Checking Ink Levels in Linux

An interesting article on listing the possibilities available to check the ink levels on different printers under Linux. It is very handy to know what is left in a cartridge before you start a print job, so you can NOT start the job if there is a risk of one color getting short (and you lose the print).

libinklevel is available in Ubuntu repositories but only 2 frontends are available: qink (QT4 based) and a command line: ink. It looks like my printer is not supported, so I cannot tell you more :-/

A funny line from the last Chasseur d’Images: 71% of the people interrogated in a survey from Ipsos-Kodak stated that price of ink for printers is far to high. Among them 39% stated it is a “robbery” (arnaque).


4 Responses to Checking Ink Levels in Linux

  1. Dear Joel,

    a happy new year to you and your family!

    Best regards – Markus

  2. jcornuz says:

    Hi Markus,

    Thanks for your comment. That is a much more appropriate message for January 1 than a rant on ink price. Happy new year to you as well!!

    Take care,


  3. Rolf says:

    The ink prices are like prices for razor blades by Gilette or oil for lamps by Rockefeller. The lamp is dirt cheap, the oil expensive. 😉

  4. jcornuz says:

    If you print quite a lot, there also is the solution of using a Continuous Ink System. If you take a good one (like a Lyson) you end up with very high quality prints for a fraction of the cost. However, you need to print a lot and regularely for that option to be of use.

    One day, when I am a famous photographer, selling lots of prints for lots of money, that’s what I’ll get 😛

    Take care,


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