How To — Install Brother Printer Driver in Ubuntu 15.04

How to install the driver for a Brother MFC-J870DW into Ubuntu Linux MATE edition, v. 15.04. Many of the Linux videos I see on YouTube are about how to install distros, but you want to be productive too, so here is my first demo so you can see that you can actually print. Since Brother provides Linux drivers for most of their printers, laser and inkjet, the procedure shown here is basically the same for every printer they make.

Link to brother here:

This also installs the scanner driver. The scanner demo is here:

33 thoughts on “How To — Install Brother Printer Driver in Ubuntu 15.04

  1. Thanks for sharing. When I went to the Brother site I had an option to Deb or the other one, I wasn't sure which one to choose, I have Ubuntu 14. Which one is correct?

  2. Steven you are The Man!! After 4 hours of trying to install the Brother MFC-J870DW on Ubuntu 14 without success, I found this video. You explained it perfectly, and showed step by step how you did it. All youtube videos should be this good!

  3. you should not have any problems installing the scanner drivers,they are straight forward;you might need to install sane ,and xsane from the pkg. manager

  4. because my english is not so good, i couldn't follow you promptly, but i really have big problem with installation linux to my printer, which is i purchase just yesterday> Is there any chance you can gaide mt by facetime calling, to install my MFC-J985 DW, and i agree to pay for that > So please answer me my phone # 8185714344 and im Arsen email [email protected]

  5. Steven I just used your video to install a Brother HL 1110 on a Chuwi SE laptop running Mint 19.1 tessa. Your tutorial was the easiest one and the most understandable even for someone like me with basic Linux knowledge. The printer works flawless. Can't thank you enough. Cheers Roberto.

  6. Thank you for the excellent tutorial!! Printer installed without a hitch. This is what I really enjoy about Linux; the wealth of knowledge and the willingness to share it.

  7. Friend very good explanation but just print the test page I can not print I saw the scanner video does not work that I can do? Forgive my English I'm Uruguayan great greeting. DCP T500W linux mint 18.3

  8. Didn't work. Arrrgh! Why must this be so tough??! The driver is in my Downloads folder, but when I run this in Terminal it says "No such file or directory" Everywhere else on the net people are having such easy success installing a Brother printer…but me? Hell no ***UPDATE: I finally got it installed BUT I had to do it a bit differently than you did in the video. I think I just omitted the word "bash" in the command line and it worked. I just kept playing around with it! Thanks for the "bread crumbs" and the lead though! 🙂

  9. Another happy customer. Thanks for your help. I had some trouble with getting my driver recognized, but I followed your cue and played around with formatting the title until it worked. Thanks!

  10. Thank you for your help! I followed the instructions twice and nothing happened. Then realized I had to first plug my printer into my computer! Tried it the third time and now we're golden. This was a great how-to guide.

  11. hello..I watched the video and I had a problem ''sudo bash linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1 DCP-J132W bash: linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1:No such file or directory'' I had these after the command can you help me plZZ how can I contact you..I need an answer soon as possible please and thanks..:)

  12. Thank you so much!!! I have been trying to figure out how to connect the exact same printer for 2 days now (new to Linux) and your video was an absolute godsend. I really appreciate it. Got my Brother printer working!

  13. Thank you so much for making this video!
    I used this video when setting up my brother printer/scanner on 15.04 and 15.10 and it was sole reason I got the printer and scanner to work.
    Thank you so much once again!

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