer Working Group (PWG) Adds Features to IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) Oct 9, 2019

The Printer Working Group (PWG) has added significant new capabilities to its widely adopted IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) industry standard embedded into almost all printers today. The PWG‘s IPP Everywhere™ allows computers and mobile devices to find printers and print without the use of vendor-specific software, or drivers, saving manufacturers, device makers and users time and money.


PWG August 2019 Face-to-Face Meeting - Summary Sep 23, 2019

The PWG held its August 2019 Virtual Face-to-Face Meeting on August 28-30, 2019 via WebEx teleconferences. Representatives from Apple, Canon, Google, High North, HP Inc., Kyocera, Lexmark, Qualcomm, TIC, TCS and Xerox attended the meetings. Attendees reviewed work in progress, including drafts of a number of in-progress specifications, and discussed liaisons with partner groups. Here is a summary of the proceedings.


PWG Approved: IPP Authentication Methods v1.0 (PWG 5199.10-2019) Sep 20, 2019

PWG Best Practices 5199.10-2019: IPP Authentication Methods v1.0 has been approved. This PWG Best Practices document provides implementation guidance on how to best integrate various authentication mechanisms used over IPP‘s HTTP and HTTPS transports into IPP protocol exchanges when printer access or print feature policy requires authorization.

This and other PWG Best Practices documents can be found at the PWG “Informational Documents” page:

It is directly available at the following URLs:


PWG Approved: PWG Safe G-Code Subset for 3D Printing v1.0 Aug 28, 2019

PWG Safe G-Code Subset for 3D Printing v1.0 has been approved as PWG Best Practice 5199.7-2019.

This document document defines a “safe” subset of G-code for use in 3D printing with IPP along with the capabilities and parameters needed to allow a client to generate G-code compatible with the printer.


PWG Approved: PWG MFD Alerts v1.1 (MFD Alerts) Aug 26, 2019

PWG MFD Alerts v1.1 (MFD Alerts) has been approved as PWG Candidate Standard 5107.3-2019.

This specification updates the previously approved 5107.3 candidate standard defining an update to the IANA-PRINTER-MIB (originally published in RFC 3805) to provide support for SNMP alerts in a multifunction device (MFD) and an equivalent update to IPP “printer-state-reasons” [STD92] and IPP “printer-alert” [PWG5100.9].


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